Every year, Northern Gardener works with some of the most savvy, on-trend buyers in Minnesota’s garden industry to come up with a list of gifts for gardeners. Now that the turkey is being digested, here are a few of things we recommend. (Watch for more gift ideas over the next few days, or check out the November/December issue of Northern Gardener for the complete list.)
The gardeners on your Christmas list will appreciate these long-lasting, cast-iron plant markers. Available for many varieties of herbs and vegetables, these sturdy and decorative identifiers work in pots or plots. Each marker has an 8¼-inch stake and is 11½ inches tall total. $5.99.Available at Uncommon Gardens, 5750 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-866-3033.
If you’re shopping for plant lovers who don’t like to get their hands dirty, consider air plants. Sargent’s Gardens offers several unusual options for air plants and miniatures that would be great presents or hostess gifts. The Air Pendant and Life Magnetic collections come with succulent plants or air plants. The Living Canvas includes a frame with a plastic liner so you can water the plants without worrying about leaks. $9.99-$17.99. Available at Sargent’s Garden, 1811 2nd St. S.W., Rochester; 507-289-6068.
Let the bees make your holiday gifts. Bees make propolis, a substance that combines antiseptic properties with strong antioxidant power, and Panier des Sens Organic Honey Products from Provence uses it in its Honey Hand Cream with propolis extracts ($16) and Honey Extra-gentle Soap with propolis extracts ($8). Or, give Honey Liquid Marseille Soap, which is rich in honey with hydrating, soothing and regenerative properties. $18. Available at Squire House Gardens, 3390 St. Croix Trail S., Afton; 651-436-8080.