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.)
Everything (except plants) is included in this terrarium kit: glass terrarium, charcoal, orchid bark, soil, moss, gravel and stones. This gift is easy to ship to someone who will enjoy adding the plants and using their own creativity to create a garden. $49.99-$79.99. Available at Wagners Garden Centers — 6024 Penn Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-922-6901; 2100 W. Old Shakopee Rd., Bloomington, 952-884-7889 .
If you are interested in native plants and bees and want to learn more about which flowering native plants might work well in your garden, Pollinators of Native Plants (Pollination Press LLC, 2014) by local author Heather Holm is a must-have for your reference shelf or that of your favorite gardener or nature lover. $22.39-$29.95. Available at Terrace Horticultural Books, 503 St. Clair Ave., St. Paul; 651-222-5536.
It’s not hard to figure out why these puzzles made from recycled cardboard and soy-based ink are the perfect gifts for cabin vacationers, seniors, children and others on your list. It’s the Minnesota and Northwoods themes. $20. Available at Mother Earth Gardens, 3738 42nd Ave. S. and 2318 Lowry Ave. N.E., Minneapolis; 612-724-2296.
Replace your summer hanging baskets with lovely, handmade pinecone chandeliers from Pahl’s Market. For special gift recipients, choose a spruce pot from Pahl’s five exclusive styles or splurge on a custom design. $44.99-$59.99. Available at Pahl’s Market, 6885 160th St., Apple Valley; 952-431-4345.