Since this is the season of gift giving, I thought I would highlight a few of my favorite things or a few of the items on my list to help with your Holiday Shopping.
Toronto Gardener’s Journal and Source Book
This guide is many things. Despite its title it is not just for those that live in Toronto, perfect for gardeners all over Southern Ontario. It is a week by week Garden Journal; that contains maps from Windsor to Kingston that show average frost dates, a soil map for identifying your soil type and a handy guide for tracking the weather. The book is an amazing Source Guide with hundreds of resources from books and blogs to apps. Garden related Educational Programs, Garden Events as well as Gardens to visit.
My favorite books for the gardening book lover on your list. I really love Heaven is a Garden: Designing Serene Outdoor Spaces for Inspiration and Reflectionand The Spirit of Stone: 101 Practical & Creative Stonescaping Ideas for Your Garden both written by Landscape Designer Jan Johnsen. Beautiful pictures and inspiring ideas for all levels of gardeners on your list.
A Forged Pocket Pruner
We all need a good pair of pruners (or 2) but this one I received as a gift and I love it. It is so compact as it is only 5 ½ long, high quality. So it is perfect for your pocket, your car or even the kitchen drawer. This little pruner is available from Lee Valley.
Florals 2019 Calendar
Lastly, many of us buy calendars at this time of year, for ourselves or as a gift. I wanted to highlight a calendar created by a local flower farmer. I follow Melanie from the Dahlia May Flower Farm on Social Media and she has been a guest on Down the Garden Path. This hardworking young lady is doing a wonderful job growing beautiful flowers, creating wonderful bouquets and winter arrangements. She is located in Trenton Ontario.
She has created a beautiful calendar of photographs of her locally grown flowers. I think it is important to support local as much as we can and I love the idea of supporting businesses that use flowers that have been grown locally instead of being sourced outside of Canada.
If you are looking for more suggestions and want to hear more about these ideas, listen to this episode of Down the Garden Path – Gift Ideas show with Garden Blogger Jen McGuinness who joins us to discuss her latest post on Gifts for Gardeners with Matthew and me.