21 gifts for the gardener
Make your favorite green thumb's holiday merry and bright
Hand-painted with constellations, these wheel-thrown ceramic bells with hemp hangers and reclaimed wood clappers are perfect gifts for the stargazers in your life. The bells vary in size (the one on the left measures 5 1⁄2 inches across) and are sturdy enough
to hang outdoors. From $235; shop.pistilsnursery.com
It’ll be hard not to keep it: a copper watering can elegant enough to use as a vase. X3 watering can, $60; shophorne.com
Make every drop count with one of the latest in smart-watering gadgets. Edyn (edyn.com) leads the pack with sleek, in-ground garden sensors that pair with your irrigation system and an easy-to-use app on your smart phone. The sensors offer real-time feedback on soil moisture levels, nutrition, and temperature for up to 250 square feet. The app also allows you to water garden beds with the click of a finger. Retails for $99.97 at Home Depot; homedepot.com
Embrace El Niño with dry feet. Dafna by Naot Lian ankle-cut rain boots slip on and off easily. They’re cute enough to wear between showers too. $115; onlineshoes.com
With her new line of kitchen-garden supplies, Georgeanne Brennan returns to her roots—in the 1980s, the Bay Area cooking teacher introduced Lacinato kale and radicchio to the United States. This time, she brings heirloom lettuce seeds ($15), herbes de Provence ($6), and—because eggs taste only as good as a hen’s food— a “chicken scratch” seed mix ($7). lavierustic.com.
These easy-growing California “Native Orange” poppies from Renee’s Garden, in the Santa Cruz Mountains, is what associate garden editor Johanna Silver recommends for vibrant color. And, of course, they’re heat- and drought-friendly. One canister should brighten at least 600 square feet of ground for weeks. $13; reneesgarden.com.
Help a friend keep her sowings straight with this plant marker, an iconic San Francisco–made Heath tile on a steel stake that patinates over time. These reusable markers brighten any bed. $20 each; lesliecbennett.com/studio
We love the hefty look and neutral color that cement lends to the garden, but in any large size, it’s too heavy to be worth it. That’s why we’re crushing hard on the Small Pot, pictured in front to the right. Handmade in Washington State, we get all the glory of cement but in pint-sizes, perfect for a small aloe or fern. $59; pottedstore.com.
Extend an olive branch this holiday season with a gift that will grow for decades to come. Each tree comes wrapped in a jute bag and tied with a silk ribbon. $45; shopboxhill.com
Gardeners are a choosy bunch. Avoid the wrong gift by allowing the green thumb in your life to select her own plants. Richmond, CA-based Annie’s Annuals & Perennials specializes in rare and unusual plants, and ships anywhere in the country. Check out the “Totally Useful Plant Lists” to help narrow down the lot. Any dollar amount; anniesannuals.com
Inspired by California Craftsman bungalows, this birdhouse kit, designed in L.A., provides a fun wintertime project that helps support local wildlife—a win-win for the holidays. $40; scoutregalia.com
Lotusland, in Santa Barbara, which has a gorgeous pool filled with floating lotus, and Kauai’s lush Lawa‘i Kai garden are only two of the 250-plus gems profiled in this encyclopedia for garden geeks. Not all of them are in the West, but we’re allowed to find ideas elsewhere, right? $80; phaidon.com.