Measuring 8.75" x 5.25", and laser cut from Oregon black walnut, this flower press—a collaboration between Pistils Nursery and local designers in Portland—is small enough to take on day trips, but large enough to fit a wide variety of specimens. The distressed brass hardware and hand-drawn balsamroot add thoughtful detail to the durable yet beautiful press. It comes with enough cardboard sheets and velum blotter paper to create six drying compartments. Your specimens will be dry—and ready for mounting onto cards or into frames—in 3 to 4 weeks.
This kit has all the components for you to make your very own kodedama garden, including a 4-inch plant. Kokedama, a traditional bonsai discipline, involves binding a plant’s roots into a sphere made of moss and clay. It makes for a fantastic indoor gardening project.
With her 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($8), and—because eggs taste only as good as a hen’s food— a “chicken scratch” seed mix ($8).
We love the sturdiness of these thick wooden planters, paired with the daintiness of a succulent or air plant. Vessels come with a small glass planter and rocks for drainage and top dressing. Each planter is made to order and one-of-a-kind.
This ebonized ash planter (pictured at center), that comes complete with rocks for drainage and top dressing, is perfect for any adventure-seeking succulent or air plant that wants to go for a little ride.
These easy-growing California “Native Orange” poppies from Renee’s Garden, in the Santa Cruz Mountains, are what 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.
Farmers’ market hauls and overflowing harvests are no match for this deep, easy-to-carry that’s perfect for use in the garden or for filling up with groceries. The renewable sugarcane-based plastic wipes clean easily and can be recycled at the end of its life.
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.
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