Diggin' In: Garden-gift ideas for Mom

May 11, 2015

Motherís Day is the chance to show the mother figure in your life just how much you care for her.

Chances are, gardening or just enjoying outdoors beauty is part of her passion. If so, here are 12 gift ideas sure to please.

"The New Southern Living Garden Book: The Ultimate Guide to Gardening." Gardening books come and go, but the latest version of "The Southern Living Garden Book," edited by Steve Bender, a senior writer for Southern Living magazine, is an updated version of the guide Southern gardeners have trusted for 50 years. The new one features 2,000 full-color photographs and more than 8,000 profiled plants, along with tips and techniques to get your garden growing. Steve Bender, aka "The Grumpy Gardener" on my Facebook feed, says the book appeals to beginning and experienced gardeners. $34.95 at bookstores and .

Magnolia moments. Inspired by 18th-century botanical illustrations, Williamsburg magnolia tableware suits the garden enthusiast who appreciates a timeless Southern classic. The scalloped pitcher can be used to serve iced tea in the summer or to create a lovely centerpiece with flowers cut fresh from the garden. $98-$32, including pitcher, teapot, mugs, plates, napkins and placemats at and in Williamsburg Craft House in Colonial Williamsburgís Merchantís Square.

Vertical garden. The Vigoro Planter Grid lets Mom grow flowers or fresh herbs vertically in the kitchen, balcony or anywhere space is tight and receives direct sunlight. The easy-hang indoor/outdoor planter features four round metal pots so she can choose a variety of plants and colors to add to any space. $24.98 at Home Depot stores.

Stylish snippers. Flourish Stainless Steel Floral Snips from Joseph Bentley are designed with women in mind. The compact size fits easily into a womanís hands, and the narrow bypass stainless steel blades provide sharp, accurate cutting. Available in two feminine-inspired colors ó antique rose and French lavender ó available for $14.99 at gardening stores and online at and . and .

Herbal happiness. Pick a pretty pot and plant it up with your momís favorite herbs, put a ribbon around it and youíve got your gift! Mom can put this pretty, practical gift right outside the door for easy access while cooking up her favorite recipes. Itís a thoughtful, useful and eco-friendly gift for mom and any loved one. For more information on vegetable and herb varieties, visit Bonnie Plants, sold at local garden and home centers, at .

Summer cutting garden kit. Grow a summer of beautiful flowers! "The Easy Cut-Flower Garden" by Lisa Mason Ziegler guides Mom to a season of fresh-cut flowers from her own three-by-ten foot garden. The companion seed collection, No-Fail Cutting Garden Seed Collection, includes six packets of the hardest working cut flowers. Seeds included: Giant Mixed Zinnia, Lime Green Zinnia, Mini Mixed Zinnia, Cockscomb and Plume Celosia Mix, Lemon and Cinnamon Basil Foliage Mix, and Sunflowers. Item # BSCSET $37.90 free shipping through May 11 at or 1-888-977-7159.

Slogging season. Garden time is slogging time in wet soil, and nothing suits that better than footwear like Sloggers that can take whatever Mother Nature delivers. Step into spring in a stylish new pair of Sloggers garden shoes or boots. The waterproof shoes are great for working in the garden, and the high-top boots are perfect for heavy rain and navigating through a water-logged yard. The footwear is made from odorless medical-grade-, 100 percent recyclable plastic that is flexible, tough and longwearing. Deep-lug treads give the made-in-America shoes excellent traction in water and mud. Clean-up is easy ó just hose them off! The sole contains up to 50 percent recycled material. When youíre finished with your shoes or boots, send them back to Sloggers, and the company recycles them in the making of a new pair. Sloggers sell for $34.99 and boots sell for $39.99 in garden stores and online at .

Her style fork. Green Heron Tools introduces the new HERSpadingfork, a digging tool made with women in mind. It follows the companyís first woman-inspired tool, HERShovel. The spading fork features an enlarged, non-slip step for stability and comfort and no more sore arches, three shaft lengths to match user height, oversized grip for two-handed digging and forged, diamond-back tines for easier insertion into soil. All parts are made in the USA, except tines that are forged in Austria. $79.95 at .



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