By Katrina Montgomery
With the DIY movement slowly but surely taking over the world, it's starting to feel like everyone we know is an amateur gardener. Whether you're shopping for a seasoned green thumb or a complete newbie, we promise these gifts will make your gardener friends bloom.
Air plant at Southwest Gardener Tillasandia is a tropical plant variety that grows entirely without soil, earning it the nickname "air plant." When we spotted them sitting in the little bulb pictured above, we immediately thought Christmas ornament, but they make great decorations year-round. Normally, we don't think it's the best idea to buy a gardener a plant (because who knows what they are looking for), but the air plant is as unobtrusive as they come. Oh yeah, did we mention they are $5 each? Air plants for the whole family!
Orla Kiely Gardening Supplies at Frances Frances has a great selection of Orla Kiely gardening gear right now, with a variety of tools for the fashionable gardener. We're particularly fond of the matching apron and gloves. While any of this gear is perfect for a novice, we'd recommend the patterned pots for someone who's been in the gardening game for a while -- chances are, they're already set on spades and hoes at this point. Gloves are $28, the apron is $52, and pots are $28.
Special Topics Classes at Desert Botanical Garden The Desert Botanical Garden offers kind of an insane amount of classes. Seriously, take a look at the class listings. Depending on your gardener's individual interests, you can buy them a class on anything from growing culinary herbs to building a meditation garden. If you like gardening too, take the class together to sweeten the deal. Classes at the Botanical Garden range from $30 to $100 based on topic. Visit www.dbg.org for more info.
Grey Thumb Concrete Cacti at the Hard Goods Official Outpost in Modern Manor Give the gift of snark with grey thumb concrete cacti by Hard Goods. For the gardener with a sense of humor, this gift is spot on. Aside from being admittedly tongue-in-cheek, these cacti are actually incredibly cool and well-crafted. Hard Goods also offers live succulents in handmade concrete pots, if that's a little more your style. Grey thumb concrete cacti come in two shades. One set of three is $124.
Custom Vertical Garden at Flower Street Urban Gardens
A custom vertical garden by Flower Street Urban Gardens is the ideal gift for the gardener who just needs more room. When we caught up with Flower Street owner Alex Billingsley earlier this year, he talked to us about how the vertical orientation makes it easier to spend time with your plants without breaking your back. Sounds ideal to us. Prices vary based on a number of factors, but you can get a three-tiered starter kit for $400.