With the holiday season officially upon us, I thought I'd share some of my favorite gifts for the garden enthusiasts on your list. In the gift guide in the current issue of Natural Home & Garden, we included a few lovely, sustainable gifts gardeners are sure to love. I rounded up a few other favorites. Here you go!
1. Sky Planter: These upside-down Boskke Sky Planters will indulge your gardening friends' green thumbs throughout winter, and they're made of 100 percent recycled plastic. The Sky Planter's reservoir feeds water to plants slowly, making them easy to maintain. Boskke offers a list of top plants that thrive in the planters if you'd like to accompany your gift with a baby plant.
2. Organic Sprouts Growing Kit: A gift for gardeners and foodies alike, this indoor organic salad-growing kit from Bambeco will grow a variety of greens for cooking and salads all winter. It comes with organic seeds, a glass growing jar with netting and a reusable recyclable lunch bag. Bambeco, $24.
3. "Nature Preserve" Photograph Print: Bring your gardening friends' love of nature into their home with this lovely print by eco-artist Peter L. Johnson. Johnson's photographs aim to provide an intimate view of nature's beauty that showcases our fragile relationship with the Earth. Limited edition, printed on archival fine art rag paper and signed by the artist. Moss Envy, $34.
4. The Seed Pot Maker: This unique gift combines a love of gardening and environmentalism by allowing gardeners to create pots for seeds and seedlings out of old newspaper. The newspaper planters are biodegradable, so they can be planted directly into the ground when spring arrives. Uncommon Goods, $17.
5. Tomorrow's Garden by Stephen Orr: When it comes to gardening, you can never have enough help. This beautiful book will inspire friends as they create a sustainable garden that works with nature. With detailed case studies, stunning photographs and an appendix or resources and information, this inspirational book helps gardeners achieve their best. Natural Home & Garden, $25.
6. Greg Brown Seed Savers Exchange Benefit CD: Every year, down-home musician Greg Brown and Friends performs at the legendary summer benefit concert for Seed Savers Exchange, the largest non-governmental seed bank in the U.S. Purchase this disk recorded from one of the concerts, and 100 percent of the proceeds goes to benefit this vital seed-saving group. Seed Savers Exchange, $15.
7. Organic Cotton/Hemp Garden Apron: This handmade organic cotton and hemp gardening half-apron includes five pockets for garden tools and seed packets. Available in three prints. SoulRole at Etsy, $45.
10. Herb Jars with Caddy: These stoneware jars are so adorable! Each is labeled with an herb name and illustration--includes thyme, rosemary, sage, dill, oregano and parsley--and is capped with a natural cork stopper. Bambeco, $31.
8. Fossil Air Plant Set: Several million years ago, crustaceans got trapped in tide pools, leaving behind petrified spiral forms. Viva Terra pairs each authentic fossil (no two are alike) with a tiny easy-care tillandsia plant, grown in the U.S. Viva Terra, $35 for two.
9. Adopt a School Garden: Help your gardening friends inspire a new generation by donating to the school garden program through the National Gardening Association. You can make a general donation, or purchase a specific growing kit for the school of your choice. National Gardening Association, any amount.
11. One bonus idea? A gift subscription to Natural Home & Garden! OK, OK, it's shameless self-promotion, but we're planning tons of fabulous garden content in the coming year, and we'd love to share it with your gardening friends! Natural Home & Garden, $15.