Gifts for gardeners
Gardens of Babylon continues to bring in new items that make perfect gifts for the gardeners and nature-lovers on your Christmas list. Check out these ideas for specialty gifts and everyday surprises:
Gemstones: For collectors or for those who merely enjoy small, lovely objects, there is a wide range of gemstones to choose from in the garden center and online. Citrine, quartz, amethyst. Labradorite, azurite, selenite. Small and large polished geodes.
“We have a lot of new and unique gemstones, and special species gemstones, some that are larger and more rare,” says Garden Center manager Neil Anderson.
Candles & fragrance: Soy candles from P.F. Candle Company offer the giftee the fragrances in a home: Amber & Moss, Sandalwood Rose, Patchouli Sweetgrass, Piñon and more. Candles in the P.F. collection are made with 100% domestically- grown soy was and are vegan, cruelty-free and phthalate-free, and come in small (3.5 oz.) or larger (7.2 oz.) sizes. Incense cones and hand-dipped incense sticks are other fragrance options.
Holiday plants: A blooming amaryllis brings cheer to any home during the holidays. Or for the DIYer, present amaryllis bulb planted in an attractive pot, ready to bloom later to bright a winter day.
For something more long lasting, a Norfolk Island pine is the perfect house plant that, carefully decorated, doubles as a tiny Christmas tree.
Specialty plants: Bonsai can be a striking addition to home décor, and an absorbing hobby for plant lovers. Bonsai specimens at Gardens of Babylon include outdoor and indoor species, and range from the fairly common juniper to the more exotic European olive trees. A pair of bonsai shears helps keep the tree in good shape.
Other specialty plants, from air plants to orchids to Venus flytraps, can be welcome gifts for indoor gardeners. Monsteras in all sizes, philodendrons in various shapes and shades, delicate palms and ferns are among indoor plant gift-able favorites.
The garden center features a wide selection of glazed and terra cotta pottery to display the plants at their best.
Tools & Accessories: If your giftee is among the record number of gardeners who started gardening during the pandemic, recent research indicates that they’ll likely still be enjoying a garden in 2021. Maybe they have all the tools they need now, but would still appreciate a different weeding tool or a new pair of pruners. And you can never go wrong in gifting new gardening gloves.
Stocking stuffers: Seed packets tuck nicely into a Christmas stocking, and a selection of flower and vegetable seeds may be the perfect small but special gift for the dedicated kitchen or cutting-garden gardener. A display of Teeny Tiny Terra Cotta in the garden shop, planted with moss or a tiny plant for your friends or yourself, is too cute to resist.
And as always, when in doubt, you can never go wrong with a Gardens of Babylon gift card. Gift card amounts range from $25 to $1,000, and can be redeemed for either garden center products or landscape services.
Christmas trees and wreaths are available in the Online Shop; garland is available in-store. Gift-able items continue to arrive at the Gardens of Babylon Garden Center from now until Christmas.