Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

In the Garden:
Southwestern Deserts
December, 2010
Regional Report

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Tickets to a special event at your local botanical garden makes a lovely holiday gift.

Easy-to-Give Gifts for Gardeners

Avoid the erratic drivers and hordes of shoppers. Instead, consider these easy-to-give gifts for gardeners and wanna-be gardeners.

Membership to a local botanical garden
Individual or family memberships are available, giving recipients unlimited entry through the year. Search for gardens near you at the American Public Gardens Association,

Outing to your favorite public garden.
In lieu of a full membership, invite someone to tag along on your next outing. If you are already a member of your local public garden, you may have guest passes or may be able to buy a ticket for a special event such as luminaria nights during the holidays, butterfly propagation houses in spring, perhaps even showstopper events like Chihuly: The Nature of Glass exhibited at the Desert Botanical Garden that embeds wonderous glass exhibits within planted areas.

Christmas tree outing.
As folks get older, and/or cars get smaller, it can be problematic to haul a Christmas tree home. Give an advance gift by offering to be the designated driver and tree muscle for seniors on your list. Take them out for coffee and a sweet along the way.

Recommended reading list
Make a list of your favorite gardening books, including a few details on why the book is helpful to you, or why it may be good for the recipient's level of gardening expertise. Attach a gift certificate to your local bookstore and let them choose the book.

Beginner's set of tools
Head to a local garden center and find a great looking pot. Tuck in a trowel, cultivator, by-pass pruners and a pair of gloves. Good quality tools will last for years, reminding the recipient of your gift every time they dig in!

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