Gift ideas for gardeners


As a staff member at Denver Botanic Gardens, I`ve always said one of my favorite gardens here is the Shop at the Gardens. Like most successful gardens, it is designed to appeal to just about everyone who enters its space with carefully curated nooks. It is my pleasure to share with you gift ideas from the Shop at the Gardens for the gardener in your life during this season of giving.

Most gardeners have a library full of gardening books, why not add a publication to their collection that is unexpected? “The Beekeeper's Bible: Bees, Honey, Recipes & Other Home Uses,” by Richard Jones and Sharon Sweeny-Lynch, is a beautiful book filled with all things bees and honey. Another publication to surely take gardening to the next level is “Botanical Baking,” by Juliet Sear. This is a how-to on making gorgeous and delicious confections using blossoms from your garden. For the curious gardener, “Garden Insects of North America, The Ultimate Guide to Backyard Bugs,” by Whitney Cranshaw and Davis Shetlar, looks into the secret world of insects. There are also a few titles written by our staff, such as “Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountain Region” and “Mushrooms of the Rocky Mountain Region.”

Seeds are an inexpensive yet thoughtful gift for the gardener in your life. Seed packets from Botanical Interests, which is a local Colorado company, are beautifully botanically illustrated needing no wrapping -- only a ribbon. Packets ranging from $1.89 to $4.95 include beautiful and elusive varieties like Amazing Grey Poppies, Ammi `Dara' (burgundy Queen Ann's Lace), and seed mixes formulated for pollinators, songbirds or water-wise flower gardens.

The Shop at the Gardens also carries botanical bath and body items if you want to spoil the gardener on your list. Lollia has garden fragrances in pretty vessels of bubble bath, hand creams and eau de parfum that are light and romantic. For men, the Mixture line products are scented to create a mood, stir a memory or simply relax. Mixture products available are shower and shave essentials.

For the gardener who loves to host garden parties, the Shop at the Gardens offers many outdoor décor items. Al fresco dining can be elevated by a set of melamine dinnerware, available in numerous colors and patterns. My favorite pattern looks exactly like marble with a light gray veining. To elevate an outdoor space, surprise him or her with the perfect outdoor container(s). Styles ranging from the concrete classic urn to rustic glazed planters can be placed anywhere in the garden or patio. To top off any garden party, a variety of styles of oversized candle lanterns can be found at the Shop at the Gardens.

To ensure the public's safety, in-person shopping at the Shop at the Gardens is temporarily unavailable, but online shopping is available at Members receive 10% off their online purchase. Curbside pick-up available for all local orders. Free shipping on orders over $100.

Bridget Blomquist is a horticulturist specialist at the Denver Botanic Gardens


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