Best and Worst Garden Gifts: Part Three

C.L. Fornari

C.L. Fornari is a terrific (and funny) garden writer, broadcaster and speaker who lives on Cape Cod. Below are her five most and five least favorite garden gifts. Your input, valued readers, is always welcome!


  • A gift certificate to a nursery.
  • Cobra Head weeding tool.
  • Several pairs of cool, lightweight but tough gloves such as Sun Grips by garden works.
  • Plant Cam – outdoor, time-release digital camera for recording flowers opening or gardens growing
  • A load of composted manure. Gold for the garden!


  • A houseplant – gardeners want to choose their own.
  • Plant labels – They’re never for something you need labeled… we can remember “Basil” and “Thyme” – where are the labels for the ones we forget –  Dicliptera and the like?
  • Landscape fabric – not that anyone would actually give this as a gift, but it’s a product that I think shouldn’t be sold.
  • Poisons – pesticides make lousy gifts.
  • Windchimes – sound, or the desire for the lack of, in the garden is very personal. Unless someone says they want a windchime, leave that one at the store.


About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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2 Responses to Best and Worst Garden Gifts: Part Three

  1. HerbDoc says:

    Love the idea of the load of composted manure (or plain old compost) for the garden! Suggest the giver also offers the time to help shovel and spread it where the recipient wants it! 🙂


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