Dec 8th, 2015

Holiday Gift Ideas from the Garden

Have you made your list? Checked it twice? Already found out who’s naughty and nice? We’ve made a list of holiday gift ideas for the gardener in your life. Each one was hand-picked by Garden Shop staff who know better than anyone how to delight an amateur horticulturist or garden lover. Let the holiday shopping begin!

red Haws watering can

Haws watering can (red)

Haws Watering Cans

Often called the “Peter Rabbit,” Haws watering cans have been hand-made in England for generations and enjoyed by gardeners the world over. Available in Green Finish, Burgundy Finish or pure copper, all with a removable rose, there is sure to be the perfect size and color for the gardener in your life. $149.95 copper, $129.95 red, $145. green

silk scarf

Silk Road Treasures scarf

Silk Road Treasures scarf

This scarf is irresistible luxury. Versatile enough to wear as a scarf, a throw or a shawl, it is available in black, brown, red or gray as pictured here. And it’s reversible for twice the fashion fun! $31.95













Octavia and Her Purple Ink Cloud book

Octavia and Her Purple Ink Cloud book. By Doreen Rathmell Meredith



Octavia and Her Purple Ink Cloud Book

by Doreen Rathmell Meredith

With water as the theme of this year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights: H2Whoa!, we went underwater in the Garden Shop too! Octavia Octopus and her sea-animal friends love to play camouflage in the coral reef. But Octavia has trouble getting her colors right when she tries to shoot her purple ink cloud. Both a fun-to read story and a tool for teaching about color and undersea life, this children’s book is also a lesson in the values of perseverance and practice. $9.95












toy octopus plush

Toy Octopus

Toy Plush Octopus

Take home a miniature version of Octavia herself, the star of this year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights! Soft, warm and orange, this Octavia has arms enough for a lifetime of hugs. $20.95

Jasmine Art Glass vase

Jasmine Art Glass vase

Jasmine Art Glass Vase

Fused glass vases created by San Francisco artist Benjamin Chang are functional fine art. Overlapping pieces of colored glass are fired just to the melting point, when they meld into a unified piece that takes shape as it drapes over a mold. Hand-painted accent details are applied afterward. Each piece is unique and comes with its own black metal display stand. $30.


Foxgloves gloves in pink



Foxgloves keep hands and nails clean in the garden or around the house with classic style and fun colors. Preferred by birders, outdoor photographers, gardeners or anyone who needs comfort, style and performance while they work. Silicone ovals on the palms provide non-slip grip. Water resistant, cottony soft fabric is breathable, tough and resilient. Four-way stretch provides a snug fit and is rated for maximum sun protection. Machine wash, dry low heat or line dry. $26.95 pair

Hori-Hori knife $42

Hori-Hori knife

Hori-Hori Knife

Hori means “to dig” in Japanese, but this multi-purpose tool is also ideal for use as a knife, a saw or a measuring device for planting bulbs. Its 7” serrated stainless steel blade is sharp on both sides and comes to a semi-sharp point. A 5” smooth wooden handle makes it comfortable to use with one or both hands, and it stores safely in a black leather scabbard. $42.

GardenCut Shears $35.99

GardenCut Shears

GardenCut Shears

Joshua Roth shears with their classic red handles are a time-honored tool for gardening, basket weaving, kitchen use and crafts.  The 2-inch stainless steel blades will cut branches up to ½” in diameter with minimal binding thanks to a sharp chamfer angle. The Soft Flex™ polyvinyl handles are designed for comfort. Powerful and durable, they are the perfect tool for precision cutting in a variety of applications. $35.99

Still not sure? How about a Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden gift certificate? Garden gift certificates can be used to take a class, or for purchases in the Robins Tea House,  Garden Café or Garden Shop. Or, give the gift of membership to the Garden or tickets to GardenFest of Lights. You’ll find them all at the admission desk or in the Garden Shop.

No matter what you choose to give, remember that your purchase is a gift to the Garden as well, as all proceeds help support this special place and the work we do to bring people and plants together.

Membership gift card with decorated tree

Garden Membership

Susan Higgins writes about what she learns and loves in the Garden, first as a volunteer in PR & Marketing and now as Corporate & Foundation Relations Director.

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