Gift Your Gardener!

Having been the recipients of many thoughtful, generous, but not-so-useful gifts from family and friends who are not of the gardening persuasion, we who do garden daily here at Fearrington have devoted a rainy morning to compiling a list we hope will be helpful as the holidays approach. These are the things which would truly make us smile (were we to be gifted with one)!

At the top of our list, unsurprisingly, were a number of tools we have all coveted.

1. Bond’s Adjustable Rake
These lightweight, aluminum, expandable rakes are invaluable throughout the season for leaf and debris clean up. Inexpensive ($30) and available online, we can’t have enough of them!

2. Japanese Steel Long Handled Weeding Hoe
One of our most reached-for tools. Unlike other versions out there, this weeder is forged from a single piece of steel, not welded, thus, it is strong enough to last through your toughest weeding situations. The super-sharp blade is easily resharpened, too. We found ours at, for $36.

3. ARS Longreach Pole Pruners
Either the telescoping, tilt-head, heavy-duty version ($132.99) or the lightweight, fixed-length type ($95.99) are fantastic, and will allow your gardening buddy to trim small branches, vines and large shrubs with the greatest of ease! Find all styles at the gardeners’ online mecca, AM Leonard (

Next, our thoughts turned to gear. Forget the gloves, we all agreed. Every gardener has his or her personal preferences, as well a a drawer-full of fancy gardening gloves we will never use. Instead, think wearables that will allow us to be out in every type of weather the Carolina Piedmont can throw at us.

4. Good quality, timeless, waxed-cotton waterproof jackets made by Barbour are an investment (starting around $400) that will prove worthwhile for decades to come. The company also makes wonderful waxed-cotton hats, for a less pricey gift option.

5. Almost as wished-for as jackets, were high quality footgear. Most days you will find us in low ankle hiking shoes (brands Lowa and Merrill are favorites) but rain boots by top brands such as Hunter and Aigle are wonderful. Darker colors are the most useful for getting covered with dirt (a genuine possibility!). A good pair will run between $160-$245.

6. Something to hold our various pruners and scissors is always welcome to a gardener. Felco, a top name in pruners, makes a simple and good holder which clips onto belts or pant’s pockets for around $14, but our recent discovery of a North Carolina craftswoman who makes gorgeous, chic, handmade leather belts designed to hold our tools has us dreaming. Find her products on Etsy, in the WheelerMonroe shop.

If gifting your gardener with tools or gear doesn’t appeal, there isn’t a plants person alive who doesn’t want more, well, plants! Gift certificates to their favorite local or mail-order nursery or seed catalog will keep them happily planning through long winter months.

7. For a more immediate plant gift, look for a fabulous indoor plant to test their gardening skills. has an incredible variety of rare and beautiful indoor plants, such as Begonia rex hybrid ‘Ring of Fire’ ($10.95). Tovah Martin’s book, “The Unexpected Houseplant” would make a wonderful companion gift, and can be ordered from your local bookstore or online ($22.00).

8. Containers to hold all their precious plants are another thing gardeners never seem to have enough of. While great ones can be found in stores such as Target, or online at Anthropologie or Terrain – North Carolina is filled with talented local potters of every style. This month hosts both the Chatham Arts Studio Tour (check out for info) and the Celebration of Seagrove Potters (, where you will surely find the perfect gift!

9. Finally, since all good gardening days must end: gifts to soothe the aching muscles and chapped hands of your favorite gardener. Good quality, quickly-absorbed hand creams (L’Occitane’s Shea Butter Hand Cream is a favorite! $28) are always much appreciated. Likewise, gift certificates for a manicure or a massage go a long way towards making the tired gardener feel whole again. The Spa at Fearrington offers seasonal specials such as a Spiced Apple Manicure ($40) that earn rave reviews! Go to to book or purchase gift certificates.

After all that hard work and pampering, what could be better for the gardener than to relax in a dreamy hammock in the midst of the beauty she has created? We can’t think of a more perfect lounge than in Anthropologie’s Canyon Fringe Hammock (various colors $118)!

With this guide in mind, you can be sure your gardener will feel truly gifted this holiday season!!

– The Gardening Team

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