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"A few gift ideas for the gardener in your life," by the Whistling Gardener

Steve Smith shares gift ideas for the gardener.  Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

Let’s take a break this week from the endless garden chores I am constantly throwing out at you and look at a few cool gift ideas. This is, after all, the season of giving, so whether you are looking for something for your favorite gardener or just for yourself, here are a few things to think about…

"Wreath Making—yet another way to enjoy our gardens," by the Whistling Gardener

The art of wreath making is an annual event celebrating the incredible diversity of plants that live in our northwest gardens. Making winter arrangements from the bounty of our yards is a perfect way to extend the bond between plants and people that is so primal and essential to our wellbeing.

The art of wreath making is an annual event celebrating the incredible diversity of plants that live in our northwest gardens.

Making winter arrangements from the bounty of our yards is a perfect way to extend the bond between plants and people that is so primal and essential to our wellbeing.

"Leaves - to leave or not to leave, that is the question," by the Whistling Gardener

It’s that time of year again when gardeners have to decide how they are going to manage their piles of leaves. Over the years I have observed two distinct groups. There is the fastidious camp that is constantly collecting and removing leaves as fast as they fall. Then there is the al natural camp that prefers the more passive approach of letting the leaves fall where they may.

It’s that time of year again when gardeners have to decide how they are going to manage their piles of leaves. Over the years I have observed two distinct groups. There is the fastidious camp that is constantly collecting and removing leaves as fast as they fall. Then there is the al natural camp that prefers the more passive approach of letting the leaves fall where they may.

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