Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Off-Season Inspiration.(Last Minute Gift Guide)

Byline: Carolyn Flynn

Lift the spirits of gardeners as they wait out winter

The perfect holiday gift for the gardener is hope. While the rest of us are thinking peace and goodwill to mankind, the gardener is in a season of waiting.

"Most dyed-in-the-wool gardeners are always looking ahead," says Judith Phillips, a landscape designer and author of four books on Southwest gardening.

A gift that looks past the dark days of winter can cheer the spirit of the gardener you know.

Options abound, from the therapeutic (special hand cream) to the contemplative (an Asian stone fountain) to the hopeful (a mini-greenhouse so your gardener can get started early) to the practical (sturdy ergonomic tools).

When we asked other gardeners after all, who would know best? their suggestions ranged from the sublime (a trip to Seville, Spain, to tour a botanical garden) to the mundane (rototiller). …

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