Giving Gardens of Love
As Valentine’s Day draws near, and with spring just a little over a month away, those of us who love gardening are being reminded of how much we love being among the flowers since all we are seeing are advertisements for bouquets, and receiving seed catalogs in the mail on a daily basis.
That got me to thinking about some garden inspired Valentine’s gift ideas for those we love and I thought I’d share some of them here.
If weather permits, why not take a moonlight stroll through a fragrant garden and provide hot coffee or chocolate and dessert to warm up after you are done? Taking this idea even further, there are some botanical gardens that are offering special Valentine’s Day events. For example, the San Diego Botanic Garden is offering a “Stroll through the Garden” package in the evening that includes champagne, gourmet appetizers, chocolate dipped strawberries, flowers, photographs, music and dancing.
Don’t have an organized event near you? Then create your own using the same elements that they are for their special evening and go in your own backyard.
If you are a gardener and want to show someone how much they mean to you, consider installing an edible garden and provide them with year-round maintenance to give them a really meaningful gift. Or, give them personalized gardening “classes” showing them how to grow their own food themselves.
You can even incorporate ornamentals so that they can grow their own flowers for bouquets. If you provide maintenance including harvesting, during the season you can make up a bouquet for them weekly. Add a special cut flower garden and they will have more flowers than they know what to do with.
If you are not a gardener but your Valentine is, a thoughtful gift for after a hard day in the garden is to create a basket filled with soothing products such as gardener’s hand lotion, soap, bubble bath, and candles. To make it even more romantic, run the bubble bath for them and include champagne, chocolate dipped strawberries and other favorite treats.
To continue the romance of your special night in the garden, or if the weather prevents you from going to a garden, give your Valentine a membership to the local botanic garden or arboretum . Many have great gift shops where you can find gardening gifts, toys, books, and plants, with the proceeds going directly to the garden.
For those times when they are out of their garden, give them gifts that allow them to visit or read about other gardens for both inspiration and renewal. Give them a basket with books on the world’s great gardens such as 1001 Gardens You Must See Before You Die, or The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Directory, listing over 300 public and private gardens that are open for tours each year.