Christmas and Hanukkah are both just over a week away. I finished buying presents for everyone a few days ago, so I’m turning my attention to local gifts I might like.
First up, is Shop in the Garden. This time of year, I don’t always like to shop in person so this is a great way to support the Civic Garden Center while shopping online. Win! If you’re local and haven’t checked out the Civic Garden Center, you need to. It’s a gem in the middle of the city “whose mission is building community through gardening, education and environmental stewardship.”
Back to the shopping. If you need any tools, they have a nice selection of Felco tools available online. There’s not much I actually need, but I love (LOVE!) this “Mod Tomatoes” tea towel from local, Cincinnati artist Elizabeth Ross. She also has an Etsy shop, which is full of even more cute prints and items like produce bags, aprons, and napkins.
Or, I may head to Joseph Beth to see if they have any of the 7 Unforgettable Winter Reads for Gardeners recommended by GrowVeg.com. I’m going to add all these books to my to-read list (with the exception of The Botany of Desire because I already own a copy). I’m particularly interested in both The Hidden Life of Trees (take a few minutes to listen to this fascinating Living on Earth interview) and What The Robin Knows.
Finally, what about learning more about beekeeping? High on my gift-to-self list this year is becoming a Honey Host through Gaiser Bee Company. In fact, I just filled out the application! Of course, this gift won’t start right away but what a cool way to help the bees and learn something at the same time.