There are many holiday gift ideas waiting for you right outside your door in the garden!
Use Plants and Recycled Materials!
It's another "recession Christmas" for most people but I'm not going to let this financial challenge get in the way of my gift giving this holiday season!
So, get ready my friends for your "living gifts" from the garden.
Here are seven of my favorite projects and crafts that I've culled from past Eden Maker blog posts to inspire you!
1. Mixed Lettuce Bouquet (or other seasonal vegetable)
I put together this mixed lettuce bouquet from my garden as an unconventional hostess gift.
I picked the lettuce thirty minutes before leaving the house to preserve as much freshness as possible.
The lettuce leaves were washed and rolled in a moistened paper towel and aluminum foil.
Read the rest of the post: "Unconventional Hostess Gift: Mixed Lettuce Bouquet
2. Palm Frond Recycled as a Succulent Planter!
Is the wind blowing palm fronds onto your street?
Don't be so fast to throw away this debris.
I was impressed with some clever succulent planters that were created by a group of Los Angeles Arboretum volunteers using re purposed natural materials like palm fronds and hollowed tree stumps..
Read the rest of the post "Succulent Planters: Would You Believe Palm Fronds?
3. "Living Tapestry Pillow"
Inspiration comes from the most unlikely places!
I created the "Living Succulent Tapestry Pillow" for my presentation at the "Epcot International Flower and Garden Show" in Disney World last year.
Read the rest of the post "Living Tapestry Pillow"
4. Miniature Rose Garden in a Container!
What do you do with those cute miniature roses that you can buy at the supermarket, big box store or discount outlet?
Take them out of their pots and make them the star of a container miniature rose garden!
Read the rest of the post "Create a Miniature Rose Garden in a Container!"
5. Hanging Edible Container Garden
This hanging, edible container garden makes a great gift.
Re-purpose kitchen items that can handle water as containers for planting herbs, like this onion hanger from the "Dollar Store."
Read the rest of the post "Edible Gardening Containers from the Dollar Store" for more ideas like this.
6. "Antique Dresser Re-purposed as a Potting Table!"
Are you handy with a paint brush?
Here's an idea from one of my garden makeover segments on HGTV.
An antique dresser can make a great potting table.
Read the rest of the post "Garden Furniture as Art!" for a few other clever gift ideas for the DIY'er to make.
7. "Artistic" Container Garden
Plants are inexpensive and mixed with "garden sculptures" or re-purposed decor, they can be transformed into an artistic, one-of-a-kind gift!
Read the rest of the post "Container Gardens That Catch the Eye!" for more ideas like this.
I hope some of these ideas provide a stimulus for your own creative gifts from the garden!
Thanks for reading and I invite you to watch my weekly, online Garden TV talk show, "Garden World Report."