Urban Gardens 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

December 1, 2015 by


It’s that time of year again and we’re excited to present our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide, a curated list of 15 fun, functional, and fashionable items for the home and garden! Have you been naughty or nice? We’re not judging. Go ahead, gift yourself something while you’re at it. You deserve it.


1. Bloem Bagz Herb Planter

Make your plants happy, with Bloem Bagz! Colorful Bloem Bagz are an eco-friendly way to plant. Made from recycled water bottles, their sturdy double-walled construction allows air to reach the roots, promoting healthy root growth. Bloem Bagz are available in a variety of attractive colors, sizes and specific functions.  5-gallon, $23.99 or 1.5 gallon Mini, $16.99 at Amazon.


2. Garden Design Magazine

Is it a coffee table book or a magazine? At first glance, the collector-worthy quality of Garden Design magazine looks like an elegant book. Imagine the satisfaction of realizing it’s a quarterly published magazine. Not only does it make you want to pick it up and flip through, it astounds with 148 pages of rich garden photography, idea-filled outdoor spaces…and no cluttering advertisements! Each issue is ad-free and includes inspiring gardens with expert insights, local ideas for plants, furnishings, and decor, plus product and travel advice. One-year and two-year subscriptions are available, along with gift subscriptions. You can also visit the Garden Design store to purchase individual past issues or a gift set of the entire 2015 year. $45 for a one-year subscription from Garden Design.


3. Fiskars PowerGear2 Pruner and Garden Bucket Caddy
PowerGear2 Pruner

Fiskars’s patented gear technology multiplies your leverage to give you up to three times more power on every cut. You can power through tough stems and branches that you wouldn’t be able to cut with traditional pruners. For easy, comfortable pruning, the PowerGear2 Pruner has a contoured handle with a unique rolling design that fits the shape and natural motion of your hand. This updated design includes modified gears and an innovative cam mechanism to optimize your cutting power in the middle of the cut where the branch is thickest and you need it most. $22.98 at Amazon.

Garden Bucket Caddy

The Garden Bucket Caddy makes it easy to carry all of your essentials in the garden. It fits snugly on a five-gallon bucket, freeing up the internal space for dirt, yard waste or supplies. Deep, large pockets provide ample space for tools, gloves, beverages and even a cell phone. It’s sturdy canvas construction is light, durable and easy to clean. (Tools and bucket insert not included.) $9.69 (regularly 16.99) at Amazon.


4. Click and Grow Planter

The plug-and-play Smart Herb Garden is an elegant, smart, easy, and carefree indoor gardening solution: Just plug it in, add water, and it takes care of the rest. The design employs NASA-inspired technology which helps the herbs grow faster–naturally, with no GMOs, pesticides, fungicides, insecticides, plant hormones, or any other suspicious substances. Each Smart Herb Garden comes with 3 refill cartridges, and other refills are also available. When you’re ready for new plants, simply replace your old cartridges with new ones. $39.97 Smart Herb Garden starter kit at Click and Grow (using 20% discount code GROW20.)


5. ShapeCrete
ShapeCrete is durable, professional-grade concrete mix that requires no oven-baking or kiln-firing, with a turnaround cure time of only 24-48 hours, allowing DIYers, makers, and crafters to create limitless shapes or forms like custom planters, vases, bowls, garden sculptures, address tiles, wine racks, furniture and more. ShapeCrete can be poured, rolled, pushed, molded, textured or polished into an infinite array of custom concrete designs. A clay-like substance designed for simple workability in both thick and thin applications, you just add water, mix and sculpt it into whatever you dream up. But if you want ideas,  ShapeCrete.com offers tutorials. Available in 20 lbs. from $19.97, find retailers at shapecrete.com.  


6. Gardening Books by St. Lynn’s Press: Good Bug, Bad Bug & Good Weed, Bad Weed


Good Bug, Bad Bug
These two are great gift books for both adults and curious kids. Good Bug, Bad Bug is an indispensable field guide for quickly and easily identifying 41 bugs, the most common invasive and beneficial insects in the garden.  You’ll find great advice on how to attract the good guys and manage the bad guys organically without toxic chemicals. With concealed wire binding, it’s sturdy enough to take into the garden for easy reference. Good Bug, Bad Bug $15.25 at Amazon.

Good Weed, Bad Weed
With generous helpings of full-color photos, humor and some tasty weed recipes, weed expert Nancy Gift shares all you need to know about 50 of the most interesting and noteworthy weeds in your yard. In this friendly, authoritative, easy-to-use guide to the uninvited plants in our yard: the author shows you who they are, how to control them safely, and why it’s a good idea to love some of them just the way they are. The book also includes a chart demonstrating how best to let labor-intensive lawns “go native.” Sturdy and handy for use outside in the garden. Good Weed, Bad Weed $15.25 at Amazon.


7. Greenhouse of the Future DVD, Construction Guide, and Plans

You can build The Greenhouse of the Future with this step-by-step construction guide, DVD, and plans. Constructed of recycled and natural materials, the greenhouse is innovative, inexpensive, and strategically designed to interact with the planet’s natural phenomena creating the ideal environment for growing your food all year-long without any heating system.

Set includes a DVD with Film, eBook & Plans:
• A 70 minute, full resolution documentary film that demonstrates and explains every step you’ll need to build your own greenhouse.
• 3D animations allow you to visualize and understand every single aspect of the structure.
• 200+ page e-book is chock-full of incredible information on radically sustainable concepts and technologies.
•40 pages of professional and detailed plans (in both metric system and imperial system) conceived by experts in the sustainable building field.

$27.99 in the USA at Amazon. In Canada, $31.99 CAD at Amazon Canada, and $27.99 ($39.95 CAD) directly from publisher with 15% coupon Christmas.


8. Colorblends Red Rival Amaryllis 

Yet another red amaryllis? Yes! Red Rival is elbowing its way into the company of old favorites with its well-formed flowers, compact size and speedy growth. Blooms are a tad smaller than those of some varieties, but you won’t notice because their display is huge! 3 bulbs for $ 30 at Colorblends.


9. Hanging Water Gardens

Handcrafted in Vermont by Vermont Nature Creations, these Hanging Water Gardens are an elegant, stylish and care-free way to grow a wide variety of plants in water. No green thumb? No problem. Using hydroponics–water, air and light and no soil–grow plants like ivy, philodendron, spider plants, impatiens, begonias, basil, mint, rosemary and more indoors. From $29.95 at Vermont Nature Collections.


10. The Corridor Bar

The Corridor Bar by BDI is the perfect cocktail of style and function. It’s double louvered doors open fully, so you can easily access everything that a stocked bar needs. The cabinet has racking space for wine bottles and there’s storage for a host of liquor bottles on the shelves and doors. A small drawer provides additional storage to keep things like bar accessories organized. The bar’s wooden stemware rack keeps wine glasses within easy reach and other shelves provide storage for glasses, tumblers and other supplies. It’s got a black, micro-etched glass top that’s an ideal place for mixing drinks and it cleans up easily long after the party ends. The Corridor Bar’s a splurge that you’ll have forever. 41”H x 35”W x 18.5”D. Available in a rich Chocolate Stained Walnut (shown above) and White Oak finishes. $2424 at Amazon, or find retailers nationwide.


11. Sprout Pencils: Plant a Pencil

The Sprout pencil is the first sustainable #2 pencil in the world that can be planted after use. In place of the eraser, there’s a special seed capsule. The Herb Pack set of pencils contains 8 Sprout varieties: basil, cilantro, dill, mint, parsley, rosemary, sage, and thyme. It’s sustainably harvested cedar wood body is handmade in Minnesota, USA. $17.95 (regularly $25) at Amazon. For stores or other online retailers check here.


12. Ina Wall Trellis by TerraTrellis

Handmade in the USA, but inspired by Parisian vertical gardens, tapestries, classic French espalier, the hard-wearing and water-resistant Ina Wall Trellis has a hand welded steel frame, stainless steel cable, zero-VOC powdercoat finish or natural oxide finish. Its welded brackets stand out 4″ from wall allowing a vine to weave through its horizontal cable to create an organic tapestry. Hang them in multiples– they’re lightweight and easy to install. An original, copyrighted design by TerraSculpture/TerraTrellis, you won’t find this anywhere else. Available in natural finish and six colors. $389 at Terra Trellis (20% discount with code urbangardens20.)


3. Little Sun Solar Lamp


Little Sun is a global project connecting the world through sharing light. An attractive, high-quality solar-powered LED lamp developed by artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen, the Little Sun solar lamp is getting clean, reliable, affordable light to the 1.1 billion people worldwide without access to electricity. Not a charity, but a social business, every Little Sun sold in an area of the world with electricity enables us to deliver one Little Sun to an off-grid African community at a locally affordable price. $33.99 at Amazon US and €22 at Little Sun


14. Paperwhites in Wooden Box

Plant this kit indoors for winter blooms. From Longfield Gardens, this charming wooden box features decorative lettering and two wood handles, sturdy base, and a waterproof liner. Its soft color and antique style are compatible with any decor, especially when filled with amaryllis or paperwhites.

Kit includes: 1 wood box with wooden handles 14″ L  x 7.25″ Ww x 5.5″ H; 3 Basic Amaryllis or 3 Premium Amaryllis or 8 Paperwhites or 3 Scilla Madeirensis; decorative spanish moss and soil. $58.95-69.95 depending on bulb selection. From Longfield Gardens. Get 20% discount with code Urban20 until Christmas.


15. Easy Grow MicroFarm Growing Kit

Big nutrition comes in small packages. Conventional produce is usually so “empty” because often it has been transported from halfway around the world. Micro farms deliver many nutrients lacking in the produce you find on supermarket shelves. Small space farming on your countertop delivers micro crops with almost “instant” production (some crops in as little as 6-8 days from seed to table). The micro farms are made with many recycled elements and fertilized by all natural worm castings and kelp custom blended and manufactured in the US. All seeds are Non GMO and the systems provide light and water in fractions of what it would take to grow these wonder crops conventionally. 

Unit uses two MicroFarms and materials for two crops of fast growing radish microgreens. Features LED lights and custom blended grow media. $99 at MicroFarms.

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