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Holiday Gift Guide

Items Inspired by the Garden

For our sponsors, the gardening season is alive year-round. We asked them for some great gift ideas, and here’s what they came up with.

The most sought after (and greenest) gift of the season is the one that says love and joy, gratitude and thanks…it’s the gift that expresses the true joy of the season—a living wreath. The staff at Sara’s Garden Center in Brockport makes hand-gathered garden wreaths daily throughout the season. We gather pine and fir boughs along with cedar, boxwood, berries and more, like a winter garden for the front door. Their wreaths express the true abundance the season has to offer and it’s all possible with a simple circle that hangs on a door. Bring this page in from the UGJ and receive $5.00 off any garden wreaths valued at $25 or more. 585-637-4745;


Live poinsettia plants add a festive touch to Holiday décor and make great gifts to fit any budget. Rudolph Galley & Sons Greenhouses, 2722 Clinton Street, West Seneca, grows thousands of fresh, premium poinsettias. Whether you enjoy traditional colors or are looking for newer varieties or even something already decorated, you’re covered. Add your own personal touches such as hand-tied bows and novelty picks. Plants are wrapped in foil, free, in the color of your choice. 716-822-9298




Mischler’s Florist & Greenhouses also carries quality poinsettias, plus flower arrangements, gorgeous holiday centerpieces, and much more. 716-632-1290;




There aren’t many places more pleasant to be in the blustery winter months than under glass. Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is offering a 25% discount on personal and family memberships. Extend your current membership, join for the first time or purchase a gift membership for a loved one. Go online to and use Coupon Code: UPSTATE18 to order today! New memberships are valid one year from join date. Offer expires December 14, 2018. 716-827-1584


Bristol’s Garden Center, in Victor, suggests these unique gifts:

  • Self-Watering Glass Planters: Great for Amaryllis & Paperwhites.
  • Plant-Amp: Perfect for someone who has everything or your favorite college student—it’s a speaker for your phone and a planter.
  • Mini Decorative Planters: Make great hostess gifts.



What’s on the Upstate Gardeners’ Journal team gift wish lists?

Jane Milliman:

Plants, plants, plants! Despite the fact that I have piles (literally) of unplanted plants, I can always do with more. Divisions, seedlings, stuff you don’t want (but not Japanese knotweed or houttuynia, thanks so much). Also, I am a sucker for gargoyles and statuettes of woodland creatures.

Deb Eckerson: A few of my favorite gardening items that I would not hesitate to give as gifts:

  • Japanese garden knife (also called a hori-hori)—I LOVE this tool and use it all the time (works especially well for hand weeding and planting)
  • Bellingham nitrile touch gloves—my fingers crack & bleed so I have to wear gloves, these provide excellent protection without removing sense of touch or dexterity
  • Any quality high-density foam pad for kneeling!

Crafty Cathy:

Any thing handmade with love! Two of the projects featured in the Upstate Gardeners’ Journal over the past year would make great gifts—the hand scrub and the wine glass charms in this issue are two of my favorites.


Lastly, for the gardener with wanderlust: give the “Gift of Travel” in 2019 and join us as we venture across the pond to Scotland! Click here for more details.

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