Good-for-the-earth gifts

While I stand by some of my choices from last year’s list of Best Gifts for Gardeners (I love my Lee Valley Seed Keeper, and you’d still get major Heavy Petal bonus points if you got me the Nature Mill indoor composter, for example), this year I’m trying to give people less stuff. More experiences, fewer tchotchkes – you know.

Anyway, that’s what I was thinking when Evergreen e-mailed me yesterday about their Lawn and Garden Smart Holiday promotion.

I’ve written about Evergreen before and think it’s just such a fabulous organization. So, if you’re buying for someone in the Greater Vancouver area, consider giving a gift certificate for an Evergreen Lawn and Garden Smart consultation. For only $75, a horticultural adviser will go to your lucky recipient’s home, assess their current yard care practices (covers waterwise gardening, composting, plant selection (focusing on native and drought resistant plants), natural lawn care, biological pest control and design tips). And that’s just the regular package.

As part of their holiday promotion clients will also receive a rain gauge, Evergreen gardening gloves, additional resources that compliment the consultation, and on-going support. So your giftees – and the earth – will be thanking you long after the holidays are over. And no need for re-gifting tacky knick-knacks.

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