The November/December 2007 issue of Northern Gardener is now available. I’m excited about this issue because it has something for all kinds of gardeners. If you are a do-it-yourselfer, check out Susan Davis Price’s profile of Philippe Galandat’s St. Paul garden. Philippe is one of those amazing people who see a pile of bricks or a bunch of sticks and can not only imagine what to do with them, but can create a garden structure from them. The cover photograph of sticks made into peace signs was taken at Philippe’s garden. It’s no wonder he has won the 2006 Blooming St. Paul award for art in the garden.
The issue also has suggestions for what gifts to buy the gardeners in your life. Rose Eggert, the CEO at the Minnesota State Horticultural Society, is especially fond of this collapsible bucket. It can carry up to 3 gallons of water, weeds, or whatever, and then folds flat for storage. It’s available at the MSHS Bookstore at 1755 Prior Ave. N. in Falcon Heights (just north of the U of M St. Paul campus). My personal favorite is this scrub brush for cleaning pots. I know you are supposed to clean your outdoor containers at the end of the season, but I’ve never been that diligent about it. With the right tool, I might be. Check out the issue for cute, as well as practical, suggestions for garden gifts.