Gift Guide: Green Thumb

Xerophile: Cactus Photographs from Expeditions of the Obsessed

$40

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From LA-based creative collective Cactus Store, an updated version of the original Xerophile: Cactus Photographs from Expeditions of the Obsessed includes new archival imagery, that spans 80 years, alongside expanded notes. Cacti surviving the snow-capped mountains of Bolivia, succulents that grow in lava in the Galapagos Islands, a two-leaf plant that has lived for a millennia: these fascinating photos and more complete this stunning collection.

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Comprising their cleanser, elixir and spritz, Sowvital’s Three Step Kit aims to help indoor gardeners foster healthier house plants. The cleanser removes dust and dirt via Aomori Hiba Essensia (an anti-microbial oil from Northern Japan) while offering nourishment via coconut oil. The elixir is brimming with nutrients to help with strong and lush foliage. The Spritz contains manganese, zinc and magnesium to encourage chlorophyll formation. …

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Hand-Building Planters Class

$125

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In partnership with The Sill, 24/7 ceramic studio BKLYN CLAY offers a guided workshop on hand-building pots with insight on the elements needed to support the growth of various plants. The class includes a $30 voucher to select a plant from The Sill, with planters available for pick up a few weeks after the class.

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Plant Magick: The Library of Esoterica

$40

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Part of Taschen’s Library of Esoterica, Plant Magick—written by Jessica Hundley and designed by Thunderwing studio—is the fourth volume in the series that chronicles mystic traditions. Featuring interviews, essays and 400+ images (including ancient Egyptian stonework), Plant Magick explores how plants and the natural world have been intrinsically connected with countless stories, myths, medicine, religions and cultural practices throughout history. Also in the series are …

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From Lula’s Garden—a succulent shop that supports water.org and its mission to make clean water accessible for all—comes the Deluxe Zebra Garden, a striking and striped Haworthia succulent arrangement, grown at family-owned nurseries. Each purchase of these plants provides six months of safe drinking water to someone in need.

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Packable Rain Boots

$109

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Winner of a Good Design Award, Japanese industrial gear brand Pokeboo’s durable, packable rain boots fold up and stow away in an accompanying pouch. Composed of water-resistant natural rubber, with a comfortable nylon lining, the lightweight footwear can insulate against cold, rainy gardening days; its rubber outsole offers extra-grip, as well. Finally, a drawstring closure at the top provides another barrier against the elements.

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Cast Iron Mosquito Coil Case

$180

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From NYC-based Natala Natala (a homeware brand that sells beautiful pieces crafted by artisans in Japan and the US) comes a mosquito coil case that makes an otherwise unattractive—but very useful—item much more appealing. Designed by Suzuki Morihisa studio, located in the Iwate Prefecture in Japan’s Tōhoku region, this piece can be hung or laid flat on any surface. Its super-durable textured iron composition lends …

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An environmental science book by Rachel Carson, Silent Spring was published in 1962 and has captured the attention of audiences ever since. Exploring and explaining the harm that pesticides do to birds, bees and other wildlife, as well as domestic pets and humans, it has been lauded as one of the most influential books of the 20th century. Well-researched, scientific and prophetic, the work has …

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Small Hanging Grow Light

$150

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Glowing with a precise photosynthetic spectrum that’s beneficial to plants, Soltech Solutions’ Hanging Grow Light supports indoor gardening in areas with lower sunlight. The smaller iteration of this luminous system (which includes a guidebook, the LED bulb, one 15-foot fabric cord, an outlet timer, a three-pack of ceiling hooks, two wall fairleads and one swag hook) is ideal for small- to medium-sized houseplants. (A larger …

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Eley Kishimoto Flash Arm Covers

$39

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From London-based fashion and design brand Eley Kishimoto’s collaboration with UK-based Japanese gardening outfit Niwaki, these arm covers utilize the former’s inspiring, electric “Flash” pattern. Ideal for gardening (or crafting), these covers—made from 16-ounce canvas—act as a protective set of sleeves. To enhance functionality, they incorporate an elasticated top and ribbed cuffs.

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Plants of the Americas

$1050

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Limited to 750 hand-numbered editions, the gorgeous Plants of the Americas is the first facsimile the edition of Selectarum stirpium Americanarum historia (1763) by botanist Nikolaus von Jacquinheld, an epic tome that’s part of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in England. With 264 beautiful and accurate illustrations reproduced from the original, hand-painted ones by Austrian botanical artists the Bauer brothers, it’s quarter-bound in goatskin, features cloth sides …

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Reservoir Table Planter

$198

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Handmade in Brooklyn by multidisciplinary designer Virginia Sin and her team, the two-piece Reservoir Table Planter pairs a cone-shaped vessel with a stand that doubles as a drainage dish. Together, the simple, playful geometries complement the elegant stoneware texture. The functional ceramic piece measures 6.75 by 6.75 by 9.5 inches.

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