Gift Guide: Plant Parenthood

“Ikebana Practice #1” Print

$30

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Just as ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, emphasizes observing and appreciating the beauty of nature, Lauren Doughty’s “Ikebana Practice #1” print celebrates the forms and shapes of bouquets through warm yet lively hues. Printed on Hahnemühle Museum Etching paper with a matte finish, this London-based illustrator’s giclée print is packed and signed by the artist and comes in protective cardboard. Price is in …

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Part of the Welcome to the Museum series published by Big Picture Press, Fungarium is an imaginative foray into the world of fungi for middle grade readers. Written by Gaya Ester, with illustrations by Katie Scott, the hardcover book ventures from the humble mushroom’s place in the supermarket to the category’s role in the history of medicine. Sure to empower the next generation of mycologists, …

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Microgreens Grower Kit

$33

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Complete with soil, seeds and a tray, the Microgreens Grower kit comprises everything needed to start a mini indoor farm. Simply pour the soil to a one-inch thickness in the tray, sprinkle the microgreen seeds, water them thoroughly with a spray bottle and cover with the lid for the first three days. With watering daily, the seeds will begin to sprout and, after two weeks, …

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Decorative yet functional, these mini plant stakes support the growth of cuttings and small plants while adding a touch of whimsy to little gardens. The set of four stakes is made in Poland from recycled aluminum, so they’ll never rust. They also come in different, looping designs—all of which are elegant and charming in either the black or gold color option. Price is in Euros.

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Emerald Green Avocado Vase

$40

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From the imaginative plant enthusiasts at London-based Ilex Studio comes the newest iteration of their beloved root-magnifying vessel line: the Avocado Vase in Emerald Green. From the clarity of its minimal design to the simple nature of the growth process it supports, the Avocado Vase can enable anyone with an interest in sprouting a bit of flora at home. Price is in Pounds.

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Plants Long-Sleeve T-Shirt

$45

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Horticulture hobbyists can represent with this long-sleeve top from The Sill, a plant retailer that also offers educational workshops in-store and online. The cotton/polyester blend shirt—appropriately available in forest green—has a boxy silhouette intended for all genders, and comes in size small to extra-large.

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Spritzer All-In-One Watering Can

$25

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This retro-styled, multi-functional watering can is designed to provide solutions and simplify plant care. On one end, an extra-thin and long spout makes getting into hard-to-reach spots easy; on the other, a multipurpose head has three positions—spray, stream and off—to cater to various plants’ very different needs. Made from recycled plastic, this lightweight watering can condenses gardening tools into one clever vessel.

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On the Necessity of Gardening: An ABC of Art, Botany and Cultivation

$41

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Edited by Laurie Cluitmans and published by Valiz, On the Necessity of Gardening explores gardening through social, cultural, political and historical perspectives. Organized as an abecedarium (a written work consisting of the letters of an alphabet, in order) the book traces the ways that gardens—once perceived in medieval times to be sites of paradise—became, by the 18th century, spaces of power and politics. This tale …

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Terrazzo Plantable Candle

$85

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Aiming to produce a zero-waste candle, Austin-based Esker created this multi-purpose iteration. The brand’s Terrazzo Plantable Candle includes a seed paper embedded with herb seeds and a soil pod, so once the candle has been burned, the vessel becomes home to a plant. Before that though, the hand-poured soy wax—with notes of woody palo santo, rose and cedar—promises 65 to 75 hours of burn time.

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Tsukemono Japanese Pickling Seeds Set

$42

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Tsukemono are preserved vegetables produced through a traditional Japanese process of pickling that inspires balance and connection to each meal. While these vegetables often appear on a small plate as a side to a main course, tsukemono are not an afterthought. Across all varieties, they pack a bounty of spicy, sweet or sour flavors that add depth to every dish. Sold by KonMari, this set …

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Daniel Gordon: Houseplants

$150

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From the not-for-profit photo foundation Aperture, Daniel Gordon: Houseplants turns six of the artist’s mesmerizing still life images of houseplants into a six-page pop-up. This limited edition, collectible hardcover book, designed by by Simon Arizpe, celebrates the work of Gordon and the sculptural nature of plants.

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Essential Oil Outdoor Incense + Mosquito Repellent

$60

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Handcrafted in Connecticut from durable punk wood, this incense bundle utilizes essential oils to repel bugs. The scent options include: lemongrass, orange and sage (a citrus-led formula); sage, coffee, cinnamon and cedarwood (a rich, warm and spicy blend); and tea tree, lavender and neem (a herb-heavy and minty aroma). Each stick provides around two hours of burn time and, due to their 19-inch length, can …

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