Marianne Binetti

Find last-minute gifts for the gardeners in your life

It’s easy to find gifts for gardeners, even at the last minute.

You don’t need to search for a parking space in a crowded mall, log onto Amazon, or bother UPS and pay for shipping. Instead, visit a nursery, garden center or go online for these thoughtful, green and reasonably priced gifts — with the exception of the final gift suggestion.



The show runs Feb. 11-14 this year, so tickets could double as a gift for Valentine’s Day. When you buy early, you save money, and if you don’t want to go online to, you may be able to buy tickets from your local nursery.

If you haven’t been to this spectacular show, make this the year you enjoy the fragrance of flowers and inspiration of beauty. Turn your visit into a mini vacation by booking a hotel room in Seattle and visiting the show for two or more days. You’ll want plenty of time to hear the speakers (I’ll be on stage opening night, speaking on “Renovation of the Garden and the Rejuvenation of the Gardener”). If you want to a really impressive gift, you can purchase preview tickets to the premiere on Tuesday, Feb 10, where you can dine, sip and enjoy the show gardens without the crowds. Tickets to preview night support the Washington Park Arboretum — now how green is that?



Every family needs to visit this wild animal park at least once, just to appreciate our local wildlife. But adrenaline junkies will love the ziplines, and garden lovers will appreciate the well-marked names on the native plants.

Northwest Trek is open all year long and this huge park near Eatonville offers tram rides to take you up close to free roaming bison, deer and elk. There are also enclosed areas that showcase bear, eagles and other animals that share our state. So before you think about showering a kid with more toys or video games, consider a walk on the wild side instead. You can purchase a membership for $50 or upgrade to a special experience with the animal keepers or an active adventure package.



Consider a gift subscription to GreenPrints magazine: The Weeders Digest. This is not a glossy garden magazine with photos. Instead, it is a collection of bi-monthly essays on the soul of gardening that will make you laugh, cry or often just think about gardening from a fresh perspective. If you know of someone that can no longer garden or suffers gardening withdrawal during the winter months, this will be the read that fills the void. Gift subscriptions are $19.95, with some holiday options on the website.



We experience more than just gardens on my group tours. And next year’s tour is to sunny Portugal Nov. 8-17. We’ll enjoy a cooking demonstration, Fado dinner show, winery tour and more. The early booking price of $3,204 includes the airfare.

Find more trip information and a link to sign up at