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Your 2016 Christmas Garden Gift Guide

Date posted: 30 November 2016

Can you believe Christmas is less than four weeks away? Don’t make the age-old mistake of leaving your shopping to the last minute!

Thankfully the Botanic Gardens and friends are chock-full of perfect gift options, whether for the quintessential green thumb, kids, cinephiles, bookworms, music fans or simply those who enjoy the finer things in life.

For the gardener

Botanic Gardens Masterclasses are specialist horticulture courses run by industry experts, and they make perfect gardening gifts. Last year’s program included Masterclasses on kitchen gardening, pruning for fruit, bonsai, improving your soil and plant propagation, and the first stage of 2017’s program will be launched in the next fortnight. Subscribe to our Training and Workshops newsletter to get the program sent to your inbox as soon as it’s available.

Our great mates at The Diggers Club offer a vast array of gift ideas for that special someone who loves to get their hands dirty in the garden.

To give a gift that lasts a year, why not get them a Diggers Club Membership (starting from $49)? As part of Australia’s biggest gardening club, your loved one will receive eight magazines full of information, advice and products, and each time it hits their letterbox they’ll be reminded of the gift you gave.

A Diggers Seed Subscription is another ripper idea. Diggers will send four seasonal seed packs of either vegies or flowers to your loved one over 12 months so they’ll always know what to sow and when. The summer gift pack, for example contains beetroot, carrot, peas, pumpkin and basil. Each edibles pack contains 18 packets of seeds, sowing advice, seedling labels and recipes for the edible flowers.

Pruning’s an essential garden task, so a pair of good secateurs is a must for any keen gardener. From top-of-the-range FELCO and Opinel secateurs, to everyday hardworking snips, it’s a gift that will be appreciated by beginners and experienced gardeners alike.

Head in to the Diggers Shop on Adelaide Botanic Garden’s Schomburgk Pavilion (open 7 days, 9am to 5pm, except 24-26 December) to see their extensive range, or head to the Diggers Shop online.

For the foodie or wine lover

If it’s good food you’re loved one is all about, look no further than a gift voucher from one of South Australia’s finest restaurants.

Botanic Gardens Restaurant’s collection of awards are too numerous to list, but they largely stem from head chef Paul Baker’s modern Australian cuisine menu. Featuring ethically-farmed produce, plus fresh vegetables and herbs harvested daily from Adelaide Botanic Garden, this is a true garden-to-table experience. Call 8223 3526 to order your voucher, and to arrange pick-up or post.

If you want to give a truly unique gift, a bottle of Adelaide Botanic Garden wine may be just what the doctor ordered. The limited edition 2016 Field Blend Rosé and Dry White were made from grapes harvested from the vineyard straddling the Garden and the National Wine Centre, and were produced with Jacob’s Creek Winemakers. About 500 bottles were produced of each, and every bottle is individually numbered. Pick up your bottle ($25) from the National Wine Centre while stocks last.

For the cinephile

Australia’s favourite outdoor cinema has returned to Botanic Park this summer (1 December to 19 February), and as usual it’s packed with nightly advanced screenings, new releases and cult classics.

Moonlight Cinema offers an array of Gift Vouchers for every budget at its website, so why not treat that special someone to a memorable night under the stars?

For the music and arts lover

Festival season is upon us, so if you’re looking for a gift for that music-loving pal, Botanic Park is playing host to some of the hottest tickets in town. Iconic singer-songwriter James Taylor kicks off proceedings, supported by Bernard Fanning and Kasey Chambers on Thursday 9 February. The one-and-only WOMADelaide is up next from 10-13 March. And on Sunday 9 April, legendary guitar virtuoso Santana takes to the stage, along with The Doobie Brothers and Russell Morris. Get your tickets before they sell out!

Adelaide Botanic Garden’s Adelaide Fringe program and tickets will be revealed this Friday 2 December too, so check our What’s On page then for more gift ideas.

For the bookworm

Book lovers rejoice, the Botanic Gardens and Diggers Shop offer a range of titles to stock up for a summer of reading.

Bruce Morphett’s indispensable guides, Kitchen Garden, A Beginner’s Guide; Pruning for Fruit; Citrus: A Beginner’s Guide; and Garden Weeds are available from reception at the Goodman Building, Hackney Road, Adelaide Botanic Garden, or from Diggers on the Schomburgk Pavilion ($19.95).

For anyone wanting to create a sustainable backyard and host all the good bugs, Diggers also stocks a range of titles on bees, insect hotels, wildflowers for bees, and plenty more.

For the history buffs, the award-winning Out of the past: views of Adelaide Botanic Garden presents 300 postcards of the Garden, with the images telling one story, and the written messages on the back providing a glimpse into everyday life 100 years ago. Santos Museum of Economic Botany ($39.99) is part history, guide and souvenir of the 1881-built Museum and it unravels the story of a remarkable museum and its curious collection. Both books are available at the Goodman Building.

For the kids

Adelaide Botanic Garden’s stacked School Holiday Program is back in January (16-27), offering a range of fun and hands-on activities about people, plants and the environment. Prices range from free to $20, and activities include creating cute Garden Critters, having Dinner with Dinosaurs and listening to Aboriginal Dreaming Stories. Tickets for fun-loving little tackers make great Christmas gifts. Bookings open mid-December (check our What’s On page for details).

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