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MAY GIFT IDEAS FROM WHITE FLOWER FARM
Whether it's something special for Mother's Day, or a house gift for Memorial Day weekend, White Flower Farm (www.whiteflowerfarm.com) has rich and varied suggestions for these occasions. Here are a few favorites from White Flower Farm:
** Perfumed Garden Lily Bouquet with Vase
The elegant beauty of lilies makes them a superb adornment for the home or office. This fragrant bouquet in a mix of pink and other soft shades includes large and luminous Oriental varieties and their crosses with trumpet lilies, called the orienpets. Stems are 24 inches long and are sent in multiples of 5, with at least 3 buds each. $69 with vase; $59 without vase.
The pineapple is a traditional symbol of hospitality. This sweet gift arrives four days from harvest in Hawaii, and is perfectly timed to be fragrant, succulent, and ready to enjoy. Tropical Gold is not only juicy and rich in vitamins A and C, but also has a core so tender it can be sliced and eaten. Set of two for $29.
** Chic Gardening Hat
While most gardens love sun, complexions do not. This flattering hat provides shade where a gardener really needs it and offers excellent UV protection (rated UPF 50 plus). Made of lightweight, flexible, taupe polyester braid that's as pretty as a dressy straw hat, it's also washable, so easy to keep clean. An internal drawstring at the sweatband gives a snug fit. $58.95.
** All-Purpose Food Mill
Nothing makes fresh, tasty puree faster or easier than the classic food mill found in our grandmothers' kitchens. Rest it over a large bowl, add cooked tomatoes, apples or pumpkins, and turn the handle to press the pulp through. Made of heavy-duty stainless steel, it includes coarse, medium, and fine strainer disks. $59
** Lavender 'Goodwin Creek Grey' in glazed pot
The graceful leaves and tangy fragrance of this plant are easy to enjoy year round. Unlike most garden lavenders, this tender variety thrives indoors and will throw spikes of deep blue flowers above mounds of pungently fragrant foliage. It may also be transplanted to the garden in spring (in zones 7-8). $42
** Kitchen Herbs and Pocket Pot
Cooks will love this collection of six different herb varieties shipped fresh from the White Flower Farm greenhouses. The plants fit neatly into a rounded, terra-cotta pot with five pockets. Included are French thyme, variegated lemon thyme, rosemary, sweet marjoram, golden variegated sage and winter savory. $74
** Dried Lavender Wreath
Bring the beautiful blues of lavender indoors with this compact wreath of dried flower sprigs on a twig base. Measuring 10 inches across, it fits in smaller spaces and adds natural beauty to a home office, kitchen, or bath. Accented with a sheer French wire ribbon. $34
** Fleur de Sel (new this spring!)
Hand-raked in the Camargue region of France, moist, flaky, grayish pink Fleur de Sel is the salt to sprinkle atop your best cooking so the flavors will develop to the fullest. Packaged nicely in a paper-covered cardboard canister, signed by the salt-raker who harvested it, and sealed with a rubber-lined cork stopper to preserve freshness. For serving at the table, this gift includes a petite, fluted pottery dish and tiny, hand-carved cherry spoon. $29.
** Tulip Pin (new this spring!)
While on a bulb-buying trip to The Netherlands, the gardeners at White Flower Farm spotted this elegant pin in one of Amsterdam's shops and fell in love with its timeless style. Its stem and leaf are sterling silver; the blossom is sterling silver and gold plate. The pin measures 1 3/4 inch by 3/4 inch. Imported from The Netherlands, where they know a thing or two about tulips. Matching tulip earrings are also available. $79
** White Flower Farm Gift Certificate (A Mother's Day Special Offer)
Always popular, the mom in your life will enjoy picking out her own present with a White Flower Farm Gift Certificate. Just in time for Mother's Day, we offer 20% off the purchase of gift certificates with a face value of $50 or more. You can't go wrong! The gift certificate will be delivered with your personal greetings and a copy of the current catalog. Use the immediate E-mail announcement service when checking out to let mom know it's on its way.
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Save these dates for upcoming White Flower Farm events:
Plan a trip to the 6th annual Tomatomania! event at White Flower Farm on Friday through Sunday, May 20-22, 2011. More than 125 varieties of tomatoes, peppers, other vegetables and herbs will be available. Talk to expert growers, tour the display gardens, and shop for your garden. See details at:
May 22, 2011 -- White Flower Farm presents the First Annual Tomatomania! at Elm Bank in Boston. In cooperation with the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, White Flower Farm will offer over 75 varieties of Tomatoes from heirlooms to hybrids. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For directions: http://www.masshort.org/Directions.
White Flower Farm's annual Open House is scheduled for Saturday, June 25, 2011. Staff and family will welcome old and new friends and serve iced tea and cucumber sandwiches on the lawn, starting at 2:30 p.m. It's also the occasion for the annual Best Garden Chapeau contest, which is judged by White Flower Farm family members on an entirely subjective basis. The prize is a $100 White Flower Farm gift certificate plus a year's worth of bragging rights and an appearance on their Web site, value beyond measure. For directions: http://www.whiteflowerfarm.com/store-directions-new.html.
Barb Pierson, the nursery manager at White Flower Farm, is available for interviews upon request, as are other experts.
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White Flower Farm is a family-owned nursery located in northwest Connecticut. Since 1950, they have been gathering, evaluating, growing, and selling a wide range of annuals, perennials, shrubs, vines, bulbs, and houseplants representing the very best varieties from around the world. Plants shipped are true to name, free of disease, and in prime condition for growing. While in the area, stop by White Flower Farm with its five acres of display gardens, or visit www.whiteflowerfarm.com, where you will also find helpful gardening information including a how-to video library. Join our E-mail list for gardening advice and tips, From the Farm monthly newsletter, announcement of events at the White Flower Farm Store, and special offers not in our catalogues or on our Web site. White Flower Farm -- we make your garden grow.