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WHITE FLOWER FARM STAFF PICKS THEIR FAVORITE COMPANY GIFTS
It's been a tradition to ask the gardeners and employees at White Flower Farm to choose their favorite holiday gifts. This year many of the same items kept coming up over and over again. Here are the top ten White Flower Farm gifts as chosen by their own staff:
** Amaryllis Trio in White Flower Farm gift bags
One of many collections available, the Amaryllis Trio contains 3 large bulbs, selected from single and double flowered amaryllis, and each tucked into a White Flower Farm jute gift bag ($49).
** Favorite Amaryllis
The most popular reds this year are fancy double 'Red Peacock' (from $32-$74), and burgundy-red 'Grand Diva' in an Art Deco cachepot ($44). Top new pinks are 'Summertime', 'Braza', and 'Purple Rain'. To see more than 40 other amaryllis and containers, go to www.whiteflowerfarm.com/amaryllis.
*** Snowflake Wreath
An evergreen wreath in the shape of a snowflake! Fragrant noble fir is thickly woven into a 24-inch, six-pointed frame, and then adorned by pine cones, juniper berries, and ruffles of golden incense cedar ($79).
** Tropical Gold Pineapples fresh from Hawaii
The pineapple is a traditional symbol of hospitality. This sweet, low-acid variety arrives a mere four days from harvest in Hawaii, and is perfectly timed to be fragrant, succulent and ready to enjoy (set of 2 for $29).
** Euonymus Topiary Trio
Enjoy the elegance of a formal garden indoors. New this year, White Flower Farm has trained a small-leaved variety of boxwood euonymus into 10-inch topiaries. Their shiny, dark green forms are perfect for the winter months, and plants can spend summer outdoors ($120).
** Garden Journal
Also new, this pretty journal includes a design booklet, CD to print more blank data pages, wooden plant sticks, and a pair of White Flower Farm's go-to gloves that fit like a second skin (journal available with small or medium gloves, $49). You'll find other new and exclusive gifts inspired by White Flower Farm's gardens at www.whiteflowerfarm.com/gifts.
** A Plant for Every Month
Selected from years of experience, White Flower Farm's choice and unusual houseplants are available in gift plant series of 3, 6, 9 or 12 months. Each gift will arrive on time and in superb condition, with detailed instructions for care. Prices vary from $139 for three months up to $399 for twelve months.
** Window Box Greens
A great collection for decorating outdoor containers and window boxes -- fresh incense cedar, noble fir, white pine, boxwood, red dogwood, large pine cones, white statice, and faux red berries. A 7-pound box fills a 3- to 4-foot window box (14-pound box $99; 7-pound box $59).
** Quality Gardening Tools
The proper tools make all the difference in getting a job done well and efficiently. White Flower Farm offers many excellent tools including: 12-inch Bulb Trowel ($18), All-Purpose Scissors ($37), Felco Pruning Sheers ($90) and Dutch Hand Weeder ($24). View more practical holiday gifts for gardeners at www.whiteflowerfarm.com/tools.
** Freshly Cut Flowers
The large, trumpet-shaped blooms of red amaryllis make dramatic bouquets, and they're available for a limited time during the holiday season ($69 for bouquet only; $99 with 11-inch glass hurricane vase).
White Flower Farm offers lily bouquets year round, harvested locally and guaranteed to be the freshest and longest lasting lilies available anywhere:
Perfumed Garden, soft pinks and pastels ($59); Perfumed Garden with 12-inch vase ($69)
'Casa Blanca', pure white ($69); 'Casa Blanca' with 12-inch vase ($79)
** One size fits all -- The White Flower Farm gift certificate
Perfect for every gardener or would-be gardener. The recipient will also receive a catalog guaranteed to inspire many pleasant hours of garden dreams. Save 10% on any gift certificate with a face value of $50 or more.
For more holiday gift ideas, including dozens of plants, wreaths, and specialty food items, visit www.whiteflowerfarm.com. Next up in the holiday gift series (look for it in two weeks) -- gifts for the kitchen and cook.
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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.