ISSUE 45  |  Materials

Gardenista Gift Guide: For the House Plant Horticulturalist

November 08, 2012 6:00 PM

BY Michelle Slatalla

Note to my family (and anyone else who wants to buy a holiday gift for an indoor gardener): The theme this year is splurge. Allow me to clarify.

This does not mean you need to spend millions. “Splurge” is simply a gift that’s best in class and designed to last for years–a shiny plant mister that feels satisfyingly solid, a miniature terrarium beautifully crafted to catch the light, or thoughtfully designed accessories that make it a pleasure to care for even the most oversized or finicky house plants. For instance:

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Above: From Score & Solder, a 5-inch-square Small Cube Planter, handmade of glass and lead-free solder, balances gracefully on one point. It cradles its content–quartz crystal, rocks, sand, and activated charcoal are included–as reverently as if it were displaying Elizabeth Taylor’s 33-carat diamond ring. It’s $110 from Totokaelo.

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Above: Other, larger glass planters are also available from Totokaelo, at prices ranging up to $364, for the Quartz No. 1 Terrarium (R), which is 13 inches high.

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Above: For humidity-loving plants such as orchids and tillandsias, a Nickel Plant Mister from Terrain is $20.[[{“type”:”media”,”view_mode”:”media_large”,”fid”:”2875″,”attributes”:{“alt”:”Aluminum Potted Plant Roller”,”class”:”media-image”,”height”:”669″,”width”:”669″}}]]

Above: A practical gift, the Aluminum Potted Plant Roller on wheels has a twin ball-bearing system and the ability to lock the wheels in place. Manufactured in Germany, it is 62 € from Manufactum.

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Above: Above: Designer Peter Holmblad’s classic design, a stainless steel Watering Can; $229 from Moss.

N.B.: To make sure we’ve got everyone on your list covered, see all of our gift guides to date in our House Gifts section.