Christmas Gifts for Gardeners + a Giveaway!

2015 Holiday Gift Guide for Gardeners + a Giveaway!

It’s that time once again when we deck the halls and make merry in the spirit of Christmas. For 2015 I have yet again assembled a list of gift ideas that are sure to be the delight of every gardener on your Christmas shopping list.

Flexilla Garden Hose – Watercolors Collection GIVEAWAY


This year, thanks to the generosity of the folks at Flexilla, I am glad to be able to offer as a giveaway finest garden hose on the market today.  Through a partnership with garden designer and lifestyle expert P. Allen Smith, they have introduced the Watercolors collection. These beautiful hoses are lightweight and come in an assortment of designer colors, have a lifetime warranty, are drinking water safe and best of all, the don’t kink under pressure!

I’ve been using these hoses in my own personal garden for two years now and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone. IMG_2441We have the classic Flexilla green that we use in the front garden and the sophisticated “crazy for cocoa” colored hose in the rose garden. Both have saved us countless hours of stress and aggravation as we hand water 150+ roses each week.

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TO WIN: Simply post a comment below of a favorite Christmas memory. I’ll announce the winner by Monday December 7th! Good Luck.


The Ring Weeder – Awesome Value


Who doesn’t need help with weeding in the garden? This nifty little tool will help you speed through the chore of weeding in no time at all. Invented by a gardener just like you and me, this device fits on your finger and with its forked tip pierces the ground allow you to quickly loosen the soil and pluck those weeds out! A bargain at $4.99. This makes an excellent stocking stuffer.


Hear how the Ring Weeder came to life on this edition of the Rose Chat Podcast


Gardeners Hollow Leg

For someone like me who is constantly out in the garden lugging around a pickle bucket deadheading roses and removing debris from my garden beds, this is a dream come true. This garden bag attaches around your waist. It’s water resistant which a WIN is for me: nothing I put in the bag soaks through to my clothes. They are durable and will be around for many years of use.


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Trial Membership – American Rose Society

the perfect gift (1).jpgDo you know someone who is interested in knowing more about roses?
Now is a great time to give them a trial membership to the American Rose Society.  You’ll receive discounts at public gardens, copies of their award winning magazine, American Rose plus a ton of other benefits. For only $10, its a great way to tell a rose lover you love them!

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Happy Shopping!






About Chris VanCleave - America's Favorite Rose Gardener

Christopher R. VanCleave – America’s Favorite Rose Gardener Nicknamed "The Redneck Rosarian”, Chris VanCleave is passionate about gardening and growing roses. He is an active member of the Birmingham chapter of the American Rose Society, serving two terms as President. In 2007, he created the Rose Chat Podcast which has reached over a half a million listeners with news and information on growing on growing the world’s most beloved flower, the rose. He was a contributor to the 2015 Southern Living Gardening Book, has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home television show and was featured in the June 2015 issue of Southern Living Magazine. Locally, Chris serves as Chairman of the Helena Alabama Beautification Board where he has spearheaded efforts to create a sustainable landscape in one of the top one hundred places to live in the United States. His writing is seen at and on his popular website;, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. An agent of change with over 20 years’ experience in process innovation, Mr. VanCleave is leading the charge to reinvigorate horticultural societies and helping them to reach their full potential in the social media age.
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28 Responses to Christmas Gifts for Gardeners + a Giveaway!

  1. modernmia says:

    My favorite Christmas memory is our first Christmas as parents. Our oldest was born between Thanksgiving and Christmas so we didn’t have time as parents to a newborn to buy presents. We spent the day being amazed at him and enjoying time with family that did all the cooking for us.

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  2. Chris, your green Flexzilla hose is called Green Envy, as I have one that color too. Would love another, this time in “crazy for cocoa”. And that hollow leg is a super idea. Love the name too. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Diane

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  3. Linda says:

    My favorite memory is watching my daddy put together bicycles and toys for my little brothers. He died exactly 50 years ago at age 53 and I can see that memory still today. He loved Christmas

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  4. Thanks for this post. I look forward to finding the hose and the finger weed helper! Favorite Christmas memory: the year my husband proposed and gave me my engagement ring on Christmas morning. I was a young woman grown up poor, and suddenly I was staying at his house, his family the first in their neighborhood to have a color television. I opened the small ring box and said, “Ohmygod!” Was I embarrassed to have blurted out such a thing. 46 years ago this Christmas. Thanks for the opportunity to remember and smile.

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  5. Susan elliott says:

    Christmas Eve at the Cathedral Church of the Advent!

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  6. roseman7stan says:

    My favorite Christmas memory is from my childhood. My Grandfather on my Dad’s side had been in the hospital for a long while due to a bad fall and then illness. It did not look like he would be able to get out to join us for our family Christmas get together. That made my Mom and Dad, Grandmother sad. They tried to smile for my siblings and I but I knew their hearts were sad. So I did as I had been taught in times of such need. I prayed and asked God to touch my Grandfather and heal him up so that he could be with us on Christmas. On Christmas Eve a phone call came from my Grandmother and my Dad’s face lit up. He and my mother were both smiling so I knew it was good news. They would not tell us what the call was about. On Christmas day my Dad went to pick up my Grandmother to bring her out to the farm to have Christmas with us. When he got back my Grandfather was in the car too!! My heart danced! I went out to help my Dad get Grandpa into the house and gave him a big hug. He was obviously weak but had a big smile on his face then and all that day long. I had to take a minute to go and say a prayer of thanks for my special Christmas Gift of course. Those kinds of gifts are far better than any other gift we can possibly receive. May each of you reading this be blessed with such a special gift this season.

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  7. sashamjohns says:

    I really cherish the memories of baking with my grandmother during the Christmas season. I employ the help of my daughter every year to help me make her award winning fruitcake to keep her memory alive

    This is my first time coming across your blog! I’m excited to follow!.

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  8. Linda Hammis says:

    My favorite Christmas memory was my son’s first Christmas. He was born on Halloween, but was a big baby and grew fast! I was a single Mom. We spent the holidays with my family and they went all out to make it the best Christmas ever! I shopped with Dad on Christmas Eve for Mom’s gift, as was our tradition. Mom made her infamous fruitcake, cookies, and a table full of goodies to feast on. We sat by the fire together and awaited Santa’s visit. I felt so blessed!

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  9. Teri says:

    My favorite Christmas memory was when I lived in Virginia, I was able to prepare all of my vegetable sides from items grown in the garden from the prior summer. My daughter’s enjoyed the Brussel sprouts, collard greens and sweet potatoes that we harvested together. It was the first time they could see farm to table in action. Such a fantabulous memory! As adults now, they still appreciate organically grown harvests.

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  10. James helms says:

    My favorite Christmas memory is my family time together imbracing the love for each other. We love the rose garden we have and the time we join together to care for their needs.

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  11. Barbara Jean Hubbard says:

    My favorite memory of Christmas is singing carols during the Christmas Eve services at our chapel.

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  12. Andrea says:

    The year I played with an orange and a walnut from my stocking all day and ignored the presents under the tree. Growing up poor, I think I must have been overwhelmed.

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  13. Cheryl Ellenburg says:

    My favorite Christmas memory was when Santa brought our 3 girls a Golden Retriever puppy named Copper. He was in a big box with a large red ribbon. The box started making noises and Copper popped out.

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  14. Favorite Christmas memory.
    My parents always taught us if you have enough you have some to share.
    My parents learned of a family that would not have Christmas and quickly gathered a basket of food for a Christmas dinner. We quietly approached their home and left the basket on the doorstep. My dad rang the doorbell and returned to the car that was parked away from the home. We watched as the mom came to the door to discover the basket. She never knew who left it.

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  15. Angels Scott says:

    My favorite Christmas memory is finding my parents putting out Santa stuff for us kids. I cried when I found out there was no Santa, but my parents let me help and I felt like a big girl💁🏼

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  16. rani2014 says:

    A favorite Christmas memory is when our son commented on Santa’s and my handwriting were the same. Yes that is call being caught ‘red handed’.

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  17. violetmed says:

    A favorite Christmas memory from my childhood is of gathering with my extended family at my grandparents home every Christmas Eve before going to church around 11 pm. My grandmother had an amazing assortment of food including shrimp cocktail(which we only got to eat at this time of the year) and then all sorts of sweets including fudge, pralines, divinity, and dark & white fruitcake. Also while we were all together, my siblings and cousins put on a show for the family. We sang and performed Christmas carols. Over the years, several of us played the piano and the flute. My grandparents made a big deal out of it and told us how much they loved our performances!

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  18. My favorite Christmas memory was one year my parents did all my presents as a scavenger hunt. So each time I found a present based on their clues to hidden presents around the house, it in the end led to one big giant present. I don’t even remember the presents, just the hunt and how much fun that was!

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  19. Ruth says:

    We moved to the States from UK, and my favorite Christmas has to be when we surprised our daughter with her grandparents visiting for Christmas. It’s a difficult time to be away from everyone, and she cried with happiness when we picked them up from the airport that Christmas Eve. So did they.

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  20. Carolyn says:

    One very special Christmas was the day my youngest brother was born in Fort Hood, Texas. My other brother and I stayed home alone and didn’t open any presents until Dad came home later that day. That was a lot of will power for an 8 and 7 year old. Home alone on Christmas day. 🙂

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  21. Carolyn says:

    I sure hope you meant you’ll pick a winner on Monday, December 7th since Saturday is only the 5th. 🙂

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  22. Congratulations to Curtiss Ann Matlock, winner of the Flexilla Garden Hose! Thanks for all who left your heartwarming comments for this contest. Merry Christmas to all!


  23. Pankaj Tiwari says:

    Thanks for sharing such a nice blog about Christmas. This post contains a great stuff about the Christmas memories. I really appreciate you for writing such an informational post. Well done! Keep posting.

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