When we did that survey asking you what you'd like to see more of from independent garden centers, a surprising number of you wrote some variation of "No more cheap crap from China!" Over and over you said that you wanted independent, locally-owned businesses to sell independent, locally-made products.
So along those lines, here's this cool thing that Fine Gardening has been doing.
As you can probably imagine, it's a big deal for a company to get its products in the front of the book like this. Manufacturers put a lot of PR muscle behind getting magazine editors to rave about their stuff. So it's been really nice to see Fine Gardening picking lovely handmade things from Etsy to feature in their pages.
I asked the editor, Steve Aitken, about it, and he said, "You know, there's just so much good stuff on Etsy. It's a real treasure trove. Frankly, a lot of the products we get are not that exciting–it's just more of the same. Gardeners just want cool stuff, no matter where it comes from."
It's one of those things that makes me marvel all over again at the wonder of the interwebs.
And, because I can't resist picking my own cool Etsy thing to plug: Steel allium garden ornaments! Wow! Love it. At $39, it's almost cheaper than buying real Globemasters.