Speaking of Locally-Made Garden Stuff


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.

Fine gardening etsy

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."

Lately they've featured these hand-forged trowels and these silverplate flower spoons

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.

Steel allium


  1. I, too, love Etsy. It’s become my adult equivalent of the Sears Toy Catalog – so many stunning things !

    One of our IGCs does have a one-weekend-only Christmas Fair with booths for crafters set up throughout the extensive nursery grounds. I only wish they would do it more often – I’ve picked up some gorgeous, one-of-a-kind items there.

  2. Since I crochet as much as I garden (probably more, let’s be honest), I have been addicted to etsy for a while. Great, now I have to start tagging garden stuff too! 🙂

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