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For the Gardener


(Items are described beginning with the gardening hat and moving clockwise.)

Good equipment is as important as a green thumb, and these items are ideal for people who dig dirt (literally). The Paper Braid Garden Hat ($28 from The New York Botanical Garden Shop, is lightweight and stylish — and still offers maximum sun protection (and an SPF rating of 50). The Dramm Colormark Rain Wand in six colors ($26.00 from The New York Botanical Garden Shop, can help you water hard-to-reach plants.  The glazed Green Stoneware Compost Crock ($29.95 at holds a gallon of food scraps, has a charcoal filter in the lid that traps odors and is dishwasher safe, while the hand-forged 2 1/2-Inch Small Trowel  ($27 at, the Channel Craft Audubon Bird Call ($6.50 at and the Rose Stem Cleaner ($14 at provide fun and function when playing in the soil. Or bring the outdoors indoors with a five-inch Hanging Forest Aerium with tillandsias ($39 at

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