Playing in the Dirt

Get growing with garden-themed gift ideas.

Itching to get your hands dirty or simply add a few decorative garden elements to your home? Then check out these spring gift items we found at Bachman’s.  

Haws Indoor Metal Watering Cans
These are beautiful metal indoor cans. The swooping spouts are extremely elegant. Very decorative, with an almost Victorian look, they are also extremely practical, serviceable watering cans for indoor plants. One of these would make a wonderful gift for anyone with a green thumb. These Haws indoor cans come in copper, which can be polished or left to oxidize to a wonderful antique finish. They’re also available in sage, cream and a galvanized finish. Only available at the Lyndale store and online. $105 for copper, $79.99 for the other finishes.

More Birds X-1 Squirrel-Proof Bird Feeder

Feed birds, not squirrels! The holy grail of backyard birdwatching is a bird feeder that isn’t also a squirrel feeder. If the squirrels would just share the bird feed with birds, it wouldn’t be so bad, but they hang there and eat every single seed! Here’s your latest weapon in the squirrel wars: The X1 squirrel-proof bird feeder features a metal sliding sleeve that closes all ports simultaneously when a squirrel’s weight is applied to any perch or the roof. The delicate weight of a bright red cardinal doesn’t close it, but the fatter the squirrel, the faster it snaps shut. $36.99

Grow flowers, herbs or vegetables in these colorful planters made from recycled water bottles and other recycled materials. The really cool thing about BloomBagz isn’t just that they come in a wide range of colors—they also come in a wide range of designs. There’s a potato planter that has a roll-up flap near the bottom and allows you to take a peek at the potatoes as they grow, then harvest them from underneath. There’s a strawberry pot planter and a raised-bed planter, too. And because they are light and durable, you can use their sturdy handles to move your vegetable garden around to maximize available sunlight. $11.99-$24.99

Hanging Egg Chair

Is sitting quietly and watching spring happen with no help from you more your outdoor style? Well, we have something cool for you, too: an all-weather wicker egg chair available in black, brown and gray with a coordinating steel powder-coated frame. Curl up with a glass of lemonade and watch the leaves unfurl. Choose from four polyester cushions available in gray, tan, teal and orange. $299

Geometric Plant Holders
Ideal for climbing or rambling plants. Ferns of any sort look lovely tumbling out between the modern lines of these unusual plant holders. They come in two sizes and are perfect on a small patio or balcony. $32.99 and $56.99

Campania Angkor Pottery Glazed Pot

These striking pots start out as sheets of clay hand-pressed into molds. When the pot is formed, the molds are opened and the piece air-dried. They are then painted with a mineral glaze specially formulated to achieve an antiqued surface when fired. They get fired at high temperature for days in a traditional wood-fired dragon kiln. Because of the type of glaze used, each piece will have a unique rough and bubbly surface. Finally, each pot is hand-polished to achieve the special Angkor finish. $29.99-$209.00