Looking for a gift for someone who enjoys plants and gardening? Here are a few suggestions for events you can take them to or get some shopping done at.
- Plants make a great gift. You can get some shopping done at the University of South Florida Botanical Gardens annual holiday sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 16-17. Browse a selection of locally grown, unique and beautiful plants. You can also get your purchase delicately gift wrapped. $5, $3 children, $1 students. 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa.
- Take your plant lover for a stroll around the Florida Botanical Gardens’ Holiday Lights in the Gardens. See rare plants and trees decked out with thousands of lights and ornaments. The 22nd annual event is held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 25 through Jan. 1. Admission is free ($10 suggested donation), 12 and younger free. 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo.
- Also at the Botanical Gardens, you can shop an assortment of plants, including tropical plants, orchids, herbs, bromeliads, citrus, bamboo, begonias and fruit trees. At an event Dec. 9-10, more than 40 vendors will offer up plants, gardening tools, unique clothing, jewelry, garden art, ceramics, dog treats, honey, body lotions, candles and more at the Florida Botanical Gardens gift and plant sale. It runs 5:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 9 and also Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. $5. 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo.
- Sign them up for a vegetable gardening class. Join a Master Gardener from the Pinellas County Extension Service to learn about vegetable gardening in Pinellas County. Get information on vegetable bed preparation, seasonal crop selection, natural pest control and proper fertilization techniques. Then, tour the Ochs 4-H center/community garden and see raised and in-ground vegetable beds. You will also have the opportunity to see and discuss herbs and a small assortment of tropical fruit trees. 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 14 and 27. $5 (register on Eventbrite). 14644 113th Ave. N, Largo.
- Give them the gift of a native plant hike at the Florida Botanical Gardens. Walk with a Master Gardener from the Pinellas County Extension Service through the natural area at the east end of the Florida Botanical Gardens. Learn about the native ecosystems and plants found in the natural area. 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 20. Free. 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo.