Check out gardening gift suggestions for the Buffalo area

poinsettias at Mischlers Florist and Greenhouse

Whether you’re looking for wonderful gifts to give to your gardening friends, or wondering what you should put on your own wish list this year, you’ll find some wonderful suggestions right here.

Poinsettias: Beautiful, traditional, convenient

A gift of poinsettias from Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses is  beautiful and traditional. It’s also fast, easy and convenient to  have poinsettias delivered, which is great at this busy time of year.

Home-grown under ideal conditions in Mischler’s greenhouses, the plants are fresh and lush.  The poinsettias are available in a variety of attractive colors.

Bonus: Save $5 on delivery when you order a poinsettia by Dec.10 for delivery by Dec. 15.  (The reduced delivery fee applies to poinsettia plants only.)

When you order by 10:30 a.m., you can receive same-day delivery in the Buffalo area. It’s easy to order online at,  or call 632-1290 to speak with one of their friendly representatives.

You’re always welcome to visit for your personal selection of plants at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., between Main St. and Wehrle Dr., Williamsville.

The World’s Coolest Rain Gauge: Practical and decorativecoolest rain gauge at Heimiller's

We gardeners like gadgets as much as we like decorative ornaments for our gardens. The  World’s Coolest Rain Gauge, available from Heimiller Greenhouses, is both a gadget and a decoration.

When this rain gauge is empty, it’s a mild-mannered copper garden accent. But waiting patiently inside the copper flute are a blue tube and foam float. As rain falls into the collection flute, the blue tube rises to show rainfall levels.

The rainfall measurement tube is brightly marked in 1/4-inch increments and will measure up to 6 inches of water. There are a variety of mounting options, increasing the likelihood that the placement will be perfect.

Because the rain gauge collection tube floats up, you can determine the amount of rainfall from up to 30 feet away just by observing how much of the tube is exposed.

The solid copper flute will weather gracefully to a rich patina and the steel mounting stake is powder coated for rust resistance. The measurement tube is polycarbonate—no glass to break. Leave it out in winter if you wish—it’s frost and freeze proof.

Heimiller’s is working to find garden and gift items that are made in the USA to complement their locally grown plants.  They have added a new “Made in America” category on their website and are adding items to it every month. Heimiller’s is located at 3038 Ewings Rd., Newfane.

Kitras Glass ornaments: Christmas keepsakes

Kitras ornament from LockwoodsWhether you want to use them to decorate your own tree or give them as a special gift, Kitras Glass ornaments from Lockwood’s Greenhouses will be treasured for years to come. You can find them exclusively at Lockwood’s.

The Kitras studio, founded by Stephen Kitras in 1994 in Oakville, Ontario, offers innovative, decorative blown-glass items.

The exquisite ornaments are themed and meant to reflect unique aspects of the holiday season, such as joy or family. New this season at Lockwood’s are Kitras stars.

You can visit Lockwood’s online for more gift ideas, or stop in to the shop at 4484 Clark St., Hamburg.

ELF flower arrangement: the gift that gives twice

ELF centerpiece at Elaine's Flower ShoppeWhen you share holiday cheer with your friends and family, you can help our less fortunate neighbors at the same time.

Elaine’s Flower Shoppe knows that Everybody Loves Flowers (ELF). During the month of December, order an ELF arrangement from  Elaine’s for $34.95 (plus tax and delivery). For each ELF arrangement ordered, Elaine’s will donate $5 to support local food panties: Trinity Pantry, Tri-Community Food Pantry and St. Martha’s (formerly Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament).

Be an ELF this Christmas season. Surprise someone with an arrangement of fresh flowers and help our local food pantries, too!

Get more gift ideas online, or stop in to Elaine’s at 2365 George Urban Blvd., Depew.

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