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January 2017 picks for the Gardener

Author: John Roark
Issue: January, 2017, Page 124
HOME TWEET HOME Your fine feathered friends deserve the coolest crib on the block. Designed by Douglas Barnhard, the Mixed Media House is a salute to midcentury Modern that embraces aspects of Frank Lloyd Wright,  Joseph Eichler and the Bauhaus movement. Crafted of cedar post and beam with bamboo decking, the exterior is wrapped in stylish gray and orange laminate to weather the elements, and includes a metal birdseed trough for fine avian dining. A living wall hosts succulents (not included). 9"H by 15"W by 8"D $349 (sourgrassbuilt.com)

SLEEK DINING Built to withstand even the most unforgiving climates, the OKO High Dining Table embodies minimalist sophistication and an environmentally friendly conscience. Durably crafted of stainless steel and laminated or recycled teak, the table is available with either post or sleigh legs, and can be paired with matching stools or benches. 41.5"H by 67"W by 35.5"D $2,995 (shopboxhill.com)
SHEAR COMFORT Using patented gear technology that delivers up to three times more power than other garden shears, the Fiskars PowerGear2 Pruner was designed to significantly streamline your garden chores. Easily slicing through branches up to 0.75" in diameter while resisting rust and gum-up from sap and debris, the contoured rolling handle fits the shape and natural motion of your hand, resulting in less fatigue and a cleaner cut. $25 (fiskars.com)


WICK PICK Cast a cheerful glimmer in any room or accent your patio with a gentle glow. Handmade in Arizona,  the 100 percent beeswax Honey Glow Candle is beautifully boxed and ornamented with a golden bee charm crafted by Scottsdale ceramic artist Jim Sudal. Naturally scented beeswax is known for its smokeless, nontoxic burn that purifies the air by releasing negative ions, eliminating pollen, dust and pollutants. 5"H by 3" in diameter. Available at Jim Sudal Ceramic Design. $24 (480) 947-2254
WINTER WHITES To banish the cold-snap blues, revel in an early spring with the Winter Bulb Kit. Just add water and within four to six weeks, paperwhite bulbs will produce a profusion of sweet-scented white blooms on multiple stems. Artfully packaged in a cork-topped glass vase, each kit includes three premium bulbs tucked inside a burlap sack, recycled glass grow medium and easy-to-follow instructions. $30 (modsprout.com)


ALL-YEAR GARDENING Want a thriving landscape every season? In “Arizona, Nevada & New Mexico Month-by-Month Gardening: What To Do Each Month To Have A Beautiful Garden All Year” (Cool Springs Press), Tucson horticulture expert Jacqueline A. Soule eliminates the guesswork of Southwest gardening with chronological plans that will have your bit of earth thriving year-round. Includes advice on annuals and perennials, trees, groundcover, cacti, lawns and more. $25 (amazon.com)

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