Salisbury, MD. So, you haven't bought that Mother's Day present yet? You say she doesn't need anything and you've no clue where to go from there?
Well, you're certainly not alone in that particular boat. The Gardening Grannies have often found themselves in that situation over the years (they agree that mothers-in law are the toughest). The Grannies have worked out eight last minute solutions for those of you who have mothers who are fond of plants and/or flowers:
1) Starting with the obvious, you can always send flowers. Every flower shop around can find something in just the right container and color combination to please any mother and it can be done at the absolute last minute.
2) Want something more permanent than flowers? How about a planter? Check out your local florist, garden center or market. Planters are available in a wide price range. On a really tight budget? How about a single plant creatively wrapped with a homemade card?
3) Seeking something she can actually use? How about some gardening tools from Smith & Hawkins, a quality tool and garden furniture maker? You can find their tools and smaller pieces of furniture at your local Target store or, for larger pieces, go to the Smith & Hawkins website. Admittedly, it's a bit late to order but, if creativity is your strong suit, you can come up for an acceptable excuse for a late delivery (apologies from the Grannies to Smith & Hawkins and their shippers).
4) A favorite among the Grannies (whether giving or receiving) is lunch at the Mom's favorite restaurant followed by an hour or two of plant shopping at a locally owned garden center. For those of you looking for a special event, you might want to keep in mind that this Saturday is the Native Plant Sale at the Ward Museum in Salisbury (9A-4P). Saturday is also the "Spring on the Farm" celebration (11A-4P) at T.S. Smith & Sons in Bridgeville (cooking demonstrations, farm tours, soil testing, native plant among others).
5) Longwood Gardens is another favorite for Mother's Day, but be prepared for crowds of Moms and their progeny. The Grannies, who are loyal Members of Longwood Gardens, received advisories of the anticipated high volume of guests in the Gardens this weekend. That being said, Longwood Gardens is still very much worth the trip, just allow a tad more time at the Gardens, the gift shop and the on-site restaurant.
6) Come from a large family? You can bail the whole gang out by offering to come en masse to Mom's and do a Spring Yard Clean Up and then order in pizza for everybody.
7) Does your Mom love gardening but has not yet become a Master Gardener? How about paying for her to become one (less than $100)? Better yet, how about joining her and becoming one with her? It could be a terrific bonding experience. Just Google Master Gardener plus your area for specific information.
8) If your Mom is already a Master Gardener, the perfect gift might be an all-expense paid registration for the International Master Gardener Conference (October 11-14) in Charleston, West Virginia. For additional information, Google International Master Gardener Conference 2011.
Whatever you choose to do, we hope you make it a great day with your Mom and, if you no longer have a Mom of your own, you can give your kids a Mother's Day present. After all, if it weren't for them, you wouldn't be a Mom!
The Gardening Grannies are a group of avid and Master Gardeners who live, love and garden on the Delmarva Peninsula. You can reach them at firstname.lastname@example.org.