Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens By Experienced GardenersA botanical landmark just two miles east of downtown Columbus, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens features exotic plant collections and displays, seasonal exhibitions, outdoor gardens (including community and culinary gardens) and a variety of educational programming. All set within the 88-acre Franklin Park. Inspired by horticulture, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens elevates quality of life and connects the community through educational, cultural and social experiences. All ages can partake in a variety of special events and activities throughout the year. A full menu of classes, workshops and camps are offered in gardening, cooking, fine art and wellness.
Must Haves Essential Gardening Tools Reviewed By Experience Gardeners
These are three of the most essential of all gardening tools. And they come packaged together in a convenient, economical set. It includes a garden trowel for excavating shallow holes and trenches, a three-tine cultivator for loosening up hard soil, and a measured transplanting trowel for digging holes to precise depths, which is especially important when planting bulbs.
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A great garden knife can handle a lot of chores, from digging to slicing through roots and chopping weeds. A hori-hori is a lightweight tool with a stainless-steel blade and a full tang (that is, the stainless steel extends into the handle so the blade won't bend or break). One edge of the blade is serrated for sawing, and the other is razor-sharp for cutting. It even comes with a leather sheath for storage.
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If you’re new to gardening, you might not consider gloves an essential tool, but your hands most certainly will. The gloves are made of synthetic leather that’s puncture-resistant and much more supple and comfortable than animal leather. The elbow-length gauntlet cuff shields your wrists and forearms from injury, and extra padding is provided across the knuckles and fingertips.
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Swiss-made Felco pruners keep your landscape on the cutting edge. The long-lasting steel blade can be re-sharpened or replaced, and other replacement parts are widely available. The pruners make clean, smooth cuts up to one inch in diameter.
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Gardening can quickly wreak havoc on your shoes, and getting a pair of waterproof boots will save you heartache in the long run. A love for gardening can now extend comfortably into the winter with these warm muckster ii designs.
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For tackling a lot of weeding, the least fun but necessary chore of gardening, you'll want this tool that makes it easier. Constructed of an ash wood handle and rust-resistant stainless steel, this hand weeder makes it easy to get weeds on the first try thanks to the V-shaped fork tip and curved base that allows for better leverage.
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In the wintertime, you use an ice chipper to chip away at any ice that builds up on your steps, sidewalk, or driveway. But you can also use the steel chipping head to dig a garden bed by pushing it through the grass and down into the dirt around the perimeter of the square you want to dig. Then you can easily pry the square up to reveal the dirt beneath.
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The Japanese Hand Garden Hoe is sharpened on both sides to make gardening chores quick and easy. This tool removes grass, weeds and works especially well when weeding under mulch.
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It has a commercial-grade, 14-gauge tempered steel blade and a virtually indestructible fiberglass handle reinforced with steel. But what makes this shovel unique is the built-in soil grater conveniently positioned at the base of the handle.
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Your knees will quickly let you know that becoming a gardening aficionado is no joke. There's no way to avoid spending time on the ground when you're tending to your garden, but you may as well be comfortable while you do it. This foldable, padded stool works as both a kneeler and a seat and will quickly become one of your most-loved gardening necessities.
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A sharp pair of pruners is essential for any gardener. That’s why Truini prefers bypass pruners, which are designed so that the top blade slices past the bottom blade, resulting in very quick, clean cuts. (With anvil pruners, the other common variety, the top blade chomps down onto the bottom blade.) The durable titanium-steel blades on this pair are polished to razor-sharpness and can slice through stalks, branches, and saplings up to three-quarter inch diameter. There’s even a special groove that helps channel away sticky sap that can gum up and stall the pruner.
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The Burro Buddy, a garden tray that sits over your wheelbarrow, organizes all your garden tools in one easily-accessible place. It features long-handled tool holders, short-handled tool holders, a drink holder and even a water-resistant compartment to keep your cellphone safe. It prevents you from running back and forth to move items around the garden, so you can focus on what you love best — digging and planting.
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The Worx Aerocart is an 8-in-1 all-purpose yard cart, mover and lifter. The Aerocart combines the capabilities of a yard cart, wheelbarrow, hand truck dolly, extended dolly, bag holder, cylinder holder, rock lifter & mover, flower pot carrier, and trailer mover all in one.
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Ideal for a variety of pruning tasks: Works well for trimming bonsai tree branches, cutting flower stems, maintaining your herb garden, and more to encourage overall plant health and appearance.
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If your landscape requires heavy-duty labor, a steel cart is a must. This cart carries up to 600 pounds and can easily convert into a flatbed cart with its removable sides. You can even attach the handle to a riding mower or ATV to make gardening and landscaping much less labor-intensive. If your project requires a heavier duty labor, shop for the 1400 lbs dump cart.
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These small garden scissors that have very thin, supersharp blades specifically designed for cleanly snipping flower stems, trimming buds, deadheading (the removal of dead flowers), harvesting herbs, and pruning houseplants. They feature Teflon-coated nonstick blades and large, ergonomically designed handles.
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These micro tip snips are built spring-loaded so that they automatically push themselves open without you having to do the work which greatly reduces hand fatigue making these snips great for those with arthritis, carpal tunnel, hand or wrist issues; Comfort Grip handles will make it easy to work for long periods of time without discomfort. These quality snips come with stainless steel precision-sharpened blades which is titanium coated and are ready to tackle all of your deadheading, trimming, and shaping needs for your roses, annuals, vegetable and small flower gardens. With these micro tip snips, you can easily get between plants to "clip and snip" only the area or part that you want to cut with one-hand and without damaging the other vital stems and branches of your other plants.
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A watering can with two handles — one fixed and one hinged — eases the strain on your wrists and helps you give thirsty plants a quick sprinkle or a big gulp. This can has an offset filling hole, so it's easy to fill from a faucet or garden hose. It holds 2.6 gallons and has a rotating spout to help control the flow.
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If you’re using a standard leaf rake to smooth soil and clear debris from your garden, you know the frustration of trying to fit it into tight spaces and between narrow rows of plants and vegetables. But this lightweight aluminum-alloy rake features a variable-width head that you can easily adjust from 7 ½ inches to 21 ¾ inches wide. At its widest, it can be used as a standard leaf rake. The telescopic handle is also adjustable — from 37 inches to 68 inches long — to accommodate gardeners of various heights.
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Just as the sun takes a toll on unprotected skin, it can damage your garden hose, too. Hoses left in the yard eventually become brittle and prone to kinking, so when you try to water your plants, you have to wrestle them back into shape. Flexzilla's hose is made from a hybrid polymer that stays flat and flexible and coils easily for storage.
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This particular wand has a 24-inch curved aluminum shaft that makes it easy to reach over, between, and under closely spaced plants in order to saturate the root zone. Its long-reach design is also ideal for watering overhead hanging.
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If you’ve got raised beds and want to automate your daily watering. The kit has enough hosing to cover up to 50 feet (ten rows of vegetables) but can also be connected to a second set for use in a bigger space. Every nozzle could be adjusted individually, it can meet the water demand of different plants at one time.
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Need an extra hand in the garden? Slip on this combination apron/smock with a pouch that carries small tools, seed packets, work gloves and more. The Garden Apron With Pockets - Heavy Duty Set also holds harvested veggies or pulled weeds. When the bag is full, open it at the bottom and let vegetables slide out onto your table, or dump weeds into the compost pile.
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The flowers and vegetables in your garden depend on high-quality, nutrient-dense soil to grow big and lush. With this simple handheld device, you can quickly monitor the three most important factors in maintaining healthy garden soil: water, sun, and pH value. The three-in-one meter needs no battery and can be used to monitor virtually any plant, including flowers, vegetables, lawns, and even houseplants. Design to be lightweight and portable, easy to carry around for outdoor use, ideal soil test tool kit for home plants, garden, lawn, and farm.
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If you're just getting into gardening, you might not want to spend too much money on all the gadgets available, which is why we love this collapsible hanging rack. You can use it to dry out your freshly grown herbs and veggies to use for cooking or making teas. Durable non-toxic polyester mesh and steel enough to provide sturdy support. It's available in two-, four- and six-tier options.
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