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Gifts for the garden

&‘If you want to attract the western bluebird to your garden," said Nina Gerety, of the Potter Green & Co. shop in Sonoma, "you must have a house with an entry hole that is exactly 1⁹⁄₁₆ -inches in diameter."

"It is best to hang the house in January, so that birds have time to investigate it before nesting begins," she continued, "and that makes it a perfect holiday gift." The houses, which Gerety commissions, are made in the United States of recycled cedar.

Is the gardener on your holiday shopping list a special friend? Add "The Bluebird Book: The Complete Guide to Attracting Bluebirds" by Donald and Lillian Stokes (Stokes Backyard Nature Books, 1991) to one of the birdhouses.

Potter Green is a trove of gifts for gardeners, with both practical items that make work more pleasant and large and small fripperies that adorn both the gardener and the outdoor environment.

"These are the best gardening gloves in the world," Gerety said, holding up a pair in periwinkle blue, "and the only gloves ever to make the cover of the New York Times Magazine."

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