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The Best Father’s Day Gift for Gardening Dads  

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You know what I would like for Father’s Day? A helping hand in the garden! A sort of family green team to carry out a few garden chores.

Yes, I appreciate the ties, t-shirts, books and garden tools you’ve given me in the past, even the time you took me out to your mother’s favorite seafood restaurant, forgetting I’m allergic to shellfish. Thank you so much! (The staff at the hospital was very friendly!) But what I’d really appreciate is a helping hand every now and then.

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How about slipping a little coupon into that card I know you’ve already prepared, one with a promise to give 2 hours of service in the garden? In fact, slip 3 or 4 coupons into the envelope. That would be about right.

There are always things that really ought to be done in a garden and being a laidback gardener, I don’t even worry much about not being able to accomplish them. But if I could have someone to help me, just a few hours here and there, I could clear up a few things that have been on the “To Do List” for quite some time now. A bit of weeding in the vegetable bed for the under 6s, pruning off some dead wood in the shrub border for the older ones, and for the adults, a bit of heavy lifting we could do together.

Again, if you’ve already gotten me socks this year (again), I’ll be as pleased as punch, but what I really want is help! Pretty please?

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Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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