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Hortus Gifts for Mother's Day 2015

Celebrate the mothers in your life with gifts from these three four women-owned businesses!

Gamine Co. makes workwear for women. All products are made in the US and designed to be functional, durable, and feminine. Taylor Johnston, horticulturist and greenhouse supervisor at the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston, is the head designer and company founder. Get your dungarees and other Gamine workwear here. (I hear that a curvy version of the dungarees in the works.)

I follow The Sill on Instagram and Pinterest. I haven't been to their Lower East Side shop but it's on my Field Trip list. I especially like the Olmsted (in Pink) and the Calvert (in Sonora) succulents which are pictured above. Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux designed many great city parks throughout the US. The Sill was founded by Eliza Blank and the plants sold by the company are grown in the US. The tools used by a Sill indoor gardener were a Tools of the Trade feature.

I have heard great things about Shoots & Roots Bitters and briefly overlapped with one of the founders, Ashley DuVal, in the East Bay, California! The other two partners are Rachel Meyer, PhD and Selena Ahmed, PhD. Each bitter is influenced by the academic skill set of each of the partners -- ethnobotany, plant evolutionary biology, and food systems and agro-forestry. Each ingredient is genetically tested to ensure its authenticity. I am a big tea drinker so of course the Chai Jolokia made this list. Check out all 9 bitters.

We visited Nalata Nalata a couple of months ago in hopes of finding a birthday gift for a family member. The "birthday girl" creates beautiful invitations, so while there were beautiful objects in the shop, I decided on a set of pretty washi paper envelopes. For this Hortus list, the various plant shears seemed just right. Pictured above are the Tajika flower and herb shears.

My thanks to Gamine Co, The Sill, Shoots and Roots Bitters, and Nalata Nalata for providing the images. This post was edited on May 5, 2105 to include photos from Nalata Nalata.

P.S. I like the various Tajika shears at Nalata Nalata.

P.S. Edible Manhattan has an outstanding profile of Shoots & Roots Bitters in its May-June 2015 issue.