A birdbath makes a wonderful
Christmas gift. It can introduce people whove never tried to attract birds before to
the joys of the hobby, and for people who already like birds, maybe even already have a
birdbath, another one simply expands the collection.
A birdbath adds the ambiance of a water feature to the landscape
without requiring pumps or filters. It doesnt need anything more complicated than
filling with a hose or bucket.
Birdbaths come in every imaginable style and material, from
traditional circular forms on a pedestal to highly contemporary rectangles and squares.
Some styles are even made to hang from tree limbs.
While old-style birdbaths were made in heavy materials such as
concrete, many new birdbaths come in materials that look similar but are lightweight and
can even be moved easily -- a boone for older gardeners. The synthetic materials resist
cracking in temperature extremes.
In choosing a birdbath as a gift, think about where the recipient
is likely to set it up -- garden, front yard, wooded cove -- and pick a style that will
fit appropriately. Also, consider the kind of house the person to receive the gift lives
in. A contemporary style of many angles, for instance, might seem out of place in a
vegetable garden but would work beautifully in the lawn of a contemporary house. Your
Growise Center experts can show you the many options available and help you choose a
birdbath perfectly suited to the landscape it will fit into.
If you are choosing this gift for a new, inexperienced birder, by
all means include a book about the birds of your region, and perhaps a feeder to locate
close to the birdbath. Your Growise Center will help you pick out both.