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What you want

By Sheree-Lee Olson
Saturday, May 11, 2002

Dress it up
You'll look chic gardening in this retro floral blouse from Toronto's Comrags. Part of a new, limited edition "Keeper" line using original Fifties fabrics, it's available in a range of prints. There's also a sleeveless blouse and a cute cropped pant in the series. $135, through Comrags, 416-360-7249. For info, visit

Haute horticulture
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For the gardener with absolutely everything, this leather work apron from the venerable Paris house of Hermès is available by special order for a mere $2,000. And what better tool to go with it than these sleek Hermès secateurs? Featuring a wicked steel blade and a luxe leather handle, the secateurs are $850 at Hermès in Toronto, and can be ordered through the boutiques in Montreal and Vancouver. Call 416-968-8626 for information.

Rake it in
The venerable Quebec garden-tool manufacturer Garant has launched a new chic and affordable line of hand tools. The lightweight Botanica range features a handsome burgundy colour and offers short and long versions of rakes, shovels and cultivators. The small rake shown is perfect for rock gardens. From $9.99 to $14.99 at Rona, Home Hardware, Home Depot and Building Box.

Flower power
The perfect gift for the bloom buff, these delicate resin bracelets ($45) feature flowers that won't wilt at the end of the day. The ToGo line includes earrings ($15) and pendants ($22), and comes in pink, blue or cream: all the classic Mom colours. At The Bay across Canada.

Scrub it off
Gardener's soaps are giving the spa a run for the money. The clay-based Le Savon du Jardinier foams up nicely while scrubbing away the day's dirt and rough edges. Available in lavender, vanilla, verveine or honeysuckle, it leaves your hands smooth and delicately fragranced. $12 each at Caban in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal (1-888-580-5084 or

You rock, girl
Ikea's PS 3 collection, launched to showcase the talents of individual designers, is big on the indoor-outdoor connection. Maria Vinka was the ecological mind behind the Gullholmen rocker ($89), which is made using discarded banana leaves. Of course, you wouldn't know it was gardening season without a kooky new watering can from Ikea. This year's storklike Vallo comes in six lush colours. At $2.50 apiece, you can afford two. At Ikea across Canada (1-800-661-9807 or

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