Oldest trick in the parenting book: You want help in the garden or yard? Provide the kids with stylin' accessories. MUD Gloves ($3.99-$15.99) come in a wild variety of colors, keep the thorns out and let the air in. Some of them are even equipped with fingertips that are smart-device-ready!
Available at Oakland Nursery, visit oaklandnursery.com to find which of its four locations is closest to you.
This Wild Woolies Felt Birdhouse ($20) is made at a fair-trade workshop in Nepal. The 1-1/4 inch opening and cozy interior make an attractive home for small birds like chickadees and wrens, or you can expand the opening to attract bigger birds like tree swallows.
Available at City Folk's Farm Shop, 4760 N. High St. (Beechwold), Columbus 43214, 614-946-5553, cityfolksfarmshop.com
No garden is complete without its own Garden Fairy ($5.75). And if she's the type who demands fairy-size furniture, there are Fairy Thistle chairs, tables, benches and more ($2.25-$11.95) in weather-resistant materials.
Available at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus 43203, 614-715-8000, fpconservatory.org