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                 Lighting the garden path
Enjoy your garden after the sun goes down with the Philips Hue line.
You can control and personalize outdoor lighting options with the tap of an app on your smartphone or tablet. Or just tell Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant or Apple’s Siri to turn on the lights in whatever color you choose. Spotlight beds with the Lily Spotlight. Illuminate the garden path with Calla lighting. Components start at around $80, meethue.com
    Consider the she shed
At its best, a shed is a charming pied-à-terre—literally a foot on the ground, a jot of a place to get away from the whirlwind world. So why should lawn mowers and rakes have all the fun? With She Sheds Style: Make Your Space Your Own, author Erika Kotite shows readers how to elevate the humble shed into an intensely personal space that can be the antidote to the man cave. How-to photos and decorating tips are included. $25, Cool Springs Press
  Welcome, bugs
   A slice of life
If the Delaware Center for Horticulture’s Marcia Stephenson had to recommend one tool for gardeners, it would be the Leonard Classic Soil Knife. It’s ideal for digging, sawing, cutting roots and twine, removing rocks, weeding, planting, and dividing crowns. The larger grip guard helps to keep hands safe from blade. And this knife is backed by a lifetime warranty. $21, gardenersedge.com
This spring, the Longwood Gardens community is buzzing about ways to attract pollinators to the garden, says its communications director, Patricia Evans. The Beneficial Bug Hotel is a cool way for kids to learn about organic farming, predatory insects and pollinators. Grownups like it because the hotel is a haven for bugs that keeps insects such as aphids off plants. Pollinators stay at the hotel from egg to adulthood, when they begin their task of moving pollen from plant to plant, essential for fertilization. $44.99, longwood.org
Snip, snip
The orange handles on Fiskars tools are a familiar a sight in gardens everywhere.
The company has been around since 1649, when it was an ironworks in Finland. The newest cutting implement this spring is the Fiskars Curved Blade Pruning Snip, with micro-tip blades slightly angled to get close to the stem for precision in tight spaces. Expect a snip that cuts all the way to the tip, with an integrated spring and bumper. It’s easy to take apart for cleaning and comes with a full lifetime warranty. $18, fiskars.com
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