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garden bon bon sets

by Anne Dowell
Handmade
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  • the story

It Grows On You

Make gardening a treat with these clever boxes of botanical bon bons. Seed balls rolled in red clay are shaped like delectable truffles, ripe for the planting. Simply plant them in spacious potters or a plot of earth for delightful bushels of edible herbs.

This patent-pending product goes beyond the giftbox: It's a thoughtful way of introducing gardening greenhorns to the joy of a green thumb. Handmade in Seattle.

Boxes of eight "truffles" mix four different herbs in two distinct varieties:

Herbal Teas (top):
Grow greens suited for teas and salads: Lemon Balm, Chamomile, Borage Blossom and Anise.

Italian Herbs (bottom):
Sprout kitchen staples for rounding out entrees, pesto and garnishes: Basil, Parsley, Chive and Winter Thyme.

Directions included. Sold separately.

Unfortunately, this item cannot ship outside of the United States at this time.

  • details
Handmade
Item ID
19735
Made from
clay, cardboard, ribbon, seeds, organic compost
Measurements
Presentation Box: 5.5" L x 3.25" W x 1.25" H; Bon Bons: each approx. .5-1" x .5-1" x .5-1"; Net weight: 3 oz.
Notes
Store in a cool dry place until ready to grow. Then, place bon bons on top of soil in sunny spot (indoors or outdoors), water generously until germination.
  • the maker

Anne Dowell

"Several years ago I heard of guerrilla gardeners using seed balls. I thought the lean design concept was cool, as is the historic agricultural use," says Anne Dowell, creator of Garden Bon Bons.

"Then when I had a child," she continues, "I thought it might be an enjoyable way to engage my toddler in gardening, so I looked up the technique and realized that although seed balls are too small for a very small child, they look uncannily like truffles."

Anne, inspired by the seed balls truffle-like quality, decided to "push the metaphor and create a gift product that makes seed-giving more gratifying."

Anne calls Garden Bon Bons "a gateway gift to inspire timid non-gardeners and delight foodies and more serious gardeners with an elegant presentation."

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GARDEN BON BON SETS
 
4.4

(based on 89 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (47)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (43)
  • Lightweight (30)
  • Easy to use (16)
  • Accurate instructions (15)
  • Easy to store (11)

Cons

  • Small in size (5)

Best Uses

  • Garden (46)
  • Patio (28)
  • Indoors (18)
  • Outdoors (17)
  • Deck (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Getting started (24), Budget shopper (21), Avid gardener (16), Midrange shopper (15)
    • I Am A:
    • Couple no kids (3), Single female (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (43)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (27)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other (16), Mother (10)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (14), Birthday (7), Other (6)

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4.0

2nd attempt ended up a disappointment :(

By 

from Fairfield, ME

About Me Budget Shopper

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Pros

  • Easy To Store
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Some Kits Are A Dud

Best Uses

  • Kitchen Bay Window
  • Temp Controlled Terraruim

Comments about GARDEN BON BON SETS:

I received the italian herb bon bon kit for my birthday in october from a coworker. I absolutely love it. Grew easily and thrived with no issues. I was in the hospital recently and my coworkers got me 2 more of the italian herb kits for me when I finally got discharged. I was looking forward to getting them started while I was home healing. Sadly, these two kits must have been a bad batch because out of the 2 kits I got 3 very week sad sprouts that didn't thrive and wilted away within a week. Its disappointing after being so satisfied by my first kit which has been tranplanted now and still is thriving. I'm a foodie who cooks all the time so I was thrilled at the prospect of expanding the herbs I could have on hand to harvest and use. Overall I love the product! My first kit left me very satisfied. These two kits left me frustrated. I tried everything to save them, I did a full work up on the soil and couldn't find anything amiss. I guess you win some and you loss some.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes
  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
  • Other
  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
  • Other

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5.0

Creative gift!

By 

from Ny, New York

About Me Budget Shopper

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Creative Gift
  • G
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden

    Comments about GARDEN BON BON SETS:

    I got this as a gift for my mother-in-law who loves tea, & is a great cook. Her comment was "WOW! What a cool twist on a gift!" She has replanted seeds in pots outside in her backyard. She seems very happy with her gift. I couldn't be happier! I may get the tea again for someone else who loves gardening and tea. I highly recommend this product.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Mother
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Birthday

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    4.0

    Great Gift Idea!

    By 

    from Green Bay, WI

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Store
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about GARDEN BON BON SETS:

        It comes nicely packaged, however is very messy as the "bon-bons" are partly made of dirt - there was loose dirt floating around in the package.

        Despite the dirt, the recipient found this to be unique and thoughtful. I will likely give this gift again.

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        5.0

        awesome

        By 

        from york, pa

        About Me Budget Shopper

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Store

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Deck

          Comments about GARDEN BON BON SETS:

          the recipient loved it

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
          • Other
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Christmas or Hanukkah

          Comment on this review

           
          5.0

          A wonderful treat for a green thumb

          By 

          from Torrance, CA

          About Me Budget Shopper

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Whimsical

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Deck
          • Garden
          • Patio

          Comments about GARDEN BON BON SETS:

          This is a great whimsical gift for the green thumb in your life.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
          • Mother
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Christmas or Hanukkah

          Comment on this review

           
          5.0

          Awesome!

          By 

          from Saint Louis, MO

          About Me Budget Shopper

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Store
          • Easy To Use
          • Perfect gift

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Garden
            • Kitchen
            • Patio

            Comments about GARDEN BON BON SETS:

            Such an awesome gift! Comes wrapped in a bow and ready to give. Adorable little bon bons come in two varieties. I'm so excited to give this to my godmother for Christmas this year! I think she will love it! And being Italian, the Italian herbs set is absolutely perfect for her kitchen!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
            • Who was the recipient of this product?:
            • Other
            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
            • Christmas or Hanukkah

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Disappointing

            By 

            from Santa Cruz

            About Me Budget Shopper

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about GARDEN BON BON SETS:

                  My mother was incredibly disappointed with this product; after planting all of the bon bons, only one yielded any sort of plant growth, and that was dead after only a few days.
                  The product makes a cute gift, but if you're looking for some returns I would suggest investing in more conventional forms of planting.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes
                  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                  • Mother
                  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                  • Birthday

                  Comment on this review

                   
                  5.0

                  Wonderful gift

                  By 

                  from Medford, OR

                  About Me Midrange Shopper

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Deck
                    • Garden
                    • Patio

                    Comments about GARDEN BON BON SETS:

                    This is the third time I have purchased this product to give as a gift and it is always received with a smile.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes
                    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                    • Other
                    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                    • Other

                    Comment on this review

                     
                    5.0

                    Cute birthday or hostess gift

                    By 

                    from Los Angeles, CA

                    About Me Midrange Shopper

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clever Design
                    • Great packaging
                    • Unique Gift

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Deck
                      • Garden
                      • Kitchen
                      • Patio
                      • Room With Natural Light

                      Comments about GARDEN BON BON SETS:

                      My friend loved this gift! She is going to grow the Italian herbs in her kitchen. She said the packaging was great, the little seed bon bons look good enough to eat!

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes
                      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                      • Other
                      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                      • Birthday

                      Comment on this review

                       
                      5.0

                      Neat little gift

                      By 

                      from Portland, OR

                      About Me Budget Shopper

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Store
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Deck
                        • Garden
                        • Patio

                        Comments about GARDEN BON BON SETS:

                        My mother loved it. She had never seen anything like it before.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes
                        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                        • Mother
                        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                        • Mother’s Day

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