12/4 Christmas wishes: Garden Sticks

@BR Ednote:EDITOR’S NOTE: Each Christmas season, Bradenton Herald staff select their favorite gift selections from local businesses and nonprofits.

Gift suggestion: Garden Sticks

Description: Local artist Jeannie Murray created these whimsical pottery garden ornaments to brighten up your flower beds. There are giant, colorful flowers, and cheery, yellow sun faces, or unique Fish Sticks, to choose from. Murray also teaches beginning hand-built pottery classes at the Anna Maria Island Art League.

Cost: Flowers, $15; sun faces, $23; Fish Sticks, $26.

Why I like it: When I first spotted the Garden Stick display at the Island Art League gift shop, they struck me as something you wouldn’t find anywhere else. Also, they are locally made, thereby helping the local economy.

Where you can buy it: Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, (941) 778-2099,

— Carl Nudi, Herald staff