Welcome to IDeal™ Garden Markers!

History of the IDeal™ Garden Marker

Experienced inventor, Tom Carlson, owner of IDeal™ Garden Markers and HostasDirect, Inc., never found a garden marker he liked in his 44+ years of gardening. He set his mind on completely meeting his and other gardeners' needs with a new plant identification marker design and marketing system.

Over 1,300 gardeners responded to an 11 page detailed survey and told us about their garden marker needs and past frustrations. Their previous garden markers were eye-sores,  not sun-resistant,  fell apart, rusted, spun, came out of the ground,  trapped debris between two wires, got bent by hoses, were difficult to write on or too small for their information, and they could not write on the back side of their markers.

Tom, an owner of four other patents, tested and then decided on several lengths, bends, colors and nameplate sizes. Two outstanding mechanical engineers and manufacturers were hired to create the best fit between the stainless steel stake and the nameplate. After many adjustments, the best garden marker ever was born!

Survey responders told us that they wanted a one-stop shop for plant identification needs and an easier way to order custom engravings and labels in addition to the IDeal™ Garden Markers.  So, we developed our cloud based online design software for printed labels and custom engravings.  We also offer paint pens that provide durable, sun-resistant lettering (and pens with solvents so you can reuse your nameplates) for those that wish to hand write. Gardeners do not have to experiment with different products from several vendors that may or may not perform well together.  And, they can reduce

Our testimonials prove gardeners love our product.  They do not have to experiment with different products from several vendors that may or may not perform well together.  And, they can reduce their over all shipping costs by purchasing from one vendor.

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