Last minute gifts for green-fingered friends

If you can’t face another trip to the shops, it’s easy to find a gift to delight your green-fingered friends without leaving the house. Turn them into a gardening-pro with a plant subscription box, a magazine or membership for one of their favourite places. It’s a great way to get their gardening year off to a good start.

Gardeners Box
Gardeners Box. Photo: www.gardenersbox.com

Gardeners Box – This garden subscription box takes the guesswork out of gardening and provides monthly inspiration to help your garden thrive during all four seasons of the year. Every month you will receive eight carefully curated packs of seeds, easy to follow instructions and plant markers delivered to your doorstep. That means you spend less time researching and buying seed varieties and more time enjoying yourself in the garden doing what you love best.
£9.99/month or £115 annual gift subscription.

Monthly Nature Crafts and Gardening Activities
Monthly Nature Crafts and Gardening Activities. Photo: www.mudandbloom.com

Mud & Bloom Monthly Nature Crafts and Gardening Activities – If you’re keen to get your little ones away from the screen and into the outdoors, then Mud & Bloom might be the box for you. Boxes are seasonal and include a gardening activity and a nature-based craft one. The activities are designed by qualified teachers in line with the national curriculum.
Delivery is monthly. 6 months £53.70.

Book - The Generous-Gardner.
Book – The Generous-Gardner.

The Generous Gardener – What do the celebrated actors, the bestselling novelist, the Nepalese Sherpa and the famous model have in common? Like millions of us, they love their gardens. The gardening editor of The Sunday Times, Caroline Donald has been allowed beyond the gate of more than forty private gardens. If you can’t get to see a place for inspiration, reading about it is the next best thing.
Amazon £15.87.

RHS Encyclopedia of Garden Design
RHS Encyclopedia of Garden Design

The RHS Encyclopedia of Garden Design – Whether you’re looking to revive a tired flowerbed or aiming for a complete design overhaul, the RHS Encyclopedia of Garden Design will show you how to make your ideal garden a reality. Grasp the fundamentals of garden design, find a style that suits you, and bring your ideas to life.
RHS £30

Book - BBC Gardeners' World
Book – BBC Gardeners’ World

BBC Gardeners’ World magazine is the perfect companion to the BBC2 TV series that celebrated its 50th birthday this year. Subscriptions include valuable extras – including seeds, an annual calendar, 2-for-1 Gardens Entry Card & Guide and exclusive digital content.
£39.99 for 12 issues.

 

 

RHS or Arboretum membership. Photo: RHS
Arboretum membership

Arboretum Membership – Unlimited visits to your favourite places. A Forestry Commission Discovery Pass gives access to one of thirty forest sites around the UK.

Or how about RHS Membership. Enjoy unlimited days out at RHS gardens for the member and a family guest or 2 children, exclusive access to shows and expert advice, and a monthly subscription to The Garden magazine, all while helping to support their extensive charitable work.
Individual one-year membership £45.

Gifts for serious and not-so-serious gardeners

We’ve asked our gardening friends what they’d like to see in their stockings this Christmas and have come up with some practical and quirky ideas that should fit the bill.

Postbox bird house
Postbox bird house. Photo: qwekity.com

This Postbox Bird House from Qwerkity would add colour and interest to a garden wall. With a keyhole hook on the reverse for hanging, it’s perfectly frost proof so you can leave it out all year long. £18.99

 

Monty Don Book
Monty Don Book. Photo: waterstones.com

Monty Don’s latest book is a distillation of his 50 years of gardening experience, with all the tips and gardening wisdom to make your garden flourish. Discover his thoughts and ideas around nature, seasons, colour, design, pests, flowering shrubs, containers, and much more. £17.99.

Leather gauntlets
Leather gauntlets. Photo: harrodhorticultural.com

A pair of these thorn resistant leather gauntlet gloves from Harrod Horticultural are a great investment for working with rose bushes, brambles and thorny shrubbery, providing protection for hands and forearms, and they’re British-made. £32.95

Big Ben frame
Big Ben frame. Photo: suttons.co.uk

The Big Ben frame from Suttons is perfect for climbing beans, sweet peas, cucumbers, gourds, squashes and melons. £129.99

Secateurs
Secateurs. Photo: johnlewis.com

A good pair of secateurs is always useful. This Kew Gardens ratchet anvil pair is suited to cutting thicker, harder branches and comes with a 10 year guarantee. £26.49

Seed ruler & dibbled set. Photo: worm.co.uk
Seed ruler & dibbled set

A seed ruler and dibblet set helps when planting out seeds and small seedlings, giving perfect spacing for everything from peas and beans to cauliflowers. You won’t know what you did without it. £26.95

Mud kitchen. Photo: johnlewis.com
Mud kitchen

And finally, for the kids, this TP Toys Muddy Madness Mud kitchen will provide hours of messy play for children aged 3 and above. £149.99