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Gardeners choice for Hertfordshire Christmas presents

PUBLISHED: 14:42 15 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:27 20 February 2013

Gardeners choice for Hertfordshire Christmas presents

Gardeners choice for Hertfordshire Christmas presents

Philippa Pearson looks at some great ideas to treat gardening friends and family this Christmas. Why not drop some hints to receive these lovely gifts for yourself?

Philippa Pearson looks at some great ideas to treat gardening friends and family this Christmas. Why not drop some hints to receive these lovely gifts for yourself?



Catwalk glamour


Based at St Ippolyts, Hitchin, Garden Divas is an on-line shop oozing with presents especially for women who love to garden. All gifts are hand-picked and selected by gardeners for gardeners. I love the patchwork watering can from Pretty Useful Tools. Made from galvanised steel, the design is inspired by textile prints of the 50s, 60s and 70s and matching tools are also available. SnUggs are lightweight, machine washable boots with a welly style foot and Ugg-like top, available in various colours. The American Modern Growing Wishes kit has a collection of eight different seed varieties to grow a garden full of wishes and the nicely packaged tin also contains wooden plant labels, pencil and growing tips. 1 from the sale of each kit will be donated to the North Herts Growing People Horticultural Therapy Programme.
Gardeners aprons are useful for keeping string, secateurs and other items handy when you are working outdoors. Bradleys Half English linen/leather apron, in pink or green, has two big pockets and ties to keep everything together. Garden Divas Handy Gift Boxes contain a selection of useful and pretty gifts for gardeners including garden gloves, herbal soap, hand and nail cream and a themed seed mixture. www.gardendivas.co.uk



Going to seed


Growing your own couldnt be easier with easy to use seed tapes from the National Trust. Beetroot, carrot, lettuce, parsley and radish seeds are pre-spaced onto two 1.5m tapes per pack and you simply prepare the ground, lay the tape and water. No thinning and no wastage, perfect for stocking fillers. Label your seed rows with wooden plant markers, available in a rustic box along with graphite marker, natural jute green twine and green coated wire. Make your own biodegradable plant pots with a paper potter by using strips of newspaper. Available from
NT properties with shops or from www.shop.nationaltrust.org.uk



Stately gardening


Hatfield House gift shop is open every day from December 1 to 22 from 10am to 3pm for a unique range of gifts. Visit on December 1 for the launch and enjoy coffee and biscuits, too. Theres a great range of Burgeon & Ball gardening items from gardening twine to hand tools, plus gardeners toiletry gifts and an extensive range of gardening books covering everything from allotment gardening, garden history to garden design, all at reasonable prices. Look out for Andy Cases Beautiful Pigs book with the foreword written by pig enthusiast Lord Salisbury. The book has gorgeous studio photographs by Andrew Perris of championship pig breeds. www.hatfield-house.co.uk



Expert help


The Royal Horticultural Society has a fantastic gift range online at www.rhsshop.co.uk and in shops at one of their four gardens. The RHS Grow Your Own Kitchen Garden Year is written by RHS experts with more than 50 years of combined growing experience and provides all the information gardeners need to grow a year-round supply of healthy fruit and vegetables for their table. Covering where, when, what and how to grow, whether in a veg patch, on an allotment or in containers, the season by season chapters take you from sowing seed to harvesting. Keep notes on your plot with the Garden Journal which has a loose-leaf section, storage pockets, seasonal reminders and yearly planner.
Keep your knees dry whilst working in the garden with a pretty waterproof kneeler, complete with carry handle.
Illustrated with artwork from the RHS Lindley Library, the Tulipa boxed botanical notecards have three designs and make lovely stocking fillers. RHS prints and canvases in a range of sizes, with or without frames, are also available from their unique image collections. Choose from a wide selection of botanical art and contemporary garden photography. www.rhsprints.co.uk

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