Gardeners' Christmas presents
PUBLISHED: 15:24 15 February 2010 | UPDATED: 14:56 20 February 2013
Finding the perfect present for a gardening enthusiast that is different, unusual and interesting needn't be a challenge. Philippa Pearson seeks out gifts that are ideal for gardeners of all ages this Christmas
IF you have a gardening friend or family member to buy for this Christmas, it's all too easy to reach automatically for gardening gift vouchers or plants but with a little imagination, you can easily find something that will delight and be useful as well.
Make listening fun
In-ex Garden Centre at Goff's Oak have put all their gifts and garden sundries together to create a great selection of practical and interesting ideas. I adore the hand-crafted galvanised watering cans which are such fun and look good enough to be used as an ornament. These functional watering cans are in the shape of animals - chickens, geese, snails, hares and even a robin.
When I'm tending the veg patch or sowing seeds in the potting shed I like to take a little portable radio out with me: the Alan Titchmarsh Collection has a cute radio disguised as a flowerpot or watering can, a lovely gift for similar-minded gardeners. Elsewhere, there are some super ideas for tree presents including folding secateurs and a folding pocket umbrella which may come in handy when you are garden visiting.
Add some glamour
Aylett Nurseries have some funky Hunter Wellington boots and gardening shoes in bright colours, which will bring a touch of glamour to your gardening. They've got wellie boot socks, too, to keep feet warm on cold days.
Add interest all year round in the garden with some stained glass panels, handmade by Hayhoe Designs. These look great when the sun shines through the coloured glass and gorgeous when lit at night. Ayletts also have a selection of stoneware features created by sculptor Fiona Scott and a range of traditional handmade walking sticks with decorative tops, a lovely gift for those who like to take their time and potter around the garden.
Poinsettia and cyclamen are all freshly grown on the nursery, so no plant miles here, and all gifts can be wrapped in store.
Made by hand
Van Hage's Fairtrade shop, Baobab Jungle, has an interesting range of sustainable handmade products from countries such as Lombok and Ghana. I love the bamboo wind chimes and the gentle, mesmerising sound they make whilst the unique handmade pots look great displayed on the coffee root stand as a feature in a courtyard or patio area. The teak root bench is a real showstopper, very unusual, and you may want to buy this present for yourself.
Time to pamper
Work-weary gardeners hoping to relax over the festive season will welcome pampering gifts. Wyevale's centres at Chipperfield, Codicote, Hitchin, Hemel Hempstead, Potters Bar, Tring and Stevenage (Blooms) have a Gardener's Hand Repair Set consisting of antibacterial handwash, herbal moisturiser cream and nail brush whilst the Gardener's Pamper Gift Set has toiletries and tools packaged in a handy canvas tote bag.
An instant fix
If you're not able to get out and about to get your Christmas gifts, try some on-line shopping. As an organic gardener, I really like Rocket Gardens instant kitchen garden gift vouchers which are perfect for green-fingered friends who like to grow their own produce. Select from a list of six different garden types, buy the vouchers which your recipient simply redeems and then receives all the plants, organically grown, to create an instant productive garden.
Choose from a salad garden, herb garden, small vegetable garden, large vegetable garden, Mediterranean garden or patio container garden.
All about trugs
The Great British Trug Company has an extensive range of traditional trugs, handmade in Sussex, which can be filled with a range of goodies to make an even more attractive gift. In addition, the company have a lovely range of wicker baskets and besom brooms plus gardening tool gift sets packaged in wooden seed trays. I also like the super range of gifts for junior gardeners, from mini trugs to traditional gardening tools scaled down in size for the next generation of green fingers.
Garden Divas has a range of colourful gifts for the lady gardener including stylish, practical garden tools, home accessories and beautiful aromatherapy products. The company is an online business - www.gardendivas.co.uk - based in St Ippolyts and is offering a 10 per cent discount during December.
Article taken from December issue of Hertfordshire Life