Mother’s Day 2016: 10 best gardening gifts
This Mother’s Day, treat your green-fingered mum to a top-notch gardening gift. From kneelers and tools to vases and books, the horticultural market is overgrown with potential mum-pleasing pressies, but we’ve managed to prune them down to ten winning ideas, guaranteed to put a smile on her face.
1. The Crafted Garden: £16.99, Waterstones
This beautifully crafted book shows you how to transform foliage, sprigs and seeds into a multitude of fancy decorations and horticultural works of art. Featuring fifty inspiring projects, it’ll keep your ma busy for months.
2. Burgon and Ball Chrysanthemum Gift Set: £64.95, Burgon and Ball
Spoil mum rotten with this gardening set, branded with imagery taken from the RHS Lindley Library. A quartet of trowel, fork, secateurs and floral patterned gloves will make light work of garden tasks, while the super soft kneeling cushion will protect her knees. Just make sure she likes Chrysanthemums.
3. Kew Vintage Planter: £10, Kew Shop
A dapper metal planter with vintage hammered finish and embossed Kew logo, this comes stuffed with peat-free compost and a choice of easy-grow plant seeds, including poppies, sweet pea and lavender.
4. Orla Kiely Gloves: £14.99, Flamingo Gifts
Watch mother cut a dash in the garden with these stylish gardening gloves. Resplendently decorated in modernist floral prints, these big comfy mitts will keep her precious hands safe from thorns and filth.
5. Laura Ashley Wild Meadow Floral Gardeners Apron: £20, Laura Ashley
This is a durable gardeners apron that will protect your mums garb from mucky garden tasks. Comes complete with a detachable tool belt, perfect for stowing and carrying gardening essentials, such as secateurs, seed packets, gin, etc.
6. Bentley National Trust Gift Set: £19.99, BuyDirect4U
With help from this National Trust-endorsed gift set, poking around in the flowerbeds will be a walk in the park. There’s a smart pair of dragonfly emblazoned gloves and a sturdy trowel and fork combo, that will give mum years of gardening pleasure.
7. Sophie Conran Indoor Watering Can: £14.95, Sophie Conran
Gift mum this swish, designer watering can. It’s no-spill spout is narrow enough to poke through delicate foliage – perfect for watering houseplants – and the generous 1.7 litre capacity container will serve her well on hydration expeditions to the greenhouse.
8. Gardeners 60 Second Fix Kit for Hands: £25, Crabtree & Evelyn
Pamper mums paws after a hard days weeding with this swanky hand cream set. The tube of hand recovery will exfoliate and cleanse off garden grime, while the hand therapy cream will scent her hands with a bouquet of fragrant herbs.
9. Sarah Raven Tutti Fruti Vases: £16.95, Sarah Raven
Spruce up your mum’s windowsill with a trio of jazzy, stained glass vases. Made from one hundred per cent recycled glass, they come in a variety of lustrous colours and are just the ticket for displaying large, single stemmed flowers.
10. Sloe Gin Gift Crate: £44, Not On The High Street
This customisable sloe gin kit comes packed with three ready-to-plant sloe bushes along with a pot of tasty sloe chutney. For impatient mums who can’t wait for the first crop of berries, you can sling in a bottle of ready-made sloe gin for a few extra quid.
Trinket-loving mums will cherish the Kew pewter planter. For earth mothers who love digging the dirt, the Burgon and Ball gift set is hard to beat.
Richard Hood is one of the Two Thirsty Gardeners. Visit the site for more product reviews and growing tips and advice
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