Gardening Gifts – Great Gifts for Keen Gardeners

You are stuck! You are looking for gardening gifts for a gardener but you know they already have a garden full of plants, and a shed full of tools, so what would they really appreciate? We are keen gardeners ourselves and we have racked our brains and come up with these ten gardening gifts (all available from UK websites) which we would love to receive ourselves.Looking for something practical and surprisingly inexpensive? – What about a garden tidy cart (available from The Able Gardener). Ideal for tidying the garden, it holds the refuse bag upright and has eight pockets for tools, twine and other things you find you have always forgotten once you have got down the bottom of the garden. When you have finished you can fold it up for easy storage.We love our tools but a copper castor trowel would make ordinary garden chores a real pleasure. This trowel was recently described by Bob Flowerdew of BBC Gardener’s Question Time as “absolutely 1000 times better than any other trowel on the market”. The edge of the trowel is hard and sharp which makes digging holes in hard ground a pleasure. This trowel is one of the beautiful range of copper garden tools available from Implementations.Looking for an environmentally friendly gardening gift? Then how about a paper potter which enables gardeners to make their own seed pots out of newspaper? Gardeners can never have enough pots especially when it comes to potting out time! This super award-winning gift is available from the Urban Garden.Another gift we really loved was a ladybird tower from Crocus. Brilliant for wildlife lovers or anyone with kids the ladybird tower is made of softwood drilled with a hundred holes giving access to an insulated inner chamber. This provides them with safe accommodation for hibernating, eating and breeding. The ends are made of hardwood and you can even remove the top to have a peek at your ladybird friends.And for the organic gardener we found a lovely monthly reminder calendar which provides timely reminders about all the jobs which need to be done if you want to grow healthy organic fruit and vegetables. There is even room to add your own personal notes. It is available from The Organic Gardening Catalogue.Or for those dark winter evenings we would heartily recommend the Geoff Hamilton DVD collection. If you are not a gardener you may not have heard of Geoff Hamilton but he was the longest-serving presenter of BBC Gardener’s World and is fondly remembered by all gardeners as a real gardening legend. The DVD collection includes 3 complete TV series and is hugely entertaining and inspirational as well as providing lots of practical advice.But if the gardener in your life would prefer to spend their winter evenings with a highly entertaining gardening book then we are sure they would thoroughly enjoy “Cuttings” by Christopher Lloyd. It is a thoroughly enjoyable and illuminating read by the most inspiring plantsman of our time.And so gardeners can stop worrying about the unkind weather ruining their young plants why not buy them a weather forecaster station (available from The Weather Shop). This monitors barometric pressure, indoor and outdoor temperatures, minimum and maximum temperatures and humidity. These are all displayed on an easy-to-read monitor. Maybe you are looking for something just a little indulgent? Then how about a “Sloe Gin” gardeners gift box from The Gluttonous Gardener. This unique gift combines a bottle of Plymouth Sloe Gin with three young sloe bushes for future indulgences! Recipes and full instructions are included in the gift box.Our final choice will be an absolute thrill for anyone who loves visiting gardens. The National Trust day out gift pack available from Virgin Experiences provides an admission pass for two people to visit as many participating National Trust properties as they wish within one month. Included with the gift is a choice of National Trust guidebook, a map guide and some vouchers.

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