Five last minute gift ideas for the gardeners in your life! Get inspired by the following (but hurry up, Christmas is nearly here!…)
Attracting the Bees
A packet of wildflower seeds is an ideal stocking filler for children and adults alike. As well as giving some spring colour to look forward to, you will be playing a part in sustaining our insect population.
Why not try Bee Mix Seed Balls – which contain a 1000 native bee friendly seeds including Foxglove, Cornflower, Red Clover and Birdsport.
Give an RHS Membership
A year’s membership of the RHS (Royal Horticulture Society) makes a thoughtful gift, if a bit on the expensive side. This is a present that keeps giving as you enjoy visits throughout the year to inspiring venues across the UK such as RHS Wisley in Surrey – which is definitely on my to do list over the festive holidays!
An individual membership starts at just under £50 a year; joint membership costs around £70. Members also gain exclusive access to RHS shows throughout the year.
Buy a Tree
Buy a tree as a present this Christmas and support the movement for a greener planet.
My favourite varieties for a medium sized garden are the Silver Birch and the Copper Beech. The Silver Birch is a striking deciduous tree whose bark is white all year round and grows to a height of 30m, whilst the Copper Beech provides a deep purple colour turning a rich copper in autumn and if clipped doesn’t shed its leaves.
Support your local Garden Centre
A gift voucher from your local garden centre could be the solution for that hard to buy friend or relative.
As well as supporting a business in your area, garden centres are full of interesting goodies to choose from aside from their obvious horticultural offerings and most have very good cafes too!
Find a Good Read
Gardening books are a present that always go down well in my family! You will not be disappointed with the RHS ‘Gardening through the Year’ by Ian Spence – an extensive month by month of planning instructions and inspiration.
A book on my wish list this year is Monty Don’s ‘Down to Earth’ – not only great on practical advice but makes for a good read too so maybe one for a novice gardener. Another interesting read is ‘Veg in one bed’ by Huw Richards, a comprehensive look at how ‘to grow an abundance of food’ even in the smallest of spaces.