I feel such an uplifting, happy sensation when I find the perfect gift. I have been busy testing out products, searching for special gifts for gardeners. Here are my recommendations:
Membership of a horticultural society would make a super present. There are many local gardening societies who meet regularly across Surrey, where you can learn about gardening and make new friends. If you’re looking for a society near you, or near a friend or relation, visit www.surreyhorticulturalfederation.org for information on local horticultural societies and clubs, their talks and events.
The Surrey Horticultural Federation are hosting a special afternoon talk with Jekka McVicar at 2.30pm, on Thursday 23rd March 2017, at Normandy Village Hall, Manor Fruit Farm, Glaziers Lane, Normandy, GU3 2DE. Tickets to this lovely event, would make a very special gift. For more details about The Surrey Horticultural Federation spring talk, please click here.
I love growing Sweet Peas. For many years now I have used Deep Rootrainers, from Haxnicks, to sow my Sweet Pea seeds, with great results. The Rootrainers Racking Station is a super space saver; it holds eight of the Rootrainers seed trays over two levels. The Rootrainers Racking Station lifts the trays up, making the plants easier to tend, while moving your plants away from easy reach of slugs and snails. To read my review of Haxnicks Deep Rootrainers and the Rootrainers Racking Station, please click here.
If you or a friend would like to make your own Sweet Pea wigwam, why not book onto a course with Nicki from Willow and Yoga. Nicki’s workshop is nestled in a small woodland, near Dorking in Surrey, where Nicki offers courses using a selection of different willows, to make traditionally woven baskets, bird feeders, willow balls, hearts, sculptures, Christmas decorations, wreaths and gifts. Living willow courses are available during February and March. Full day courses include materials, tea, cake, and home-made soup with bread and cheese. Gluten free and vegetarian diets are catered for. To visit Willow and Yoga’s website, please click here.
If you’re looking for a gift for someone who enjoys traditional crafts, membership of the South of England Hedge Laying Society might be the perfect present. The society holds regular training events in coppicing and hedge laying, with an annual Hedge Laying Competition. To visit the South of England Hedge Laying Society’s website, please click here.
Books are wonderful presents. This year my book recommendation is Botanicum from Big Picture Press, a wonderful and truly beautiful book that’s certain to delight the whole family. To read my review of Botanicum, and find out more about this lovely book, please click here.
This autumn, I received a very special gift of a standard holly from some dear friends. I am thrilled with the tree – Ilex ‘Nellie R. Stevens’, a lovely female holly with glossy leaves and orange-red berries, purchased from Squire’s Garden Centre in Milford. To find out more about this holly and other plants that would make super gifts this Christmas, please click here.
Over the past couple of years, I have bought some beautiful hand-made Christmas decorations from Sarah Beevers at the Loseley Christmas Fair. You can read about the decorations I have bought from Sarah Beevers, by clicking here. Sarah also makes botanical themed jewellery and pieces inspired by nature. For more information visit Sarah Beevers Jewellery Design’s Etsy Shop, by clicking here.
A wonderful gift at Christmas, or at any time of year, is the gift of garden membership. The recipient of your gift will enjoy unlimited visits during opening times, with many gardens offering other exclusive, member only benefits. We are fortunate to have so many glorious gardens open to us. It’s important to support these important gardens and charitable organisations, to ensure we protect these beautiful spaces of historical and horticultural importance, their plant collections, horticultural knowledge, expertise, and training opportunities, for future generations. Many gardens offer gift membership. You’ll find an article with the full details of gardens in Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex offering garden membership, by clicking here.
I’ve used hundreds of pairs of secateurs; the only secateurs I recommend are Felco secateurs. Burton McCall offer full servicing for Felco secateurs, replacing any parts, and posting the secateurs back as good as new – a wonderful surprise present! To find out more about servicing Felco secateurs, please click here. To read my review of my Felco secateurs, please click here.
Reusable VELCRO® Brand plant ties are a great stocking filler, ideal for very young, or older hands that struggle with knots. To read my review of VELCRO® Brand one-wrap plant ties, please click here.
Christmas is the season of goodwill. Why not volunteer to help in a friend or relation’s garden. Gardening is uplifting; it’s heart warming to share the experience and the joy.
This article was first published in the December 2016 edition of Vantage Point Magazine.
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For more very special ideas for gifts for gardeners that I have trialled and tested, please click here.
For a list of snowdrop nurseries, please click here.
For information about potting up plants for Christmas, please click here.
For information about Christmas and Kew 2016 and visiting the Royal Botanic Gardens in December, please click here.
For information about special snowdrop gardens, talks, events and open days for 2017, please click here.
For information on the live, potted Christmas trees, available from Wheeler Street Nursery in Witley, please click here.
You can sow Sweet Pea seeds from September until April, for information about growing Sweet Peas, please click here.
For gardening advice, tips and ideas of what you could do in your garden, or at your allotment, from mid-December until mid-January, please click here.
You can sow some seeds indoors now, for information about growing sweet corn shoots and other seeds indoors to eat over winter, please click here.
To see a planting list of suitable plants to grow inside a terrarium or bottle garden, please click here.
For more book reviews, please click here.