10 Christmas pressies with a gardening twist
1. The quirky sculpture/planter
These concrete shoe planters, £55, from Do Shop are great for injecting some wit into the garden. Designed by Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba with Italian design house Seletti, they’re top quality and sure to liven up any lull in the preprandial chitchat.
2. The sexy
Aha! Bet you didn’t count on seeing a sexy present for a gardener… After putting in the hours in the back yard, a horticulturalist could do with a little R&R. Belfast brand Filthy Velvet’s seductive Me So Thorny scented candle at Roullier White mixes musky rose with seductive notes of East Indian sandalwood and intoxicating amber – so you never know, the restful mood may give way to romance, if you’re lucky.
3. The vintage gift
Gardening involves a bit of graft at times. Keep things light with a pair of bright, vintage-looking gloves. These practical tree-designed cotton numbers, £9.95, by The Thoughtful Gardener at Amara are bang on.
4. The stylish decorative
Natural History’s Fern linen cushion, £39.99, from Chatsworth & Grey is the perfect prop for a nature lover’s sofa. Bright, plumptious, botanically accurate (well, almost – the digitally printed illustrations were inspired by an antique encyclopaedia of natural history), it’ll make an elegant addition to any living area.
5. The present that channels Chelsea
Is it a bird bath? Is it a feeder or a sculpture? Designed by Simon Thomas for a Chelsea Flower Show garden, London Garden Trading’s copper Chalice Garden Bird Bath Sculpture, from £32.95, is all three! And it’s available in three sizes: small (15 cm diameter), medium (20 cm diameter) and large (25 cm diameter) on a 1m black stem.
6. The one for tidy, eco-friendly folk
Avoid the harsh chemicals of ordinary cleaners and detergents with Mrs White’s Everything in the Garden Is Lovely solution
. Its blend of essential oils will restore and protect weather-beaten furniture and also contains special butterfly-attracting ingredients. You’ll never look at that trampoline in the same way again.
7. The on-trend choice
A bit of copper, with a little nod to Seventies kitsch, this beautiful planished planter pot, £29, from Rockett St George would suit any hipster contemporary home.
8. For the twitcher, or a kid-friendly stocking filler
For kids and bird lovers everywhere, this quirky Bungee bird feeder, £4, from The Balcony Gardener will bungee dive from any position you hang him – tree, garden shed or even patio window. Hours of fun!
9. The beautiful coffee-table tome
Featuring fabulous images by top photographers Hugo Rittson Thomas and Marianne Majerus, Great Gardens of London, £30 (Frances Lincoln), by Victoria Summerley is a lovely, inspiring read. Including some of the most well-loved, as well as hitherto-unseen-by-the-public green spaces of the capital (from Downing Street to innovative inner-city gardens), it’s a must for anyone interested in the great outdoors.
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10. The family gift
Become a member of Kew Gardens and you can enjoy one of our top national treasures all year round. Not only will you have access to the famous London gardens, but you’ll be able to visit Wakehurst seed bank, attend assorted classes and get updates before anyone else!
Family membership costs £109 – includes two adults and up to two children aged 4 to 16 years old. It will be a life-saver during the holidays!
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