Wednesday 8 October 2014
Seasonal gift ideas from the Royal Horticultural Society
Whether you love to be pampered, read up on horticulture or help wildlife, the RHS has something for all with Christmas ideas for new and experienced gardeners, wildlife lovers, kids and lifestyle gifts. Here are a few of the exciting products found on the RHS website or at a shop or plant centre at RHS Gardens Wisley, Hyde Hall, Harlow Carr and Rosemoor.
For new gardeners…
RHS Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers A guide to planning a dream garden. With 8,000 easy-to-find plants photographed the new “how to” section tells you all you need to know on cultivation, pruning and care. RRP: £35, RHS price £30, offer = £5 off (Dorling Kindersley, ISBN 9781405354233)
Gold Leaf winter touch gloves Offers extra comfort and durability through cold, wet months and keeps hands warm and dry for general gardening. The reinforced palm is ideal for a whole host of gardening tools. Price: £22.99
RHS Gift membership Enjoy benefits, inc. free entry to RHS Gardens, offers and access to members’ days at RHS Shows. Includes a £5 voucher to spend at any RHS Garden, two packs of seeds and a set of postcards. To buy, visit rhs.org.uk/join/PGP397 or call 020 3176 5820 quoting PGP397
Head of Gardening and Biscuits Mug A bone china mug, decorated with fun and quirky lettering in black and green. Front reads: “Head of Gardening and Biscuits”. Reverse reads: “& dunking”. Price: £10.99
For experienced gardeners…
RHS Claw Cultivator Features a smooth wooden handle made from sustainable hardwood, a stainless steel ferrule and head and a leather tie for hanging. Breaks up and aerates the soil. Width 7cm, overall length 29cm. Price: £9.95
RHS Vegetables for the Gourmet Gardener: Old, New, Common and Curious Vegetables to Grow and Eat A guide to more than 65 types of vegetable, from the obscure to the familiar. Intriguing insights into the history and use and Illustrated with delicate watercolours and engravings. RRP 14.99, RHS price: £11.99, offer = £3 off until 31 Dec 2014 (RHS, ISBN 9781845338862)
RHS Latin for Gardeners An informative and entertaining illustrated unravelling of botanical Latin. Over 3,000 names with feature spreads on important plant hunters and their discoveries. RRP 14.99, RHS price: £11.99, offer = £3 off until 31 Dec 2014 (Mitchell Beazley, ISBN 9781845337315)
Professional Garden Labeller Never lose track of your plants with this versatile label printer, ideal for use both in the garden and around the home. There are easy symbols such as italics and quote marks, allowing gardeners to follow plant-naming conventions, and up to 9 labels can be stored in the memory. Price: £50
RHS Natural Gardener's Therapy: Nourishing Hand Conditioner A luxurious RHS hand conditioner, enriched with natural olive butter and a gorgeous, nature-inspired scent; citrus and bergamot, a fresh floral heart and notes of oakmoss, amber and precious woods. Price: £9.99 for 300ml
RHS 100 Flowers Postcards This set of 100 postcards features some the most striking botanical paintings from those held in the RHS Lindley Library. The earliest works date from the late 17th or early 18th century and the latest are from the middle of the 20th century. Price: £14.99
RHS Ground Works Gardener’s Handkerchiefs Set of 3 cotton, generously sized handkerchiefs printed with fork and secateur designs, plus a little gnome! Beautifully presented. Price: £12.95
RHS Botanical Prints and Photographs Add vintage glamour to your kitchen or sitting-room wall. High-quality prints and canvases from the world-class collections of botanical art and illustration at the RHS Lindley Library. Prints are available in a range of sizes and frames, delivered directly to your door. Prices vary, see www.rhsprints.co.uk for details.
For wildlife lovers…
Bird Feed Storage Box, Chalk Stylish enamel-coated tin, superb for keeping loose bird seed or fat balls. Comes in classic chalk-white with contrasting bird illustrations and a handy aluminium scoop. Price: £30
I Love Robins Bird Food A bag of intensely rich, calorific blend for all-year-round, all-weather feeding. Britain's favourite bird, and other song birds and soft-billed species will flock to this aromatic energy-burst feed packed with fruit, shrimps, insects and honey. 500g. Price: £4.99
The Squirrel Buster Bird Feeder This design lets birds feed freely while denying squirrels access to food. The weight of predators shuts off feeder ports, preventing access to seed. Spring mechanism adjusts easily to exclude heavier birds such as pigeons, if required. Price: £25
The Complete Bee and Bug Biome An attractive bee and bug habitat that provides a home for solitary bees, ladybirds and other beneficial insects such as lacewings. These insects pollinate your garden and are great at predator control, munching through aphids and the like. The biome makes an ideal gift for gardeners and nature-lovers alike. Price: £25
Little Gardeners Growing Kit Complete easy-to-grow indoor cress garden kit, with character sheet, grow mat, tray and seeds to grow and then eat. Suitable for children over 3 years of age. Price £3.99
Junior Garden Kit Fabulous garden kit containing everything you need for a fun-packed gardening session. A funky bucket, hand trowel, hand fork, two plant markers and a pair of cotton rigger gloves are all packed into a fabric carry. Available in blue or pink. Price: £16.99
RHS Grow Your Own for Kids! This delightful book shows junior gardeners how to grow up to 12 key vegetables including tomatoes, aubergines, peas, monster pumpkins, mustard & cress, beans and courgettes. It also includes child-friendly fruits and other plants such as sunflowers and edible flowers. For ages 5-11. Price: £12.99 (Mitchell Beazley, ISBN 9781845335106)
Go shopping or get full details on these products and many more at: www.rhsshop.co.uk
www.rhsplants.co.uk and www.rhsprints.co.uk. Prices correct at time of issue.
Notes to editors
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About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood for the encouragement and improvement of the science, art and practice of horticulture. We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, the first of our gardens, in 1903. From our first meetings in a small room off London’s Piccadilly, we have grown to become the world’s largest gardening charity.
Today the RHS is committed to providing a voice for all gardeners. We are driven by a simple love of plants and a belief that gardeners make the world a better place. 210 years on we continue to safeguard and advance the science, art and practice of horticulture, creating displays that inspire people to garden. In all aspects of our work we help gardeners develop by sharing our knowledge of plants, gardens and the environment.
RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk/join
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