Mother’s Day is almost upon us! Unless you want to present your poor mum with a bouquet of wilting flowers, or (yet more) boring chocolates, why not put some extra thought into it this year? I’m considering a few different options this year, and if your mum loves to garden, you’re in luck… here are five presents to put a smile on her face! One of my grandmas is also a big gardening fan, so these are perfect ideas for her too.
A gift voucher
You could buy your mum a plant that’s already half grown, but if the garden is your mum’s favourite domain she’s probably got every nook and cranny earmarked… Shop smart and nail her Mother’s Day present by introducing her to Ashridge Nurseries: a gift voucher will suit mums who to make up their own minds. Will it be an ivy climber that takes her fancy, an olive tree or a gooseberry bush? Let her decide!
A day out at RHS location
The Royal Horticultural Society has almost 900 beautiful gardens open to visitors throughout the year, so how about planning a day trip to one with your mum? RHS Rosemore won Gold at the 2015 Visit Devon awards, and with holly trails and gardening workshops, it’s bound to be a hit with green-fingered mums! Or, if you can afford something a little more expensive, consider buying her a RHS membership. An annual membership will earn her free garden visits across the country, discounted show tickets, a monthly magazine and personalised advice.
The Chelsea Flower Show is also another good option to get tickets for – my mum, her sisters and my grandma went there a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it.
Kokedama garden experience
Kokedama translates as ‘moss ball’ and is a Japanese gardening process that’s becoming increasingly popular in the west. You can book your nature-loving mum onto a Kokedama day course which will teach her how to shape and manipulate moss balls into works of art, bringing a piece of her garden to the heart of her home. Similarly, mums who are partial to a bit of contemporary design might like trying their hand at terrarium planters like this indoor greenhouse (okay, so maybe I’m a little obsessed with terrariums too!).
Gardeners’ hand cream
I’d recommend a manicure, but mums who love to garden know it’s a gift that will quickly spoil… avid gardeners pass the day with their hands submerged in soil, twisting and pulling and wrestling with weeds – so I doubt she’ll consider an afternoon in the salon chair time well spent! Why not give her hands some practical TLC instead? Crabtree and Evelyn’s Gardener’s Hand Therapy is an intensive formula designed to moisturise and repair rough, cracked skin, and even smells every bit as delicious as her garden does… lavender, sage, rosemary and thyme is packed into a tube small enough to fit in her jean pocket and ought to tick the box this Mother’s Day.
Personalised gauntlet gardening gloves
Finally, why not treat your mum to something a bit more decadent? I’d opt for a personalised pair of gardening gloves like the ones sold by The Little Boys Room. A pair of the luxury leather and suede-cuffed variety will be a welcome addition to her gardening toolkit, and better yet, no-one will be able to get away with pinching them!