Greenfingered gifts with a warm glow
Gardeners will love these thoughtful, wellmade presents safe in the knowledge they are helping a good cause, says Ruth Mason
As we are bombarded with ever more “stuff ” aimed at the gardener who has everything, it becomes increasingly appealing to many of us to shop around charities and other good causes for green-fingered gifts. There are many ways to go about this: the obvious route is to pick a charity and visit their online shop. As you can see from even the small selection here, many non-horticultural charities offer imaginative green gift ideas.
To take a less direct route, if you register at Amazon Smile, 0.5 per cent of each purchase price is donated to a charity of your choice.
Or to look at it another way: do you have a gardening friend who would prefer that you spent your money on the needy rather than a gift for themselves? You could
Sweet Syrie rose
send a gift of gardening equipment to a family overseas. For example, the Save the Children online shop offers a Gardening Pack, £29, which contains tools, fertiliser and seeds, to help a family support themselves. The same charity also offers four tree saplings for £12, that you can send in your own name or someone else’s.
The charity says: “This gift represents a donation to our hunger reduction work and could help provide a family with nutritious food.”
There are 10 charities represented on this page. Some, such as the Royal Horticultural Society and the National Trust, offer an enormous range of sophisticated garden-centric merchandise, but equally familiar names such as the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and Barnados include green-fingered gifts in their online offering. Happy shopping. An outstanding climbing rose, ‘Sweet Syrie’, £14.95, was named for Syrie Barnardo, wife of Thomas, to mark the 150th Anniversary of the charity. 0870 603 9090; shop.barnardos.org.uk
Trust the Royal National Lifeboat Institution to know a good hat. This cosy beanie, £28, has a cable knit outer with microfleece lining and is 100 per cent waterproof, windproof and breathable. 0300 300 9916; rnlishop.org.uk
Won’t Grow seed mix
The Wildlife Trusts benefit from sales of this energy rich “won’t grow” bird food, from £17 for 6kg, formulated to ensure seedlings won’t sprout under your feeding station and invade the garden.
Le Laboureur work coat
Great Dixter – first stop for style conscious gardeners – stocks this traditional French workers coat, £119.99, in 100 per cent wool. Get the Fergus look, with or without the borders.
Exquisite Creatures wall calendar
Butterfly Conservation will benefit if you buy this 2017 wall calendar, £10.99, featuring Christopher Marley’s jewel-like arrangements of insects in kaleidoscopic bug mandalas.
Flamingo watering can
020 8332 3123; shop.kew.org