Gardeners are notoriously picky about their instruments of trade. Not only do they toil at the land, but they also create works of art in their hedgerows and flowerbeds. A gardener's purpose is to bring about and sustain life by getting to know what their plants need. It follows suit that the gardener's tools fit their purposes, to help them create, maintain and adjust their gardens as they see fit.
Only after our first winter at the Northern Willow household, we started to get a grip on our garden, lay our first ground cover, and planted our first seeds. We intended to be as self-sustaining as possible. With this new self-sustaining lifestyle, we gradually started to understand our tools to best match our little cove of the Yorkshire landscape.
But what tools did we find most useful, and what did we find on our first adventure into the world of horticulture?
Here's a list of our favourite gift ideas for any gardener of any skill set, age or experience. We found them to completely change our indoor and outdoor plants, and we think you’d love them too. These include;
Read on to discover 10 really useful gift ideas for the gardeners in your life…
What Is A Good Gift For A Gardener?
What To Put in a Gardening Gift Basket?
Gardening Gift Ideas With Northern Willow.
What Is A Good Gift For A Gardener?
Many gardeners want to spend more time improving their garden to enjoy with the grandkids or loved ones whenever they can. Introducing wildlife, new creepy crawlies and wildflowers into their garden to help diversify their outdoor space. Our parents love gardening and we are constantly celebrating with them in their garden, so we thought we’d pass on a few of their favourites on to you.
Since then, we have been on a back-and-forth, gifting little items that are local to us, to bring about every wonder of the modern British countryside into each others’ gardens.
Bee Gift Set for Gardeners | Hexagon Bee House
By Wuddle - £30.95
This lovely beginners pack is perfect for anyone wanting to encourage bees to frequent their garden, pollinate their flowers and live healthily for future generations.
This gift pack includes:
- One Handmade Wooden Bee Hexagonal Hotel.
- A Seed Ball Tin Filled With Native Wildflower Seeds.
- Fixings To Attach To A Tree.
- Gift Wrap As Standard.
Adding little nooks to your garden is a great way to add wandering bees into your ecosystem. We added 2 Wuddls near our wildflowers to help them pollinate and further populate our flower beds.
Bramley Gardener's Greenhouse Beauty Set
By John Lewis - £39
This comely little gift set from John Lewis is great as a treat for any gardener who has earned a well-deserved soak after a day in the garden. With this set you get from Bramley:
- Hand Wash 100ml.
- Hand Cream 100ml.
- Bubble Bath 100ml.
- Body Wash 100ml.
- Body Lotion 100ml.
- A Pack Of Wildflower Seeds.
Wild Flowers are a wonderful addition to any garden as bees love them. We’ve listed this product as we got ours from John Lewis, but you can also see more of the Bramley range through their website Bramley Products.
Barbeque Tool Basket Set
By Northern Willow - £59
What garden is complete without a barbecue? We couldn’t think of a better way of celebrating the 4 annual days of the UK sun without getting family and friends around to burn a few sausages!
Keeping your utensils in one place is key to efficiency when BBQing because there's nothing worse than missing the sunny periods trying to remember where you put those metal tongues back in 2017.
This set comes complete with:
- A Stainless Steel Fork.
- A Stainless Steel Set Of Tongs.
- A Basting Brush.
- A Stainless Steel Spatula.
- A Full Antique-Wash Willow And Faux Tan Leather Straps.
Mr Muck Organic Compost
By Mr Muck - £19.95
Mr Muck is a garden supplies business whose expertise in muck ranges over 3 generations. Originally based in Doncaster, this company provides top-quality manure, compost and soil improvers to your door.
As our parents aged, we wanted to make sure that they would have everything they wanted to help them enjoy their gardens without too much heavy lifting. This is where Mr Muck stepped in. They claim to deliver to every part of mainland Britain and can supply up to 2000 bags! Not bad, eh?
Grow Your Own Mushrooms Kit
By Fungi Futures - £22.95
Growing your own mushrooms is so 2023. This little kit will provide the spores to grow pearl oyster mushrooms at home in a bed of used coffee grounds. Ours took a little shorter than the 14 days recommended on the box, which was handy. Of course, these mushrooms are totally edible, so have a recipe prepared. Our recipe was a riff on Kenji Lopez Alt's Simple Mushroom Soup, which we’ve linked below. Fungi really are the future!
A Trug From Northern Willow
By Northern Willow - £16 - £42
Trugs are what got us interested in wicker’s use in gardens originally. Perfectly handy, lightweight and durable, they are just such a cool way to collect homegrown vegetables and fruit. The people in your life, whatever their involvement in gardening, will surely love a trug in their routine. We not only love a trug for moving and storing garden items, but they also make for a great centrepiece for displays. You can even use them to make top-notch gift-wrapped hampers too!
Check out our dedicated piece on gift-wrapped hampers here!
For many more styles of trug, have a nosey through our dedicated trug page. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, materials and washes.
Grow Your Own Prosecco-Style Wine Kit
By The Gluttonous Gardener - £38
After a long weekend in Barcelona in 2016, we swore off Prosecco for life. We were now Cava drinkers, and everything had to be served Tapas Style from little terracotta ramekins. Our neighbours, after we carefully explained our new love for everything Catalan, got us this for our greenhouse as a bit of a joke.
A few seasons of growth later and we had a perfectly quaffable, effervescent wine! We now have a few good anecdotes and the vine is still standing to this day!
If you're wanting to gift this bottle or any bottle of wine for that matter, check out our piece on Gifting Wine for some top tips!
Shout-out to The Gluttonous Gardener, their gift range is packaged perfectly and they were accommodating when we ordered the Red Wine Vine for our wine connoisseur colleague of ours!
Oak Effect Planter with Heart Cut-Out
By Northern Willow - £16
Our lovely little planter is made from an oak-effect, solid wooden base. Suitable for indoor or outdoor use, this planer is great for adding a touch of love to your plants, whilst offering a practical solution at the same time.
We have a few planters available throughout our range, such as this antique-washed version, which is slightly smaller than the one listed above.
Either sitting on a table inside, attached to a wall or finding itself useful in a greenhouse, we think you’ll love these planters as they are beautifully made and will last a lifetime.
Biscuit The Hedgehog Brushwood House with Food Bowls
By Garden Selections - £26.99
We’ve found this little house for hedgehogs sturdy, decent in size and in-fitting with our current garden ware in general. Not only is this cosy little house perfect for a quick stop-off point for our spikey chums, but it also offers them a place to hibernate, too!
This piece comes with 2 ceramic food bowls, making this an even more inviting little spot for hedgehogs and other small critters to hunker down in.
With us owning cats, we haven’t used this burrow in our current home, however former neighbour and friend George Smallwood, winner of the UK’s Shed of The Year 2018 got great usage out of his, 7 years after purchase.
Antique Wash Deluxe Garden Tool Basket
By Northern Willow - £40 - £79
These expertly crafted sets of useful garden tools are available in sizes Small, Large or as a pair of both.
- A Garden Trowel.
- A Trident.
- 25 Metres Of Jute Twine.
- A Garden Dibber.
- A Set Of Wooden Markers.
The dimensions for each are:
- Small: 270mm x 140mm x 100/280mm, (340mm with handle)
- Large: 360mm x 230mm x 110/350mm, (430mm with handle)
Ideal for a set of 2 gardeners, these baskets are perfect for easy gifting for a horticulturist of any level.
What To Put in a Gardening Gift Basket
If you are putting together a gift basket for a loved one, look no further than Northern Willow. We’ve put together a few gift baskets in our time, it's a big part of running a wicker company!
With gift baskets, it's better to choose smaller, more personal items to pop into a basket, rather than anything too substantial. We find it best to add auxiliary presents for a hobby (think golf balls and golf tees, or alcohol paired with liqueurs) to a gift basket, as these are an affordable way to give something impactful and memorable.
For someone who loves gardening, wicker hampers, trugs and shoppers are a great way to package many smaller items into a rustic and genuine more significant gift.
We think that some smaller gifts to include for a gardener might include:
- Local wildflower seeds.
- Vegetable seeds, making sure to pick the right month to sow.
- Gardening jute to help keep things in line.
- Wooden dobbers for planting things at the right depth.
- Tools such as a gardening fork or trowel.
- Wooden garden markers for identifying what has been planted.
Check out our dedicated blog on How To Make A Gift Basket for Northern Willow’s gardening gift packaging tips.
Gardening Gift Ideas With Northern Willow
At Northern Willow, we are keen on making sure our gardening exploits are fully sustainable. We avoid plastics where we can, which wicker, wood, seagrass or rattan are great for as they are fully natural materials and therefore don’t contribute to microplastics reaching the water table.
Our all-natural approach is perfect for every generation and leads to a beautiful, organic garden. If you want more tips on keeping your garden sustainable now and for years to come, we created a detailed blog post on How To Build A Sustainable Garden in 2022.
Make sure to check back with us here every few weeks to see how your use of wicker and a sustainable approach to gardening can improve not only your lifestyle but the gifts you give, too.
What is a good gift for someone who loves gardening? ›
- An all-purpose wonder tool. I have written at length about the usefulness of a hori hori. ...
- A sickle for precise weeding. ...
- A really nice pair of gloves. ...
- An indoor composting kit. ...
- A not-annoying hose. ...
- An iconic piece of workwear. ...
- A practical apron. ...
- A practical hand-held whisk broom.
According to research, getting your hands in the soil and contact with a specific soil bacteria called Mycobacterium Vaccae triggers the release of serotonin in our brain. Serotonin is a natural anti-depressant and also strengthens the immune system. It is the Lack of serotonin in the brain causes depression.What can I make for a gardener? ›
- Pressed Flower Gifts. Pressed Flower Frames. Pressed Flower Bookmarks.
- A Gift Of Christmas Bulbs. Pots of Forced Bulbs. ...
- Old Sweatshirt Garden Gloves.
- DIY Garden Kneeling Pad.
- Gardeners Soap.
- Upcycled Planter Baskets.
- Upcycled Windchimes.
- Teacup Planter Pots. Easy Teacup Succulents.
Gardener responsibilities include monitoring the health of all plants and greenscapes, watering and feeding plants, trimming trees and shrubs, fertilizing and mowing lawns, weeding gardens and keeping green spaces and walkways clear of debris and litter.What is a gardener's best friend? ›
Earthworms: Gardeners' Best Friends
In simple words, earthworms break down old plant material into fertile composts. But it doesn't stop there. They also help to increase soil porosity and allow oxygen into the roots. Let's explore why earthworms are a gardener's best friends.
- 1) Adaptability. In an ever-changing and fast-paced world, adaptability is a vital talent for children to have and develop. ...
- 2) Perseverance. ...
- 3) Honesty. ...
- 4) Enthusiasm. ...
- 5) Inquisitiveness. ...
- 6) Teamwork. ...
- 7) Entrepreneurship.
People those who are gardener at heart, they possess lots of great virtues. They are a unique blend of patience, vision, creativity, wisdom and kindness. And, their never ending propensity to love is surely among those qualities.What is the personality of person who loves gardening? ›
Gardeners possess a unique combination of traits. They appreciate the unpredictability of mother nature and the ambition to grow plants that may or may not make it to maturity. If the plants survive, gardeners are kindheartedly generous and will proudly share their bounty with others.Why gardening is good for mental health? ›
It's been shown to lighten mood and lower levels of stress and anxiety. It's very gratifying to plant, tend, harvest and share your own food. Routines provide structure to our day and are linked to improved mental health. Gardening routines, like watering and weeding, can create a soothing rhythm to ease stress.What things did the gardener need? ›
- Hand Trowel. ...
- Hand Fork or Cultivator. ...
- Long-Handled Shovels and Spades. ...
- Garden Rake. ...
- Hand Pruners or Pruning Shears. ...
- Wheelbarrow. ...
- Watering Can. ...
- Garden Fork.
Can you make good money as a gardener? ›
But is gardening profitable? Gardening can, in fact, be very profitable but requires a lot of time and energy. On the other hand, garden money-making can consist of simply earning a little pocket change to spend on new gardening tools or something else you enjoy.What are the two things which the gardener does not like to do? ›
Answer: Two things which the gardener does not like to do are: He does not like to talk and does not like to be spoken to.How can I be an amazing gardener? ›
- Take classes. ...
- Read good gardening books. ...
- Improve your soil. ...
- Pay attention. ...
- Go on garden tours. ...
- Learn to plant seeds. ...
- Learn how to divide perennials. ...
- Take chances.
For the most part, yes. Even if you love gardening, hiring a professional gardener can save you money and time down the line. A gardener can help you pick the right plants for your soil and lawn layout. Purchasing quality plants can be expensive over time and they can guide you in making the best choices.What do you call a female gardener? ›
Did you know that a female gardener is called a Gardenerette. Or a Gardengal.What is one word for gardener? ›
On this page you'll find 12 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to gardener, such as: grower, horticulturist, caretaker, greenskeeper, landscaper, and nurseryman.Who is the most famous gardener? ›
- Capability Brown. Any list of noted historical horticulturalists has to begin with Lancelot 'Capability' Brown. ...
- Gertrude Jekyll. ...
- Humphry Repton. ...
- Fanny Wilkinson. ...
- William Kent. ...
- Charles Darwin.
The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. While some Christans accept these as a definitive list of specific attributes, others understand them merely as examples of the Holy Spirit's work through the faithful.What is a perfect gift? ›
The word perfect means complete or lacking in nothing. That is not to say a perfect gift provides everything a person can ever need, but rather it fully accomplishes what the giver intends.What is nature most important gift? ›
Trees – The most precious gift of nature.
What is a powerful quote about gardening? ›
- Gardening is more than just a hobby; it's a lifestyle. ...
- “A garden is a grand teacher. ...
- — Gertrude Jekyll, British Horticulturist.
- “The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway.”
- — Michael Pollan, American Author and Food and Plants Expert.
Inspirational garden quotes
“Garden as though you will live forever.” – William Kent. “The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.” – Gertrude Jekyll. “I always see gardening as escape, as peace really. If you are angry or troubled, nothing provides the same solace as nurturing the soil.” – Monty Don.
Noun. anthophile (plural anthophiles)What is a gardener in a relationship? ›
The flower-gardener idea, which we first heard in the movie “I, Tonya,” states that in every relationship, there is a gardener, someone who is selfless, supportive, and nurturing, and a flower, someone who soaks up all the gardener's efforts in order to bloom and be fabulous.What is intelligent gardening? ›
A vegetable or herb garden that is controlled by computer. Although farming and gardening have been enhanced with computers and electronic devices for decades, the smart garden often refers to small, indoor units that by various means determine when to alert the user to add nutrients.Is gardening a form of therapy? ›
Horticultural therapy is a time-proven practice. The therapeutic benefits of garden environments have been documented since ancient times.Is gardening good for anxiety? ›
Plants were a part of survival through food and shelter, but they also were spiritually and mentally beneficial. When we tap into this urge to connect with nature, it can help soothe modern anxieties. Gardening has been shown to have a positive impact on mood and brain chemistry.Is gardening good for the brain? ›
Gardening is related to better brain function and to improved concentration and memory. Some studies have found that it can even reduce the risk of Alzheimer's and dementia.What are the 15 items in the garden? ›
Answer: The correct answer to this question is grass, Bench, Road, Fountain, Trees, Bushes, Birds, Shops, Swing, See-Saw, Slides, People, Stone, Rocks, and Flowers.What's the most important thing in gardening? ›
Soil: The most important aspect of gardening.
What is the first thing that a gardener puts in the garden? ›
The first thing a gardener should do is prepare the soil. That usually begins with adding healthy, biologically active compost. If you don't have access to that, learn how to make it. Or you can just add organic mulch materials such as fallen leaves, wood chips, rotted manure, etc.What is the gardening rule of 3? ›
Here's a piece of often-repeated advice for planting perennials: Always plant in odd numbers, in groups of at least three. But there are times when you can't follow this rule. Here's a piece of often-repeated advice for planting perennials: Always plant in odd numbers, in groups of at least three. This is good advice.What's the hardest part of gardening? ›
As we mentioned, the hardest part of gardening is planting the garden in the first place. So the less planting you need to do, the easier keeping up with your garden will be. Perennials — plants that survive winter and grow back each spring — are the best option for a low-maintenance garden.
Start With Cool Weather Plants First
Plant cooler weather vegetables first, such as broccoli, cabbages, onions, lettuce, spinach, carrots and beets. These crops will fare well in the cooler spring weather but growth rapidly deteriorates as it gets warmer.
When the world's super rich shop for a lavish garden to frame their sprawling estates, they call Belgian master-landscaper François Goffinet.What is the highest gardener salary? ›
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- Bamboo. Landscapers and homeowners are paying as much as $150 each for potted bamboo plants, and many growers are finding it hard to keep up with the demand. ...
- Flowers. ...
- Ginseng. ...
- Ground Covers. ...
- Herbs. ...
- Landscaping Trees and Shrubs. ...
- Mushrooms. ...
- Ornamental Grasses.
Snails and slugs love gardens and will wreak havoc on your plants.What is the most surprising thing about the garden answer? ›
- A sunflower is not just one flower. ...
- There are more microorganisms in one teaspoon of soil than there are people on earth. ...
- Plants really do respond to sound. ...
- Butterflies might be more attracted to your weeds than your flowers.
Good soil is the key to a successful garden.
Plants depend on the soil for nutrients, stability, and drainage. To grow your best garden, start with well-drained, sandy loam and add as much organic matter as possible.
What month should you start a garden? ›
The best time to start your vegetable garden is six to eight weeks before the last frost around springtime. Start seeds indoors, then transplant seedlings outside about two weeks after the last frost. Usually, the best time to start seeds outdoors is around late March to May, unless you live in a warmer area.How do I make my backyard garden successful? ›
- CHOOSE THE PERFECT LOCATION. When choosing a place for your garden to grow, conduct as much research as possible before committing to a plot and tilling up the ground. ...
- KNOW WHEN TO TILL. ...
- USE COMPOST OR GARDEN MIX. ...
- SPACE SEEDS AND PLANTS EVENLY. ...
- WATER PROPERLY AND CONSISTENTLY.
Professional gardeners charge between $90 to $100 per hour for weeding and/or spraying. The average weeding cost for a garden is between $60 and $120. A small garden may only cost about $30 in total. For neglected gardens with deep-rooted and tall weeds, the fee will likely end up being on the higher end of the scale.Why do gardeners live longer? ›
Gardening not only provides a constant supply of fresh vegetables but it can also reduce stress and increase vitamin D exposure from the sun. Gardening also offers a sense of accomplishment and purpose as well as social interaction, another important key to longevity.What is someone who cares for plants? ›
horticulturist. noun. hor·ti·cul·tur·ist.What are words to describe someone who loves gardening? ›
- farm expert.
- Marimo Moss Ball. This aquatic algae can survive in essentially any level of light or environment with little to no maintenance, crowning them the perfect gift. ...
- Calathea Beauty Star. ...
- Ficus Tineke. ...
- Fiddle Leaf Fig. ...
- Monstera Deliciosa. ...
- Pilea Peperomioides.
Results of another study showed that gardening increased life satisfaction, vigor, psychological wellbeing, and cognitive function. Further research on gardening found it improved life satisfaction and mood. Digging in the dirt really does lift your spirits.What is a fancy word for gardening? ›
On this page you'll find 13 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to gardening, such as: cultivation, landscaping, planting, floriculture, growing, and tillage.Who is the most famous female gardener? ›
- Norah Lindsay (1873–1948) Norah Lindsay was the preeminent society garden designer of the interwar years, yet she may have been remembered foremost as a socialite, had her marriage not collapsed in 1924. ...
- Edith, Lady Londonderry (1878–1959) ...
- Vita Sackville-West (1892–1962)
What words relate to garden? ›
- back yard.
Gardening is an activity that's good for both the mind and body, and can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Plus, you get to eat the delicious fruits, vegetables and herbs that you grow.What is the luckiest plant? ›
Some of the luckiest plants to keep at home are the Jade Plant, Holy Basil or Tulsi, Citrus Tree and Money Tree or Pachira Aquatica. Other popular plants regarded among the luckiest plants are Peace Lily, Snake Plant, Rubber Plant, Lavender, Blue Singapore Orchid, Eucalyptus, and Desert Rose.What plants mean blessing? ›
Cornflower. This dainty blue bloom holds a special meaning, blessing.