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Gardening gifts from Historic Royal Palaces

Milly Green picnic blanket.
Milly Green picnic blanket. Picture; Historic Royal Palaces

Great ideas for Mother’s Day and Easter gifts

Need inspiration for Mother’s Day or Easter presents?

Here’s a first in a series of unusual gifts suitable for gardeners or lovers of the outdoors – today from The Historic Royal Palaces online shop.

There is a wide range of gifts for use in the warmer weather, whether picnic accessories, a garden revamp, new seeds or garden accessories.

If your mother’s not into the great outdoors, there are some pretty nifty copies of notable jewels worn by royalty through the ages.

The White Garden seed pack

A variety pack of seeds from four of the main varieties chosen for the White Garden planting scheme at Kensington Palace. Diana lived at Kensington Palace for 15 years and would often stop to talk to the gardeners about their work. The seeds included are Cosmos, Myosotis, Gypsophila and Grass, price £9.99.

Heritage seeds

More than 20 flowers, vegetable and herb seeds selected by the Head Gardener at Hampton Court Palace and presented in brown paper seed packets with botanical style artwork, price  £2.99 per packet.

Exclusive Milly Green  picnic blanket

Prepare for warmer days with a new picnic blanket and hamper.  This cotton and waterproof backed picnic blanket, designed by Milly Green, is decorated with iconic illustrations taken from the Hampton Court Palace gardens. Designed and made in the UK, this collection is inspired by the palace’s formal gardens and maze, price £35.

Willow  barrel picnic hamper for two

This traditional willow picnic basket hamper is ideal for open-air dining. The unusual barrel-shaped design features antique wash willow, cream faux leather detailing and a cotton lining and contains china crockery, stainless steel cutlery, and glasses, price £85.

Old Boot Cast Iron Boot  Scraper

This quirky boot scraper would look wonderful by any doorstep. Featuring a little cast iron boot design, this boot scraper is the ideal gift for a  gardener, price £14.99.

Rustic String Dispenser

This string dispenser with accompanying scissors features a little squirrel statuette, price £14.99.

Tudor Rose gardening gloves

Garden in style with these Tudor Rose gardening gloves, decorated with the traditional heraldic emblem of England. The Tudor Rose can be found on many historic buildings in England, the most notable being Anne Boleyn’s gateway at Hampton Court Palace, price £4.99 a pair.

Lace cut-out planters

New are these lace cut-out beige painted metal gardening containers.  The oval planter is the ideal size for two or three plants while the 10cm high ornamental watering can provide a pretty display for a single plant, prices £12.99 and £8.99.

Antique style herb planter

This new herb planter with its vintage distressed style has three nameplates for basil, oregano, and thyme, while the wire-decorated roof provides easy access for that all important finishing touch to your favourite dish, price £12.99.

For more information, visit www.historicroyalpalaces.com.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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