Go traditional or a bit potty for your garden-loving dad’s special present
It’s Father’s Day on Sunday, June 21 and with so many people turning to gardening during the coronavirus crisis, I’ll bet demand will be high on the traditional online stores and in gardening centres.
It falls at an odd time for gardeners – virtually everything is in and growing, so a good bet is a bit of kit to make life easier, a novelty or pot, or tools.
Do bear in mind postage is taking a bit longer than usual plus companies that are open have to observe social distancing rules.
Here are some gifts that caught my eye – for more ideas, visit my previous posts on Christmas presents – most will still be available.
What man doesn’t long for a man cave? Forest Garden’s new range of Overlap Sheds have panels that are the same size, so you can choose where to position the windows and which side to hang the door. Solid timber floors are standard and there is a size to suit everyone, from 4′ x 3′ at £199.99.
This Composter has a slatted design and a 400L capacity. The softwood has been pressure treated to protect it against rot and fungal decay for 15 years. Delivered flat packed, £53.99.
The Mini Greenhouse has two lids and double doors and the tongue and groove construction gives a watertight exterior. The timber is pressure treated to give a 15-year guarantee. Measures 144(h) x 120(w) x 62(d)cm, £274.99
This Bed Builder Pack comes with a 15-year anti-rot guarantee and holds about 380l of compost. Size 21(h) x 204(w) x 104(d)cm, £83.99.
Relax in an Adirondack garden chair, £119 with matching Saratoga Footstool, £49.99). For more information, visit www.forestgarden.co.uk.
The Urban Botanist
The DIY Cactus House Terrarium comes complete with three sets of gravel, pebbles, a cactus and a glasshouse terrarium with black soldering, great for dad and kids to create together. Complete this gift with a personalised message, price £64.95.
This stunning Large Men’s Head Planter with Sansevieria is made of concrete, available in black, gold and grey. It can be personalised with a handmade wooden post, engraved with your message. Dimensions wide x 50cm tall (including plant), price £109.95, www.theurbanbotanist.co.uk.
Make a feature of your dad’s bookshelves with these Suck UK Planter Bookends featuring a classic terracotta plant pot, split in half to create two novelty bookends. Complete with two metal L-shaped plates to discreetly keep the pots steady, price £15.
Looking to give your dad’s garden some sixties style? Try this Red Campervan Planter! Made of high-quality ceramic, suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Dimensions: 15cm x 38cm x 18cm, price £18.
If your father’s a fan of Del-Boy, buy him this ceramic Robin Reliant Planter, (main image) for indoor and outdoor use, size: 13cm x 31cm x 15cm, price £24, www.redcandy.co.uk.
The Contemporary Home
White Wood Dad’s Garden Plaque Decoration, size 30cm x 10cm x 0.9cm by Gisela Graham, price £6. Find stockists on www.giselagraham.co.uk or order on www.tch.net.
The Bee Friendly Wildflower Seeds is a traditional seed mix selected to attract bees and butterflies. Direct from mother and daughter beekeepers in Oxfordshire making natural skincare products with beeswax, blended with sustainably sourced natural plant oils. Price £2.99, www.nevesbees.co.uk.
If your dad’s a Game of Thrones fan, what better than buying him a Game Of Gnomes gnome? Price £14.99.
This Personalised Garden Bug House is the perfect gift for the dad who loves nature. A brilliant way of inviting butterflies, bees and other insects into your garden. In green, finish it off with your dad’s name. Price £29.99, www.prezzybox.com.
The Finch Gift Box is the perfect present for a bird lover. It contains a bag of Goldfinch seed blend, a bag of Chaffinch seed blend, a bird feeder and seed scoop. A 50p donation from every box sold goes to various wildlife charities. Price £22, www.boxwild.com.
If your dad’s a left-hander, he’ll appreciate these Left-Handed Secateurs, endorsed by the RHS, with a fully hardened and tempered, high carbon steel blade and robust alloy handles. Cuts up to 2.5cm diameter. Price £19.95.
Or buy him a Compost Scoop, designed by Sophie Conran, enabling you to shovel just the right amount of compost into your pots without any mess. It has a waxed FSC Beechwood handle, brass ferrule and a stainless steel head. Price £19.50.
For really keen gardeners, this Secateur Multi-Tool is an ingenious one-piece tool with 7 different functions including secateurs, root remover, knife, saw, screwdriver, bottle opener and easy weeding utensil, each one folding inside its wooden handles. Finished in titanium with smart brass fixings. Price: £24.95, www.annabeljames.co.uk.
Farrar & Tanner
The Mira Trowel is a long, narrow-headed tool handcrafted in Austria by expert coppersmiths at PKS Bronze. The Mira’s compact shape makes it perfect for container gardening, bulb planting and removing deep-rooted weeds. Price £55.
These Burgon & Ball Dig The Glove Gardening Gloves are crafted from soft, yet hard-wearing denim. Extra padding throughout the palm enhances comfort when using tools. Price £16, www.farrar-tanner.co.uk.
Every garden needs a reliable 10L Galvanised Watering Can, perfect for large-scale flowerbeds and herb gardens. Price £40, www.gardentrading.co.uk.
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Albert & Moo
The Frida Hanging Plant Pot is a must for all Kahlo fans, measuring 9cm x 12cm and is hung from twine. Price £9.
And the Black Grooved Leggy Plant Pot is more understated yet striking, measuring 13cm x 12cm including the legs. Price £11, www.albertandmoo.com.
An ideal gift for a dog lover, this Dachshund Planter is finished in magnesium oxide, price £95, www.ellajames.co.uk.
A lovely and handy Fork and Trowel in Gift Box from Dobbies Garden Centres, price £24.99, www.dobbies.com.