Finding suitable gifts for serious gardeners is not always as easy as more general gardening gifts available. Most of the time serious gardeners have received the same gardening gift boxes and hand tool sets over and over again.
Not only are these the first suggestions found by algorithms across the internet these gifts are usually low quality and not much use to a serious gardener. Another issue with selecting gifts for serious gardeners is they usually have everything that you would think of for giving them a gift.
Gardening tools and books are something the serious gardener already has and in plentiful supply. However this is no reason to despair! Serious gardeners still love to receive gardening gifts and are always prepared to try new things.
Also it is fair to say that serious gardeners usually get through quite a few gardening gadgets and tools every year which always need replacing. Serious gardeners usually have a few obsessive interests within their gardening hobby.
Some love to grow bulbs, some specialise in vegetable growing. All these gardening specialism’s can lead to great gifts for serious gardeners whatever the weather is doing!
Kitchen herb grower
Gardeners are always keen to get outside and enjoy nature. The problem is the weather simply does not always allow gardeners to be outside all the time.
This is why when seeking gifts or serious gardeners a present that can be enjoyed all year round is a very good thing! During the long dark days of winter gardeners miss watching young plants sprout and grow.
This no longer needs to be the case with this kitchen hydroponic herb grower. It comes complete with warm UV glow lights allowing the gardener in your life to grow fresh herbs all year round. Just plug it in and away you go.
Mobile potting bench
One thing gardeners love is to do is propagate new plants. This can be done by germinating seeds, taking cuttings or potting up new plants. This work can be timely and require skill to do correctly ensuring healthy happy plants.
Being such a labour of love, potting up requires a special area where serious gardeners can sit down, relax and concentrate. Being very resourceful many gardeners choose to do this activity on the floor or patio.
This can be hard on the knees and generally uncomfortable. If your friends are serious gardeners this mobile potting bench can change the way they grow young plants forever!
Down to earth gardening knowledge
Serious gardeners usually have much knowledge on a variety of gardening disciplines but are always open to learning new things. Gardening is something which is mastered through years of trial, error and experimentation.
It is often said that even the most experienced of gardeners will never completely know everything about gardening; it is simply such a substantial subject with complex variables. This is what makes gardening so challenging and enjoyable.
When searching for effective gifts for serious gardeners books can be a great be just the thing for a showery afternoon. Down to earth is a satisfying read with great tips from experienced expert Monty Don.
Secateurs gift set
A discipline which many novis gardeners struggle with is pruning. Pruning whether it is for trees, shrubs, fruit or flowers can vary hugely depending on the time of year and species desired to prune.
There are many tools associated with pruning such as loppers, hedge trimmers and shears but for detailed pruning projects secateurs are the advanced option.
Secateurs allow the gardener to get up close and personal with the plants they are working with weather its seasonal pruning or taking cuttings. This secateurs gift set will enable your friends who are serious about gardening to get seasonal pruning done with ease.
Spear and Jackson garden shears
One of the things that keep gardeners captivated with their hobby is working with natural living materials on a regular basis. Not only is this exciting it is also known to be good for mental health.
This may go some way to explain why gardeners seem so happy but there is no doubt gardening can also be extremely challenging. In summer time lawns, plants and shrubs grow at an amazing rate making it a challenge to keep up with maintenance demands.
These Spear and Jackson shears will power through the most challenging of vegetation and built to last the test of time!
Most serious gardeners have multiple gardening projects on all the time fuelling their lust for horticultural experimentation. Sometimes enthusiasm and rush of the growing season can abruptly end with bump in autumn.
The first frosts kill off tender bedding plants and most trees and shrubs lose their leaves. Late winter and early spring can be a depressing and non eventful time of year.
If you are looking for the perfect gift to help your serious gardening friends there is simply no better way that a small polytunnel. This polytunnel will allow gardeners to start plants off earlier in the spring time and protect from frosts until much later in the year.
In fact some vegetable growers are still harvesting chillies all the up to Christmas with the use of polytonal.
Hillier’s manual of trees and shrubs
Serious gardeners like to push their horticultural pursuits to the limits by expanding their knowledge and experimenting with various planting types. Knowing what to plant for all year round interest and seasonal succession requires skill and experience.
Whether a gardener is trying to add some additional foliage to the garden or creating a planting design masterpiece a professional manual can help.
The Hillier’s manual of trees and shrubs is a large body of information on all garden trees and shrubs including preferred soil types and conditions. This book is a standard reference within the landscape industry making it the perfect gift for serious gardeners.
Cut resistant gloves
Gardening is not all cutting fresh flowers and germinating seeds there are many more laborious and hazardous tasks that also require much attention.
Very often there are larger projects which need to be undertaking such as clearing out larger areas of vegetation and small landscaping projects. A gardener is always improving and developing their plot.
This can require some heavy construction work every now and then. When lifting, digging and clearing gardeners hands are exposed to multiple threats including thorns, sharp stones and concrete.
These cut resistant gloves will protect your gardening friend’s hands from such hazards making them a fantastic gift for those special occasions.
Vertical wall planter about gardening
People that are passionate about gardening will often end up filling every possible piece of space available. Before long garden borders will be full of plants and patios littered with pots.
Eventually every last piece of available space has been taken and the gardener has to come up with more extraordinary ways to add more plants to the garden.
This green wall planter can be the perfect way to make use of garden walls and vertical surfaces. It can be used screen bad views and add interest to dull and boring parts of the garden.
Its multiple planting pockets means you can create bold blocks of colour and texture anywhere you choose. It makes the perfect gift for serious gardeners who are longing to try something new.
Gardening knee pads
Gardening is great exercise and allows its participants to get out in the fresh air. This means gardening is generally good for our health but there are also some physical hazards.
One of the most hazardous parts of gardening is regular kneeling. This can take its toll on the knees with a combination of strain and cold surfaces increasing the chance of injury.
Garden kneelers are one of the ways for a gardener to protect their knees when working on garden projects. These can be cumbersome and awkward however when moving across multiple areas.
This makes these gardening knee pads the perfect gift for serious gardeners. These pads go everywhere the gardener does and will protect their knees without any continuous effort at all.
When searching for gifts for serious gardeners it is effective to try to revolutionise the way they garden for the better.
Sometimes gardeners can become rather set in their ways and miss they benefits of some new gardening gadgets. Weeding is an age old pet hate for many gardeners.
Weeds have the ability to take hold in the smallest of gaps and are sure to always return no matter how many times you get rid of them. This thermal garden weeder is a cool garden gadget that can change all of this.
It blasts weeds with a pulse of extremely hot temperatures. This kills the weed right down to the roots. No more bending down, kneeling or digging on your hands and knees. Just plug it in and away you go!
Digital soil tester
If there is one thing serious gardener’s work hard to develop it is their soil. Soil is made up of millions of particles containing weathered rock, organic matter and microorganisms.
Soil can take millions of years to form and is a living breathing entity in its own right. Most gardeners realise how important healthy soil is for the growing of robust, healthy plants. Good soil will retain moisture and nutrients without becoming compacted or too acid or too alkali.
Even though soil is so important for successful gardening very few actually know what their soils acidity level is on the PH scale. This can be the difference between struggling plants and thriving ones.
Hence this digital soil tester will give your gardening mates everything they need to know at the push of a button.
Gardening tool set
It never ceases to amaze most people just how many tools a gardener needs to work effectively.
From working the soil to planting seeds to clearing out areas of vegetation gardeners use more tools than any other pass time. One of the things about having such an outdoors type of hobby is tools regularly get weathered and broken.
When looking for great gifts for serious gardeners new tools certainly are always welcome! This small and compact gardening hand tool set is compact and light enough to travel wherever the gardener ventures.
It has all of the essential gardening tools and more neatly positioned in a sealed unit keeping the tools dry and free of rust.
Cupboard cold frame
One of the biggest threats a gardener can face is unpredictable cold snaps and frosts. These can come early or later in the growing season killing young plants before they have a chance to establish. Mini greenhouses and cold frames can prevent this from happening providing a stable, warm environment to thrive.
Cold frames can be used for either germination or hardening off young plants. This is a process many serious gardeners are very familiar with and space under cover is always at a premium.
This makes this cupboard cold frame a fantastic gift at any time of the gardening calendar. It can be stood against a warm wall or act as a protected zone within a larger greenhouse or polytunnel.
Gardening tool belt
Sometimes it seems gardeners get completely lost in what they are doing. It is typical for a gardener to start working on one project only to be distracted by something completely different that catches their attention.
Gardeners are always starting a new project or finding new things to do to keep their garden in check.
This spontaneous gardening approach is one that services the exciting and unpredictable side of gardening. It is vital therefore that dedicated gardeners have everything to hand so gardening jobs can be executed systematically.
This makes this gardening tool belt a great gift for serious gardeners who like to get things done.
Getting to grips with gardening for some can be a tricky business for some. Dealing with delicate living material is too intricate for some people.
Serious gardeners enjoy pushing the boundaries with plants generally enjoying the challenge of it all. One of the most challenging but enjoyable parts of gardening for gardeners is propagating.
Propagation typically involves producing new plants by germination or cuttings. Young plants need constant care and attention during this process preferably carried out in an electric propagator.
This propagator will keep young plants warm and happy even in the depths of winter. This makes it a productive gift for serious gardeners.
A great majority of gardeners end up with so many garden gadgets that it can be difficult managing space in the garage or shed.
This can make getting the gardening essentials like cutting the grass or pruning hedges even more of challenge. Serious gardeners are always looking to free up more storage space and carry out garden operations quickly and efficiently.
When seeking gifts for serious gardeners any tool which can tackle multiple projects is always a good thing. This petrol engine multi tool can strim, cut brush, trim hedges and even cut down tree branches.
With its multiple head attachments this is a serious garden gadget for serious gardening enthusiasts!
In years gone by gardeners have had a bit of a poor reputation when it comes to wildlife. Traditionally the general consensus has been the less wildlife, the less pests.
This has resulted in many gardens becoming very neat and tidy with little or no wildlife habitat. In more recent times gardeners have become much more ecologically aware trying to reduce the use of chemicals for pest’s attempting to restore natural balance.
This combined with the fact small mammals like hedgehogs have severely decreased in number in modern times. Hedgehogs are the gardener’s friend eating common pests like slugs and snails.
One of the best ways to encourage hedgehogs back into gardens is provide nesting opportunities. This hedgehog home will help your gardening friends encourage their very own pest control and who knows they may make a new friend!
Paul Nicolaides is a Landscape architect and garden builder with over 30 years experience in designing, building and maintaining gardens. Contemplating just how important garden space is for nature and recreation he created 'Cool Garden Gadgets' to explore the best gadgets for enhancing outside spaces. From outdoor dining ideas to the latest garden technology we break it down for you here.