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Visitors walking through the grounds of Fountains Abbey

Garden gifts: memberships and subscriptions for Christmas presents

We pick a selection of the best garden subscriptions and membership gifts that the gardener in your life will love this Christmas

Looking for the perfect gift for the gardener in your life? Or do you want the kids to get inspired by the natural world and getting their hands dirty? Below are a few subscriptions and things to get out and about to that will make perfect gifts for Christmas. Don’t miss our feature on gardening gifts for children and furniture garden gifts for Christmas too.


Don’t miss our super guide to the best gardening gifts for Christmas

Gardens Illustrated Magazine Subscription

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An absolutely necessary gift for the intrepid gardener, a year’s subscription to Gardens Illustrated will be absolutely worth you while. Yes, we’re biased, but we are confident that gardener in your life will love the mixture of beautiful photography, inspiring gardens, practical advice and plant expertise. Make sure they never miss a copy by getting it delivered direct to their door each month.

What’s more, in the lead up to Christmas there’s a particularly tantalising subscription offer of a 50 per cent saving on the shop price if you buy online. What’s not to like?

From £29.99
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Become an RHS member

Gardening gifts: RHS membership

The vital work the Royal Horticultural Society does throughout the UK is a huge part of the country’s world-beating reputation in horticulture and gardens. There are four RHS gardens, soon to be a fifth, alongside 218 RHS partner gardens, all of which have something unique and exciting to offer.As the world continues to change and understanding about nature, wildlife, the earth and growing becomes vital to all of us, the RHS stands as a place for experimentation, research and education.

From £48.75
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Hunting Brook Gardens

Hunting Brook Gardens
© Jason Ingram

There are, of course, a host of online courses and garden memberships you can gift to your gardening friend or loved one. So it’s difficult to choose, but we couldn’t not go for Jimi Blake’s Hunting Brook Garden membership. Hunting Brook a stunningly planted space, created and cared for by Jimi himself, which can be read in the excellent book A Beautiful Obsession. With one of Ireland’s largest collection of plants, Huntingbrook is also an excellent place to learn and Jimi also hosts plantsperson’s courses, which run throughout the year.

Membership: from € 80
Plantsperson course from € 900

National Trust membership

Visitors walking through the grounds of Fountains Abbey
© Chris Lacey

2020 was, to put it mildly, a tumultuous year. But one of the key things many people took away from the last few month was a greater appreciation of nature, open spaces, trees and greenery. What better way to continue the connection throughout 2021 than by investing in a membership for the National Trust, which does vital nature management work up and down the country and conserves historic, fascinating buildings and gardens for the country.

The charity, as with many charities, suffered during lockdown, having to content with decreased visitor numbers, so supporting the organisation goes some way to helping with that.


From £72 a year
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