Last-minute Christmas gifts: gardening memberships and subscriptions
Looking for a Christmas gift for a gardener after the last Christmas post delivery date? We've got the best gardening membership and subscription gifts you can still buy and gift in time for Christmas
Looking for the perfect gift for the gardener in your life, but left it too late for delivery? Below are a selection of membership ideas and subscriptions that you can buy online that will make perfect gifts for Christmas, which you can send notification of by email or print out details last minute to add to a Christmas card.
An absolutely necessary gift for the intrepid gardener, a year’s subscription to Gardens Illustrated will make the perfect present and can be arranged up to the wire. 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, or choose a digital subscription so they can enjoy it online anytime. Check out our latest money off and subscription gift offers below.
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Become an RHS member
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. A membership offers free entry to five RHS gardens around the country, as well as more than 200 RHS partner gardens, all of which have something unique and exciting to offer; offers on tickets to the organisation's flower shows; and a yearly subscription to the membership magazine, The Garden; as well as unlimited expert gardening advice online and over the phone, regular tips emails and an online gardening coach.
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Garden Organic and Heritage Seed Library membership
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National Trust membership
One of the key things many people took away from the past two years was a greater appreciation of nature, open spaces, trees and greenery. What better way to continue the connection in the future 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 contend with decreased visitor numbers, so supporting the organisation goes some way to helping with that. There are host of options to choose from, including individual, joint, family and young person memberships, but most include free entry to over 500 places, free parking at most National Trust car parks, a National Trust Handbook, the National Trust Magazine three times a year, and access to an online Members’ Area.
From £72 a year
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The Newt in Somerset membership
To visit the beautifully cultivated gardens of The Newt hotel near Bruton in Somerset, you need to buy an annual membership - the perfect gift. This gives the recipient unlimited access to the gardens, woodland and deer park for 12 months, including the Walled Garden, Kitchen Garden and Fragrance Garden, as well as the restaurants and shops on site, free tours, free entry to national partner gardens Blenheim Palace, Chatsworth House and sister garden Babylonstoren in South Africa, a dedicated member's area of the website with virtual workshops, masterclasses and broadcasts, and exclusive member offers and treats.
£48 a year
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Garden Masterclass membership
Garden Masterclass is an education provider and portal that aims to bring together gardeners and designers with the very best and most innovative people in the gardening world through one-day workshops (mostly in Britain) and online webinars and workshop videos. Each one is organised around a specific topic, and designed to help participants learn, create and apply new knowledge and skills.
It is run by designer Annie Guilfoyle and plantsman and author Noel Kingsbury, who are now providing an annual membership called Friends of Garden Masterclass, offering a range of privileges for both their UK and growing global audience.
There are two levels - one for online and one for online and live events. Online membership entitles you to a discount of 10% on webinars; a discount of 20% on past webinars, available on Vimeo; free access to premium content from the most popular videos of the past year; discounts on goods from selected retailers including Niwaki tools, Filbert Books, Genus Gardenwear, Phaidon Garden books and Burgon and Ball tools; and the chance to participate in select online events. Online Plus membership adds to this with member-only events, such as workshops or special tutor-led events and garden tours, and early booking for selected live events.
From £24 a year
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HALF PRICE SALE- 13 issues for just £30*
Special offer to celebrate RHS Chelsea Flower Show! Get 13 issues of Gardens Illustrated magazine for just £30*- saving over 50%. Subscribe today and enjoy beautiful places, top planting ideas and expert advice for your garden. *Offer ends 1st July 2022. This offer is only available to UK residents paying by Direct Debit
Container Gardening Special Edition
The Gardens Illustrated Guide to Container Gardening. In this special edition, discover colourful flower combinations and seasonal planting schemes for pots designed by leading plantspeople, and essential know-how for container gardening success. Just £9.99 inc UK p&p
Gardens of the Globe
Discover some of the most glorious gardens from around the world.Find out more