Floral Odyssey bouquet

Mother’s Day for gardeners: presents for your mum

Adapting to the rapidly changing coronavirus situation is hard, but let's try to still celebrate Mother's Day. Here's a host of give them whilst also keeping them safe

Whether your mum is in isolation, looking after someone or just in need of a hug, this year’s Mother’s Day is going to be a slightly odd affair. Here’s a host of things you can do with and for your mum that will still make the day special. If you go out, always adhere to the NHS advice on hygiene and hand washing. 

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A visitor to RHS Chelsea Flower Show

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A bouquet

Floral Odyssey bouquet
Floral Odyssey bouquet

Old fashioned, but lovely still. There are lots of florists that specialise in home delivery who will get blooms to your mum at the drop of your hat. Interflora uses local businesses to get things out fast, but there’s also online Serenata Flowers and many other local florists.

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Take away cream teas

Afternoon Tea at the Ritz
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The Garden Museum’s lovely cafe has started a takeaway menu, which includes all sorts of yummy cakes. But there are lots of other initiatives being put into place by cafes and organisations. Have a look at your local cafe to see whether they have started delivering.

An online course in flower arranging, gardening, growing your own vegetables and chocolate making. The online courses that Learning with Experts offer are very reasonable and can be done from the comfort of your own home. 

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Gin

Gordon Castle gin

Everyone needs gin and it feels evermore necessary now. Why not look at our list of gorgeous botanical gins and order one to arrive on your mother’s doorstep. 

Ash trees at Westonbirt
Ash trees at Westonbirt
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If you’re not showing any symptoms, then the open air and gardens are still a wonderful place to spend time. This Sunday Westonbirt Arboretum is letting mums in for free, as long as she’s accompanied by a responsible child of any age. But do bear in mind that the events planned for the weekend in aid of Mother’s Day have been cancelled. 

Botanic garden of wales winter

Plans for Mother’s Day events have been cancelled at the botanic garden of Wales, but mums do still go free. 

Kilver Court

Sunday is free entry on Mother’s Day and with the magnolia bursting into bloom it promises to be a lovely day out.

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A visit to a lovely hotel, once this is all over…

The Newt in Somerset

How about a voucher, spa day, garden visit, or weekend away set for a few months time? Something to look forward to.

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Grow your own

Seed Pantry's Grow Your Own boxes

Instead of ordering a bouquet, why not order seeds for mum to plant which will then grow into a gorgeous selection of flowers that she can turn into her very own display. Seed Pantry specialise in seed flower displays as well as monthly subscriptions for seeds.

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Seeds sowing

A photograph of vegetable seed catalouges

It’s the perfect time to sow seeds. If you have a parent in isolation, many nurseries and seed suppliers will deliver. Get the seeds over to your mum and let her do the rest. Perfect, restful hobby to take her mind off things.

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Garden books

When you can’t go out, reading a book is one of the best things you can do. Expand your knowledge and your garden enjoyment with one of the many excellent gardening books around at the moment.
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Looking for more garden inspiration? Here’s a list of gardening you can do in isolation.