The best Mother’s Day gardening gifts for 2023
Our round up of Mother's Day gifts for a green-fingered mum, including garden tools, accessories and great days out.
Good gift inspiration for gardening mothers can be hard to come by. A thoughtful present for a Mother's Day could be anything from a comfortable knee pad, to a personalised pot but to give it that special touch for Mother's Day requires something more than just practicality.
To help set you on the right track for getting the perfect gardening gift for Mother’s Day, we’ve put together our pick of gardening themed gifts, so whether you’re buying for someone with lifelong green fingers, or just beginning their gardening journey, our guide is full of inspiration.
We’ve also included some of our BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Best Buy-winning tools, which were all put to the test by our expert reviewers and came out on top, so you’ll know that you’re getting your mum the very best. We also only include plants and seeds that are suited to this time of year, so everything featured here is horticulturally relevant.
Looking for a garden-themed Mother’s Day card? Try Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, John Lewis, OhhDear, Paperchase, and Scribbler.
To send a bouquet of fresh, seasonal flowers, check out our guide to the best flower delivery services, or try Bloom & Wild, Arena, Eflorist, or Bloombox.
The best Mother’s Day gardening gifts for 2023
Engraved Terracotta Name Pot
Personalise a handmade terracotta plant pot with this engraving service from Letterfest. Each pot can be engraved with three lines of text, so you can include a thoughtful message. For an extra £3, you can also include herb, flower, or chilli seeds, so your mum can get growing too.
Buy an Engraved Terracotta Name Pot from Letterfest
Dianthus 'I Love you'
For a time-honoured gardening gift, try carnations. Not only will they look great potted up on a patio or planted in a flowerbed, but carnations are the flower associated with Mother’s Day. They make a thoughtful, traditional gift.
Buy Dianthus 'I Love you' from Crocus
Garden Shed Gin
Distilled using common backyard botanicals like burdock, dandelion root, and lavender, this dry, London-style gin makes a great garden-themed gift. Plus, a percentage of the profits are donated to Trees4Scotland and the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, so you can do some good too.
Buy the Garden Shed Gin from Master of Malt
For more advice on gin gifts, check out these expert gin taste tests from our colleagues at BBC Good Food.
British Seed Subscription at Not on the High Street
To make sowing easier, try this British seed subscription, which will send your mum native British wildflower seeds once a month. She’ll be sent a personalised note about the subscription, fact cards about the seeds included, and a seed box.
Price: from £36.99
Buy British Seed Subscription at Not on the High Street
If you'd like more advice on seed subscriptions, take a look at out guide to the best gardening subscription boxes.
Chocolate Gardening Selection Box
Chocolates are a popular Mother’s Day gift, but they can be a little impersonal. Give a garden-loving mum thoughtful handmade Belgian chocolates, featuring cute garden-themed designs.
Buy the Chocolate Gardening Selection Box from Not on the High Street
BBC Gardeners' World Magazine Subscription
Gift a subscription to BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine this Mother's Day and pay just £14.99 for the first 6 issues. Your payment will then continue at £27.60 every 6 issues thereafter, still saving 29% on the usual shop price. All subscriptions before April 12th will start with the May issue which comes with a host of exciting extras, including our famous 2 for 1 Gardens entry card and guide, which offers 2 for 1 entry to 416 gardens nationwide, plus a bumper pack of 6 free seeds.
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Buy a BBC Gardener’s World Magazine Subscription
Thompson & Morgan Gin Garden Gift Set
Elevate their everyday gin and tonic with a home-grown garnish. This planter and seed set will help your mum grow cucumber, rosemary, basil and thyme, and give this classic drink a personal touch.
Buy the Thompson & Morgan Gin Garden Gift Set from Amazon
Haws Copper Indoor Watering Can
This charming watering can is as pretty as it is practical and would make a great gift for houseplant fans or greenhouse gardeners. Haws’ watering can is made by hand from solid copper.
Buy Copper Indoor Watering Can at Farrer and Tanner
RHS Gift Membership
Not only will your mum be able to visit all five of the Royal Horticultural Society gardens, she’ll also have access to more than 200 partner gardens. Subscription to The Garden magazine is included as well as personalised garden advice, a £5 voucher, free seeds, and a free RHS tote bag.
Price: from £71
Buy an RHS Membership from the RHS
Neal's Yard Remedies Citrus Hand Softener
This cruelty-free hand cream works wonderfully for dry, rough, and hardworking hands. With a light, pleasing scent from its fragrant ingredients, this cream packages luxury and utility, making it perfect for treating any gardening mums.
Buy Neal’s Yard Citrus Hand Softener from Neal's Yard Remedies
For more inspiration, take a look at our guide to the best hand creams for gardeners.
Personalised Garden Trug
Trugs are ideal for carrying tools and cut flowers, as well as foraged fruit and berries, and will even add a touch of style to the home when left out on display. For a truly personal gift, choose one of 12 colours, and add a personalised message to the side of the trug.
Buy the Personalised Garden Trug from PlantABox
The Gardeners’ World Almanac
Published in 2021, but still relevant, this Almanac is packed with expert advice from Gardeners’ World favourites like Monty Don and Carol Klein, this practical guide will take your mum month-by month through the gardening year, to help her plan and create her ideal garden.
Price: RRP £16.99
Buy The Gardeners’ World Almanac from Amazon, Bookshop.org, or Waterstones
For more gardening books, try our guide to the best gardening books, or the books section of our guide to gardening gifts. For inspiration around garden planning, try our guide to the best gardening journals and planners for 2022.
Kitchen herbs bring complex, natural flavour to any dish. This mini allotment will keep everything together, in a fun but practical planter with space for three little pots. What’s more, the shed isn’t just for decoration - your mum can open the door and store snips, soil pellets, and packs of coriander, basil, and oregano seeds, which are all included.
Buy the Indoor Allotment from Prezzybox
Personalised Denim Gardening Apron
Gardening can be messy work, but an apron will help keep your mum mud-free, as well as offering useful pockets for little tools and packets of seeds. Made from hard-wearing denim, it can be personalised with your mum’s name.
Buy Personalised Denim Gardening Apron at Not on the High Street
Jane Austen Flowers Growbar
Literary mums might like the Jane Austen Flowers Growbar. Just add water to this neat collection of seeds to grow some of the flowers mentioned in the iconic author’s letters, and bring a touch of the Regency to any garden. If she's not a fan of Austen, they have other fascinating collections of historical horticulture, such as a Victorian Flowers Growbar, an Artists' Flowers Growbar, and collections of Medieval, Roman, and Biblical herbs.
Buy the Jane Austen Flowers Growbar on Etsy
Kent and Stowe Eversharp Bypass Secateurs
Good secateurs will usually make for a welcome gift for any gardener, but this is doubly so for this Best Buy-winning set. Winners of our Best Buy for comfort, these secateurs are made of lightweight aluminium and FSC-certified ash. With a hard, sharp blade which easily cuts through live and dead wood, a ten-year warranty, and comfortable handles, these make a wonderful gardening gift for Mother's Day.
Price: RRP £39.99
Buy the Kent and Stowe Eversharp Bypass Secateurs from Crocus
Read the full Kent and Stowe Eversharp Bypass Secateurs review.
For more, check out our tests of the best secateurs.
Pocket Flower Press
Giving your mum flowers on Mother’s Day? Why not add this pocket flower press so she can preserve them for years? Remember, never pick endangered species or flowers in National Nature Reserves.
Buy the Pocket Flower Press from Not on the High Street
Shesali Artisan Bird Nester
Wildlife loving mums will like this artisan nester. It’s made from recycled saris in Fairtrade workshops in Bangladesh, so it offers both a home for baby birds and a fair wage for the craftspeople that made it.
Buy the Shesali Artisan Bird Nester from Ethical Superstore
For more wildlife gift inspiration, check out our guides to nesting boxes, bird baths, and hedgehog houses, or take a look at the wildlife section of our guide to the best gardening gifts.
Gold Leaf The Dry Touch Gloves
These BBC Gardeners World Magazine Best Buy-winning gloves combine lightweight comfort with hard-wearing durability. They’re nimble enough for fine-detail work like weeding and are also water-repellent. However, they’re leather, so if your mum is vegan or vegetarian consider animal-friendly alternatives, like Best Buy winners, the Clip Glove Bamboo Fibre.
Buy Gold Leaf The Dry Touch Gloves from Crocus
Read the full Gold Leaf The Dry Touch Gloves review.
For more, check out our tests of the best gardening gloves.
RHS Burgon & Ball Flora & Fauna Kneeler
Gardening is a relaxing hobby, but hours spent kneeling in damp grass can take their toll. Bring a bit of comfort into the garden with this attractive kneeler. Thanks to a beautiful design taken from the RHS’ Lindley Library, it’s less utilitarian than other kneelers, but its memory foam padding will keep your mum comfortable and dry.
Buy RHS Burgon & Ball Flora & Fauna Kneeler on Amazon
For more, take a look at our guide to the best kneelers.
Personalised Copper Trowel
A good trowel is an essential companion in the garden. Transform it into a thoughtful gift for your mum by adding a personalised message.
Buy the Personalised Copper Trowel from Not on the High Street
For more, check out tests of the best garden hand trowels.
Burgon and Ball Hip Trug
We love this inventive little trug from Burgon and Ball. Designed to sit on your mum’s hip, it offers a hands-free way of collecting snips of deadheaded roses or for harvesting strawberries in the summer.
Buy the Burgon and Ball Hip Trug from Suttons
Cole & Mason H105349 Burwell Self-Watering Potted Herb Saver
Built to sustain potted herbs, and extend their lifespan, this self-watering planter is perfect for a mum who likes to grow their own herbs, or simply wants to grow something in limited space. Each potted herb stands on its own absorbent felt pad, through which they draw water from the well below. Replacement pads are provided and each pad is washable and reusable.
Buy the Cole & Mason H105349 Burwell Self-Watering Potted Herb Saver from Amazon
The Garden Book, Revised and Updated Edition
A stunning coffee table book filled with gorgeous gardening pictures from around the world, from some of gardening’s most influential names. This book is an inspirational who’s who of the gardening world, featuring their iconic gardens and what makes them special. Perfect for those curious about the gardening world, or who just need a little inspiration.
Buy The Garden Book, Revised and Updated Edition from Phaidon
Garden Gear Rotating Seat and Tool Store
When working in the garden, having access to your tools, and being able to sit comfortably can both be luxuries. This garden seat allows gardening mums to sit comfortably as they garden, while their tools are close at hand.
Buy the Garden Gear Rotating Seat and Tool Store from Van Meuwen
The Plant Rescue Box
The perfect gift for a gardener who loves plants and is looking to care for a new collection. The Plant Rescuer Box is a set of two-to-four randomly-selected plants, which have been rescued from being binned by garden centres for either having small imperfections, or for not selling fast enough. Categorized and priced by plant type and size, a small box of rescued herbs is just £11.00.
Price: from £11.00
Buy the Plant Rescuer Box from Etsy or The Plant Rescuer.
This product guide was last updated in March 2023. We apologise if anything has changed in price or availability.
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