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Gift Guide for Gardeners

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

We have gifts to suit all your green fingered friends and family, and of course this year we will be focusing on budget buys and value for money.

Eugene Higgins

"I was born into Horticulture in a plant nursery/garden centre in north Co Dublin started in 1940 by my grandfather, so my excuse is, "that its in my blood".

On leaving school I worked in various Dublin radio stations and spent my spare time working in the family run garden centre, this soon reversed after spending an intervening number of years in Australia.

Over the last 12 years I have been combining Horticulture and media work.besides working on the Afternoon Show since season 1 my media contributions have also included:

. BBC Room For Improvement (Season 1)
. FM 104 Claire McKeon Show
. Lite Fm Dublin Saturday magazine

In 1999 I returned to retailing opening Colour Green Garden Centre in Malahide Dublin, which won "Best Specialist Garden Centre 2002-Ireland".
In 2004 we subsequently moved the business to Tullamore, Co Offaly, where we have a lot more space around us and have concentrated on developing our Colour Green Landscaping Services. Our highlight to date was, being commissioned last year by the Afternoon Show to restore a nursing home's spectacular Japanese garden that had run into serious disrepair (Carrigoran Nursing Home, Co Clare).

Eugene's Christmas Garden Gift Guide

1. Grow Your Own Mushroom Kit
€4.50, Available at Hacketts in Dublin and at garden centres nationwide
2. Herb Pot-a decorative ceramic pot with base that comes with 6 packs of seeds so you can start your own mini herb garden at home
€12.99, Available at Hacketts in Dublin and at garden centres nationwide.
3. Books: The Complete Gardener by Monty Don. €22.05, available from Easons stores nationwide
The Veg Box by Keda Black. This box set contains 300 ways to make cooking and eating vegetables interesting. €28.50 available from Easons stores nationwide.
4. Christmas plant bowl. This one is from Uniplumo but similar bowls are available at garden centres nationwide.
5. Marks & Spencer Trowel & Fork Set €23.00
6. Marks & Spencer Gardeners Radio & Flask Set €23.00
7. Marks & Spencer Dibber Set €23

These three items (5,6 &7) are on a 3 for 2 offer until Christmas