22 mother’s day gardening gifts

Does your mom love to garden? Here are 22 of the best Mother’s Day gardening gift ideas for a plant-loving mom, including different options for each idea and a little bit of background info to help you choose the right thoughtful gift for your green thumb mom. Lets make mom proud with these gifts!

Hanging basket of flowers on front porch - gift for mothers day

1. Container plants

Houseplants and hanging baskets are a pretty safe bet for Mother’s Day. Choose a classic houseplant (think Boston Fern, Peacock Plant, Rosemary Topiary), a flowering orchid, or go for an on-trend tropical (like Anthurium, Monstera, Polka Dot Begonia). Don’t forget to pair the plant with a complimentary planter (if that’s your mother’s sort of thing). Here are some lovely container plant gifts:

2. Garden-themed gift basket

Mother’s Day is one of those holidays that just screams “gift basket”. This is one of the best gardening gifts you can give and she’ll adore it! Maybe it’s because mom spent so much time packing your school lunches or sending college care packages – but whatever it is, there’s certainly something about the effort of putting one together that seems well-matched to this holiday. Your gardening gift basket for mom could include whatever you like! Like perhaps…

Here is a more detailed guide about how to create your own garden-themed gift basket!

Garden planter pots on store shelf

3. Upgraded herb planter

Many gardeners tend to blow their whole budget on plants, while decor items like pretty planters are more of a “want” than a “need”. Help give mom’s everyday herb garden a makeover with one of these classic herb planter pots:

Here are some more herb planter upgrades that mom might like. t shirt t shirt

4. Online gardening course

Some moms LOVE to learn just as much as they love to garden. You can give them a specific gardening course or opt for a Netflix-style video course subscription (like MasterClass).

Here is a detailed guide to some of the most popular gardening courses available now on the web.

5. Gardening apron

A gardening apron is another one of those things she just might never buy for herself. Some are made to hold tools, some are made to harvest veggies or flowers, and some are mainly to protect your clothes from getting (too) dirty by being water resistant. I think some are even just to make you feel pretty and put you in a good mood! Whatever the purpose – they’re all great. Here are some lovely options for gardening aprons:

6. Special gardening gloves

If you’re going to get mom some gardening gloves, be sure to get her some good ones. Some garden lovers never use gloves and some go through multiple pairs each day. But, even those who use gloves only sporadically will have some for utility dirty work and then a special pair or two for dotting around the garden with a cup of tea. Here are some of the more “Sunday Best” types of gardening gloves:

“Sunday Best” isn’t quite her cup of tea? Consider these awesome Claws Garden Gloves.

7. A greenhouse

Looking to go all-out!? How about a real greenhouse for the backyard? This is a once-in-a-lifetime type of gardening gift that she’ll love. Here are some inspiring options:

Homegrown backyard flowers for mothers day

8. Flowers from the garden

Homegrown flowers are so beautiful. There are lots of plants blooming in May that are perfect for making your own Mother’s Day bouquet. Here are some classic spring-blooming flowers:

  • Tulip
  • Peony
  • Iceland Poppy
  • Fruit Blossoms
  • Lilac

Each flower also has its own symbolism, which makes it the perfect gift for a sentimental mom.

9. Bird feeder

Some moms like to attract birds to their yards simply to watch them. Other gardeners like to attract birds to the garden to eat pesky bugs that bother our plants! Help mom attracts hungry birds to her plot of land with a new bird feeder. Here are some thoughtful options she’ll be happy to show off:

Shopping for hummingbird feeders

10. Hummingbird feeder

Yup, hummingbird feeders are totally different than regular bird feeders. Here are a few lovely ones for gifting mom this springtime:

Does she already have a hummingbird feeder on every corner of the house? Go for an even more niche item like a Copper Hummingbird Swing (Handmade in the USA) or a Hummingbird Hanging Bird Bath. Yup – those are real things that exist (and are awesome).

If you have a little bit of time and are willing to go a few steps further, try planting a hummingbird garden!

If your moms favorite hobby is to watch the hummingbirds, this is the perfect gift!

11. Pro-Grade composter

For the mom who’s serious about her garden gold plant food (AKA homemade compost), here are some pro-grade pieces of composting equipment. Composters are one of those things that it’s nice to have a few of, so one can be “cooking” while another is “finished” and another is actively being added to. Here are some composters that gardeners love:

12. Fancy pruners

Most gardeners feel they don’t have enough pruners…or enough GOOD pruners…or as many great pruners as they’d like to have. Upgrade mom’s garden toolkit with a high-quality pair of pruners so she can replace those irritating plastic ones she keeps by the back deck (or in her car door, or in her coat closet…you get the picture). Here are some high-quality pruning shears that you know mom will put to good use:

Concrete bird baths and other garden decor structures

13. Concrete bird bath

A classic concrete bird bath is a thoughtful, long-lasting present for a mom who loves her garden. This is an investment piece that will remain as beautiful as it is useful as it ages. Here are some classic concrete bird baths in various styles:

14. Gift certificate to seed shop

Gardeners are funny about their plant seeds. There are so many varieties to choose between, from non gmo seeds to different seeds for different herbs. Unless you truly know exactly what they’re looking for, it’s likely a better idea to opt for a gift card than to pick and choose different seeds to gift your gardener. Here are some seed companies that offer seeds with gift-quality packaging:

15. Live outdoor garden plants

Some gardeners don’t care much about tools or pretty planters – it’s ALL about the garden! Here are some places that sell and ship live plants that fit well into the Mother’s Day gardening gift category:

Since they’re outdoor plants, mom will get some sunshine and uv rays too!

16. Garden scissors

Too many gardeners have to choose between using old rusty gardening scissors or taking the risk of bringing indoor kitchen scissors out to the garden. Get mom a proper pair of garden scissors so she can open bags of potting soil, cut bits of twine, and slice through that irritating landscape fabric that always seems to appear when there’s something to be planted. Here are some beautiful garden scissors that would make lovely Mother’s Day gardening gifts:

17. Skin care treats for gardeners

These skin-care products have been designed specifically with garden lovers in mind. gift ideas green thumbs mom loves more candles

Mason jar herb kit box gift

18. Indoor gardening set-up

Has mom recently downsized and is missing her big outdoor garden? Get her off to the races with indoor gardening with one of these indoor gardening set-ups:

This is one of the best gardening gifts to give, as it brings an outdoor garden, inside!

Metal watering cans on store shelf

19. Upgraded watering can

A watering can is a garden staple that doesn’t always get the respect it deserves. Upgrade mom’s old, cracked plastic watering can with an heirloom-quality classic metal watering can. Here are some perfect choices:

20. Garden tote basket

There are some seasons in the garden when you seem to ALWAYS need way too many tools. Spring is one of those seasons and Mother’s Day is one of those times. As such this is quite a practical gift! Here are some beautiful (and useful) garden tote basket options:

Birdhouses and bird feeders for sale

21. Birdhouse

Birdhouses are just cute. And once a little feather-winged family sets up shop, they’re a daily spot of interest just out the window. There are also houses for mason bees and other beneficial garden creatures. Here are some birdhouses that would make lovely gifts on Mother’s Day:

22. Classy gardening clogs

Yes, there are a few garden clogs out there that could loosely be described as “classy”. And here they are:

Mary Jane Duford
Mary Jane Duford

Mary Jane Duford is a quintessential Canadian gardener. An engineer by trade, she tends to an ever-expanding collection of plants. In her world, laughter blooms as freely as her flowers, and every plant is raised with a dash of Canadian grit.

Mary Jane is a certified Master Gardener and also holds a Permaculture Design Certificate. She's also a proud mom of three, teaching her little sprouts the crucial difference between a garden friend and foe.

When she's not playing in the dirt, Mary Jane revels in her love for Taylor Swift, Gilmore Girls, ice hockey, and the surprisingly soothing sounds of bluegrass covers of classic hip-hop songs. She invites you to join her garden party, a place where you can share in the joy of growing and where every day is a new opportunity to find the perfect spot for yet another plant.

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