Time to enjoy the great outdoors with gifts from Historic Royal Palaces

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historic royal palacesAs the days get longer, our thoughts turn to planning days in the great outdoors or simply getting out into the garden.

The Historic Royal Palaces online shop at www.historicroyalpalaces.com has a wide range of gifts for celebrating the arrival of warmer weather, whether the first glimpse of sunshine means a picnic or time to overhaul the garden, with new seeds or garden accessories and a selection of picnic blankets and hampers.

The White Garden seed pack
A special variety pack of seeds from four of the main varieties chosen for the White Garden planting scheme at Kensington Palace. This special garden complements the palace’s current exhibition ‘Diana Her Fashion Story’, celebrating the Princess’s life and style at her former
home. Diana lived at Kensington Palace for fifteen years and would often stop to talk to the gardeners about their work. The seeds included are Cosmos, Myosotis, Gypsophila and Grass. Price £9.99

Heritage seeds
A range of over 20 flower, vegetable and herb seeds that have been selected by the Head  Gardener at Hampton Court Palace and are presented in these brown paper seed packets with pretty botanical style artwork.  £2.99 per packet.

Exclusive Milly Green  picnic blanket
With the chance of a warm day upon us, why not prepare with a new picnic blanket and hamper.  This cotton and waterproof backed picnic blanket – designed by Milly Green – is decorated with iconic illustrations taken from the Hampton Court Palace gardens and is stylish and practical, perfect for outdoor events. Designed and made in the UK, this collection is inspired by the palace’s formal gardens and maze, and is exclusively available at Historic Royal Palaces.   Price £35.00

Willow  barrel picnic hamper for two
A new hamper could be in order for the first picnic of the year. This traditional willow picnic basket hamper is ideal for elegant open-air dining. The unusual barrel-shaped design features antique wash willow, cream faux leather detailing and a cotton lining and contains all the essentials for a perfect luxury picnic for two, including china crockery, stainless steel cutlery and glasses.  Price £85.00

Brighten up the kitchen with a new tea towel …

Exclusive Milly Green vegetable tea towel 
The perfect gift for any cook, this delightful tea towel features a hand-illustrated print of fruit and vegetables. Designed and made in the UK, this tea towel would brighten up any kitchen. Exclusively available at Historic Royal Palaces. Price £7.99

With spring showers likely, it may be time to invest in a boot scraper to keep the mud outside! 

Old Boot Cast Iron  Boot  Scraper
This quirky boot scraper would look wonderful at any door step. Featuring a little cast iron boot design, this boot scraper is the ideal gift for a new home owner or garden lover.
Price £14.99

And tie-up any trailing shrubbery with this handy string dispenser and scissors.

Rustic String Dispenser
This rustic string dispenser with accompanying scissors features a sweet little squirrel statuette and is both stylish and practical. Just the thing to store your twine, this dispenser would look delightful in any greenhouse.  Price £14.99

Tudor Rose gardening gloves
Garden in royal style with these Tudor Rose gardening gloves, decorated with the traditional heraldic emblem of England.  The Tudor Rose can be found on many historic buildings in England, the most notable being Anne Boleyn’s gateway at Hampton Court Palace. Price £4.99 a pair

Lace cut out planters
New for this spring are these lace cut out beige painted metal gardening containers.  The oval planter is the ideal size for two or three plants while the 10cm high ornamental watering can provides a pretty display for a single showstopper. Price £12.99 and £8.99 respectively.

Antique style herb planter
This new herb planter with its vintage distressed style would add a dash of chic to any windowsill. Three name plates for the popular herbs of basil, oregano and thyme adorn the front, while the wire-decorated roof provides easy access for that all important finishing touch to your favourite dish. Price £12.99

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