Posts Tagged ‘children’s gardening’

Christmas Gifts for Gardeners

October 16th, 2018 | News | 0 Comments

It’s just 11 weeks to Christmas!

If you’re thinking of what to buy for your garden-savvy friends or relatives, we have got some great options with a wide range of gifts for kids, beginners and experienced gardeners. Choose from a number of innovative gardening gifts from windowsill kits to fun ‘grass head’ kits for youngsters – perfect stocking fillers!

For anyone new to gardening, why not try our patented GroBox and GroMat ranges of easy-to-grow, pre-sown gardening products.

GroBox is a bio-degradable cardboard box containing four varieties of pre-sown vegetable or herb seeds in compost which is then planted, covered and watered in the garden or in a container. Our range also includes a children’s flower garden and a children’s vegetable garden – great for the budding young gardener in your life.

GroMat is a two-metre bio-degradable mat pre-sown with a mix of either flower or vegetable seeds, and can be rolled out as it is or cut to fit any size of plot, border or container. You can choose from Poppy, Wildflowers, Blue Mix, Red Mix, Salad or Vegetable Mix!

We also have four windowsill kits – Herb Garden, Fragrant Garden, Strawberry Garden and Sunflower Garden – each comprising a galvanised metal windowsill container, seeds, compost and instructions.

The Herb Grow Kit has three galvanised pots on a tray, basil, parsley and chive seeds, plus compost discs, while the Grow Your Own Pesto Kit includes basil seed, compost discs, a ceramic pestle, mortar and instructions on how to make the much-loved Italian sauce for pasta.

Our eye-catching grow kits in the caricature form of various animals make ideal stocking-fillers and encourage youngsters to take an interest in growing from seed, like our ceramic egg cup-style planters – the Munakuppi (that’s Finnish for ‘egg cup’) Hair Grow Kit!

Each Munakuppi includes two sachets of seed – basil for short ‘hair’ and ryegrass for long ‘hair’ – plus compost and growing instructions, so anyone can simply sow, water and watch the green ‘hair’ grow. The six hand-crafted animals, including a frog, dog, pig, duck, seal and cow are becoming collectables.

Children will also enjoy our four new adorable smiley cats! These gorgeous kits come with a pot, coir pellet, rye grass seeds, instructions and growing tips for easy and instant display in the home. Unlike traditional grassheads kits, these ceramic characters can be used again and again.


For chilli lovers, there are Chilli Pepper Grow kits available for classic, great tasting, fiery red chillies or juicy medium-hot green chillies, perfect for pizzas. Available as complete kits!

Mr Fothergill’s range of seeds and kits are available from garden centres, supermarkets and leading DIY stores throughout the UK.

We are joining forces with BBC Children in Need

May 16th, 2018 | News | 0 Comments


We are delighted to announce our new partnership with BBC Children in Need, to launch two seed packets for children – Sunflower Pudsey and Pumpkin Pudsey. For each packet sold, Mr Fothergill’s will donate 30p to BBC Children in Need, to help make a real difference to the lives of children all across the UK.


The bright and fun packets have an RRP of £1.99 each and are available as a compact counter top display unit of 40 packets or as a hot spot stand of 150 packets. Colourful and eye-catching POS is included on the displays, featuring the familiar Pudsey Bear character.


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BBC Children in Need believe that every child in the UK should have a childhood which is safe, happy and secure and allows them the chance to reach their potential. To help achieve their vision, they provide grants to projects in the UK which focus on children and young people who are disadvantaged. They currently support 2,400 of these projects.
Since 1980, over £800 million has been raised in aid of BBC Children in Need.
To find out more about the Mr Fothergill’s range, log on at or telephone 01638 554111.

Adopt an Adorable Cat or a Cheerful Smiley this Easter!

February 27th, 2018 | News | 0 Comments

We have added to our popular children’s collectable grow kit range with four new smiley face characters and four cool cats, creating a fun series of fourteen ceramic planters for bedroom windowsills, kitchens and offices.

Mr-Fothergills-easy-grow-kit-smiley-rangeThe easy-grow varieties can be sown year-round, making them ideal novelty gifts for Easter or any other time of the year. They can play a great role in introducing children to gardening.

Each kit is supplied with two packets of seed and a coir pellet. Young and young at heart gardeners have the option of growing long locks of rye grass or a short back and sides of fresh basil. Simply sow, water and watch the green hair grow.

The basil can be used fresh in the kitchen, while the rye grass can be offered to pet cats to aid their digestion – perfect for indoor moggies that don’t have access to fresh grass. If there are no cats in the home to keep growth in check, the rye grass hair can be tied into bunches or trimmed into style.

These ceramic characters can be used again and again. There is enough seed supplied with each to resow and continue the fun several times over. When all seed is gone, you can add your own or use the ceramic pots as fun egg cups.

Each character is supplied with simple sowing instructions and growing tips. They are available in garden centres and other retail outlets stocking Mr Fothergill’s Seeds at RRP £3.95.

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Munakuppi Hair Grow Kits – these eggcup animals are an ideal Christmas gift

October 7th, 2013 | News | 0 Comments

Manukuppi Hair Grow Kits - ElephantEye-catching grow kits in the caricature form of various animals is the latest fun idea from Mr Fothergill’s to encourage youngsters to take an interest in growing from seed.

The ceramic eggcup-style planters are known as Munakuppi (Finnish for ‘eggcup’) Hair Grow Kits – and with a recommended retail price of just £3.95 they would make ideal stocking fillers for children of all ages.  They are also suitable for giving and growing at any time of year.

Each Munakuppi includes two sachets of seed – basil for short hair and ryegrass for long hair – plus compost and growing instructions, so anyone can simply sow, water and watch the green ‘hair’ grow.  The six hand-crafted animals, including an elephant, dog, pig and duck, look set to become ‘collectables’.

Mr Fothergill’s Munakuppi Hair Grow Kits are available from garden centres and other retail stockists nationwide.

Mr Fothergill’s steps in to help after children’s primary school garden is vandalised

September 23rd, 2013 | News | 0 Comments

10/09/13 Donation presentation at Burton End Primary

David Turner of Mr Fothergill’s meets the children of Burton End Primary School to hand over new seeds and plants to help them repair their vandalised school garden

Staff at Mr Fothergill’s in Suffolk were saddened to learn that children at a local primary school returned after the summer holiday to find their school garden had been vandalised.   The garden they had been tending the term before had been badly damaged including ripped up apple trees and benches.

“We read an article about the crime at Burton End Primary School in the Haverhill Weekly News and were determined to help get the children gardening again,” said the company’s joint managing director John Fothergill. “There is no better way of letting children understand how food is produced than by growing their own.”

Mr Fothergill’s David Turner (pictured here) visited the school garden in early September armed with a wide assortment of vegetable seeds and an offer to supply fruit trees of the school’s choice. “It was sad to know that someone would go and do something like this,” commented David.

Head teacher at Burton End School Fay Trussler said the children would appreciate sowing the seeds and tending the plants as they are enthusiastic gardeners.