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Olive tree in pot
Perfect olive tree package
This lovely little olive tree makes a perfect gift, supplied in a 14cm pot, with a small bottle of premium olive oil. Olives are frost-hardy in the UK and will comfortably survive on the patio all winter. This specimen could be a conservatory plant and will bear small olives in years to come.

Buy one patio olive tree for just £22.95 including p&p, or two for £35.90, saving £10. Orders by 12 December to guarantee pre-Christmas delivery. Credit card hotline: 0870 950 5914, quoting R17880HP or by post with cheques made payable to Mr Fothergill's Seeds to The Standard Patio Olive tree Offer (R17880HP), Rookery Farm, Joys Bank, Holbeach St Johns, Spalding, PE12 8SG. Delivery within 28 days. Terracotta pot not included. Offer ends 12 December 2008.

Christmas cactus
Lush Christmas cactus
Send a blaze of blooms that reignite each year with this Christmas cactus in presentation pot. Iridescent flowers flare from tiny bauble-like buds at the tip of each stem like a volley of fireworks to celebrate advent. This seasonal succulent remains lush and attractive all year round, and grows into a magnificent arching structure over the years - some plants can last 20 years.

One plant in a 12cm pot, supplied in bud. Black resin cachepot included. Price: £15.99 plus free p&p. Please send orders to: Evening Standard Offers, Dept. MRES43 PO Box 99, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2SN. Please make cheques payable to TMYP Ltd, or call 0844 573 2020 (quote MRES43), online Orders must be received by 17 December 2008.

RHS Rosemoor
RHS Rosemoor
RHS gift memberships are great presents
Every type of gardener can enjoy their specialist events and beautiful gardens to visit. The RHS can send it out with a personal message gift card. RHS Gift Membership offers a year of benefits for £49 with free entry with a guest to all four RHS Gardens, free entry to 140 RHS recommended gardens, privileged entry and reduced rate tickets to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park, free monthly edition of The Garden magazine, free one-to-one gardening advice service, free seeds from RHS gardens and other goodies. Call 0845 130 4646 or visit

WIN! Membership to RHS
Homes & Property is offering two RHS gift membership packages (worth £49 each) and two pairs of 'Member Day' tickets for Tuesday 7 July (worth £32 each) to the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Email by 10 December 2008 to enter.

Christmas display at Sunshine Garden Centre
Discount shopping at Sunshine
Homes & Property readers are exclusively offered 20 per cent off everything (excluding gift vouchers and sale items) at Sunshine Garden Centre in Bounds Green, N1. The centre has great Christmas displays. To get your discount, just take in a copy of this page. Discount offer ends Friday 12 December 2008. See or call Lisa on 020 8889 4224 for more details.

The Bedside Book of the Garden
Bedside Book of the Garden
Legendary bestselling Dr Hessayon has sold 50 million copies of his guides. His latest book is a compendium of some of his best work. Readers can order a copy of Bedside Book of the Garden by Dr DG Hessayon, published by Expert, RRP £12.99, at the special discounted price of £10.99 (including P&P). To order please call Book Post on 01624 677237 quoting reference code ESHP-BBG before 31 December 2008.

Bosch Rotak 37 lawnmower
Exclusive deal on Bosch lawnmower
Online retailer Amazon has exclusive deals on the Bosch Rotak 37 lawnmower, available at £255.99, £40 off the usual price of £299.99, until the end of December 2008. The machine features unique grass combs that allow you to cut right to the edge and is supplied with a high performance 36V lithium-ion battery with a fast one-hour recharge time (super charger supplied). The mower has 37cm width of cut, with high speed steel blade and seven heights of cut (35-70mm). It weighs 13.9kg and includes a two year parts and labour guarantee. Go to

Christmas tree

How to have a great Christmas tree

* When deciding on a Christmas tree, check that the needles and branches are not dull, dry and brittle. Gently shake to see if needles fall off.
* Keep your fresh tree in water outside until you're ready for it, and cut about half an inch off the butt to open the tree pores before moving it inside.
* Keep the tree away from direct heat and expect it to absorb a gallon of water in the first 24 hours, and at least a quarter a day, after.
To recycle your tree see or chip it for mulch.


Chartwell Christmas Market: 5 -7 December, 11am-4pm in Chartwell, Kent.
Browse craft and food stalls on the terrace, enjoy a brisk wintry walk in the gardens, then warm up in the restaurant with a hot cup of coffee or for those with a bit more of an appetite, a hearty lunch. Normal admission charges apply. Call 01732 868381 for details.

Museum of Garden History
Museum of Garden History
Last chance: Carolyn Sergeant - Wild Flower and Leaf Studies, 52 recent paintings. Until 12 December at Colnaghi, 15 Old Bond Street, London W1. Monday-Friday 10am-6pm. Call 020 7491 7408 or see

A Christmas Pot-pourri with the Grove Singers, 5 December at the Museum of Garden History. Tickets cost £10 in advance, £12 on the door. Doors open at 7pm, concert starts at 7.30pm. Call 020 7401 8865 to book. See

FREE entry to the Savill Garden in December at the fabulous Windsor Great Park. Open daily from dawn to dusk except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Normal price is £5.50 for adults. See

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