Written by Hugh Metcalf

RHS Exclusive Beetles range unveiled

The latest exclusive collection from the RHS, the perfect gift for gardeners, is now available to buy in all RHS shops and online.

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Image: RHS

Throughout 2018 the Royal Horticultural Society has launched a number of successful ranges available exclusively through RHS shops and their online site. The Beetles range, the final to be launched this year, showcases beautiful illustrations across a range of gardening tools and accessories, perfect for young gardeners through to seasoned professionals.

The RHS Lindley Library in London holds one of the widest collections of horticultural plates and illustrations in the world. The exclusive Beetles collection uses illustrations done by renowned artist E.W. Robinson, which first featured in the 1866 edition of ‘British Beetles: An Introduction to the Study of Our Indigenous Coleoptera’. With the design trend set to continue into next year for all things insects, bees and wildlife, this latest exclusive collection is not only on-trend but great for all ages, male and female.

Including watering cans, wonderful for watering plants and equally great for flower displays, boxed sets of garden forks and trowels, superb secateurs, twine in tins and lovely windowsill herb pots, this range is great for Christmas gifting and is already proving to be a great seller since its launch in early November.

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Image: RHS – Beetles collection – Tray (top left), Twine (top right), Watering Can (bottom left), Beetles Tote Bag (bottom right)

“We’re lucky to have the RHS Lindley Library and Herbarium collections to delve into for inspiration when designing our new exclusive collections, and work closely with the curatorial teams, librarians and our designers to ensure faithful yet contemporary interpretations of these beautiful works across our exclusive ranges.” says Tim Hollis, Head Buyer for RHS Retail.

“The success of our exclusive Fern collection of homewares and soft furnishings, launched this summer and inspired by pressings in the Herbarium at RHS Wisley, followed the trend for houseplants, and has shown a real desire in the customer for contemporary styles which remain linked closely with the Royal Horticultural Society and its roots. We’re remaining true to this ethos with our 2019 collections which are due to launch early next year, and are thrilled that our final exclusive range for this year focuses on the gardener, whether they have a large garden or just a patio or window ledge.”

What we love about this is that it can add a touch of a country garden to any interior, and the Beetles print holds real appeal to men and women, boys and girls. The fabulous fabric tote bag with soft leather brown straps is great not only for shopping, but we’ve used it also to bring home fruit and vegetables from our allotment hauls and is a snip at £15! And we all love a good mug – their fine bone china mugs (yes, 2 designs are available!) with the bold Beetles on is proving a real hit, selling at £10 each.

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Image: RHS – Beetles collection – Beetles Tote Bag

For gifting over the Christmas period there are some wonderful items in the collection at pocket-friendly prices. We love the boxed fork and trowel set, retailing at £25. The secateurs, made from strong steel and red painted sustainably sourced ash wood are a steal at £14, but our favourite item is the set of 3 herb pots in a beautiful red tin tray. They look great on a kitchen window ledge with a bit of basil, thyme and parsley in. Boxed beautifully and only £20 you may find yourself buying one for a loved one and one for yourself too!

Cotton potting gloves with red grip underside are available for £10; twine in a tin costs £8 and the lovely watering can (be it for practical or decorative purposes) will set you back a mere £20. A lovely padded garden kneeler in bold red with the colourful beetles printed, sells for £15 and completes this wonderful, year round final RHS exclusive collection for 2018.

The RHS Beetles and other exclusive collections are only available to buy in RHS shops at each of their gardens (RHS Wisley, Woking; RHS Hyde Hall, Essex; RHS Rosemoor, Devon; and RHS Harlow Carr, North Yorkshire) and of course, online. Or click here to find out more details of your local RHS Garden.