5 of the best gardening gloves

There's a massive choice of gardening gloves available for all sorts of gardening jobs - from the heavy duty gauntlets for pruning roses to lightweight, 'barely there' gloves for seed sowing. Take your pick says Jean Vernon.

When I was first started gardening in my grandmother’s garden, we used to share a pair of pretty basic gardening gloves between us. Gloves weren’t the gardening accessory of choice back then. Sometimes I made a ‘pair’ out of the several left hand gloves that hadn’t been worn and were languishing out in the shed. It wasn’t a good plan and probably put me off wearing gardening gloves thereafter.

My goodness things are different today, there’s a massive choice of just hundreds of different types, all for different purposes. Some of them are really beautiful; yes fashion even plays a part! All of the gloves featured are part of a much larger range from each manufacturer. Visit your local garden centre to see them for real and make your own selection, here’s mine.

Town & Country bamboo gloves
Town & Country

Fit like a glove: Town & Country Bamboo glove

There are dozens of stretchy fit gardening gloves reinforced with rubberised fingers and palms. One of my favourites from this ilk of gloves is the Bamboo Gloves from Town & Country, which cost around £5. The gloves are made from natural bamboo fibres (a sustainable material). They are really soft and comfy to wear and breathable. Bamboo is hypoallergenic and naturally antibacterial. They afford a good grip and allow dexterity, both essential when gardening. Available in navy, raspberry or mint. The cuffs could be a bit longer and a choice of sizes would ensure a better fit, but otherwise a great, basic, general gardening glove. www.townandco.co.uk

Town & Country premium gloves
Town & Country

Tailored: Town & Country Premium Comfort Fit Gloves

If you want something a bit more tailored, with some extra features, then I’d suggest the Town & Country Premium Comfort Fit Gloves. Available in men’s, medium and large (black and tan) or ladies’ small and medium (pink and white or purple and white). They cost around £14 and have a soft leather palm and fingers, with a reinforced leather knuckle protector. Comfortable, strong and the cuff is adjustable so you can tighten them and stop soil falling down inside. Again longer cuffs would be better, but these are well made, double-stitched where it counts and durable. www.townandco.co.uk

Burgon & Ball Love the Glove
Burgon & Ball

Fashion, form and function: Burgon & Ball Love the Gloves

These new Love the Glove gloves from Burgon & Ball combine performance with attractive design. Wow my grandma would have loved these. There are 12 designs in two sizes offering a functional but attractive and stylish gardening glove for all. The fabric is soft, strong and supple with padded palms and reinforced finger tips, thin enough to feel what you are doing, but thick enough for basic, but minimal protection. There’s an adjustable wrist strap and a decent length cuff plus a handy hanging tag too. Shortlisted for the RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year. They cost around £15. www.burgonandball.com

Briers Historic Royal Palaces gauntlet glove
Briers

Elegant and protective: Briers Historic Royal Palaces Gauntlet Glove

These Baroque-style extra long gloves from Briers offer the ultimate protection when pruning in the shrubbery. The Historic Royal Palaces Gauntlet Glove has an extra long protective cuff and soft, synthetic leather palms and finger ends. The fingers are supple for good dexterity but a bit short for me. Perfect for the summer when you want to garden in t-shirt and shorts but need something to protect your arms from nettles and spiky stems. Price around £14. www.briersltd.co.uk

Gold Leaf Dry Touch gloves
Gold Leaf

Tough, supple and waterproof: Gold Leaf Dry Touch gloves

There are plenty of full leather gardening gloves available. Many gardeners and garden owners will own a couple of pairs of different gloves for different seasons and reasons. These Dry Touch gloves from Gold Leaf are a great autumn, winter glove, offering a waterproof treatment to the leather, so you can work outside when things are damp. They are soft and warm inside and supple and strong outside. There is a more weatherproof Winter Touch Glove and also a Tough Touch version for tougher tasks. Available for ladies and gents in just black and tan, price around £20. www.goldleaf-gloves.com.

Town & Country bamboo gloves
Town & Country premium gloves
Burgon & Ball Love the Glove
Briers Historic Royal Palaces gauntlet glove
Gold Leaf Dry Touch gloves