The perfect outdoor apparel for gardens and homesteads

Outdoor activities in the yard and garden are more enjoyable, more efficient, and safer when wearing suitable attire. Fortunately, there are sturdy and stylish shoes, boots, gloves and hats that are designed specifically to protect you from water, dirt, thorns and sun.

Here’s a look at what to wear when you’re in the yard and garden—and anytime you’re in the “great outdoors.”


Fun waterproof shoes are perfect for leaving at the back door

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Spring Surprise shoe and boot from Sloggers

Nobody likes wet shoes or cold feet. That’s why waterproof Sloggers® shoes and boots have become America’s favorite backdoor shoes. Just leave them at the backdoor and slip them on when you go outside to work in the garden. The colorful new Spring Surprise print features bright flowers and a happy little inch worm on a background of either blue or black. A pair of spring-inspired shoes is sure to make working in the garden, walking the dog or running errands in the rain a lot more fun.

Sloggers footwear is made from odorless, medical grade materials. The deep-lug treads give the made-in-America shoes excellent traction in water and mud. Every pair includes the exclusive “All-Day Comfort Insoles” that give Sloggers® the reputation for high comfort. The boots and shoes slip on easily because there are no laces to tie or clips to fasten. Clean-up is easy—just hose them off!

Women’s shoes and boots are available in full sizes from 6 to 11. Sloggers® shoes sell for $29.99 and boots sell for $39.99 in fine garden stores and online at  


Heavy-duty gloves provide protection and style

Gauntlet Gardening Glove

Gauntlet Gardening Gloves from Park Seed

Protecting your hands and arms from thorns and sharp branches is important when you’re pruning roses or other prickly bushes and shrubs. These gauntlet-style gloves provide protection, comfort and dexterity—all while being very attractive and stylish. The gloves feature a lightweight, synthetic leather padded palm and reinforced fingertips, and they offer ample protection against thorns and abrasive surfaces. The wide synthetic suede cuffs fit comfortably over long sleeves, so they’re ideal for anyone who spends a lot of time in the yard and garden.

Gauntlet Gardening Gloves are made of a supple, breathable fabric that allows you to perform all kinds of outdoor tasks with ease as your hands are protected from cuts and bruises. They are as comfortable as they are hard-working. And when they get dirty, they can be machine washed on a gentle cycle and line dried.

Gauntlet Gardening Gloves are available in two sizes—medium and large. Medium gloves fit sizes 6½ to 8 (which fits most hands), while large gloves fit sizes 8½ and over. Each pair sells for $35.95 from Park Seed, 800-292-4769,


Sun hat provides 50+ UPF protection

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Women’s Braided Sun Hat from Sloggers

Working out in the sun during the summer heat can take its toll on even the toughest women. Fortunately, the right sun hat can make all the difference. The Women’s Braided Sun Hat from Sloggers provides all-day protection from the hot sun. This sturdy hat has a UPF rating of 50+ by a reputable sun care laboratory– the maximum sun protection rating available.

Not only does the hat protect you from the sun, but it looks great, too. The wide brim is nicely shaped—not too stiff and not too floppy. The handy wind lanyard keeps the hat snugly on your head, even on the windiest days in the garden.  The Women’s Braided Sun Hat comes in dark brown and light brown, and it sells for $24.99 in fine stores and