Anti-UV Sleeves for Gardeners

Here’s a product I saw at a trade show and that I thought many gardeners would appreciate: a slip-on anti-UV sleeve you could wear when gardening. It protects against sunburn and skin cancer when you’re out in the sun.

True enough, you could also put on a long-sleeved shirt and get about the same protection. But if you’re in short sleeves that day, you wouldn’t need to change. Or you could slather on sunscreen, but who actually enjoys sticky, greasy sunscreen? Also, the material used has a cooling effect, wicking moisture away from the body, so you’ll feel cooler than with either a long-sleeved shirt or sunscreen. 

Also, using it would be so simple! You could simply hang a pair by the back door next to your sun hat and garden gloves as part of your sun protection gardening paraphernalia.

One size fits all and the sleeve gives 50+ UV protection. You even get a bit of protection from biting insects, scratches and scrapes.

Slip on the sleeves before you slip out to garden. Photo:

The product I saw was called IceRays and comes from Australia, but there appear to be other brands. 

I see that Gardener’s Supply Company (USA) now carries them and you’d probably be able to find anti-UV sleeves in a sports store near you (they’re mostly being marketed to athletes, like tennis players, golfers and cyclists). If not, look on-line where I saw plenty of sources!

Just thought you’d like to know!

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. After studies at the University of Toronto and Laval University where he obtained his B.A. in modern languages in 1978, he succeeded in combining his language skills with his passion for gardening in a novel career as a garden writer and lecturer. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He is a regular contributor to and horticultural consultant for Fleurs, Plantes, Jardins garden magazine and has written for many other garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Rebecca’s Garden and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 50 other titles in English and French. He can be seen in Quebec on French-language television and was notably a regular collaborator for 7 years on the TV shows Fleurs et Jardins and Salut Bonjour Weekend. He is the President of the Garden Writers Association Foundation and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. An avid proponent of garden tourism, he has lead garden tours throughout Canada and to the gardens of over 30 countries over the last 30 years. He presently resides in Quebec City, Quebec.

7 comments on “Anti-UV Sleeves for Gardeners

  1. Without knowing it, you just made a huge difference in my husband’s life. Thank you.

  2. John Wilson

    These sleeves are also used by hikers and cyclists. One widely available brand is Outdoor Research. They can be ordered direct from their Canadian website, so no import duties or taxes:
    A version that has a cooling feature for real hot days:
    These are shown as mens, but are really unisex sizing. They are also available in different colours for those so inclined…🙂

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