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December 2016

Our New Year Resolution: Do More Gardening

29 December 2016

It’s January 1st and with pen poised over a sheet of paper, we’re planning how we’re going to make the very best of 2017. Some of us are focused on losing weight, getting fit and becoming more active. Some are thinking about enriching our social lives, helping others, giving back to the community. Other people are bent on starting a study course, setting up a business, or facing some sort of individual challenge.

The beginning of the year is also the time when Governments send out warnings and launch campaigns to encourage people to change their behaviour for their own good. This year, Public Health England, a Government agency, has issued press releases alerting people to the impending “Middle Age Health Crisis”. It seems that eight in every 10 people aged 40 to 60 in England are overweight, drink too much or get too little exercise.

In 2016, the previously taboo subject of mental health was catapulted into the limelight with the BBC running a season of programmes called In the Mind, exploring a very wide range of mental health issues. In the same year, The Mental Health Foundation took as its theme, the role of relationships in maintaining a healthy and fulfilling life.

In these blogs, we have returned time and again to the role that gardening can play in our own wellbeing. It’s no secret that gardening is as good as, or even better, than going to the gym. Gardening helps you to lose weight and stay physically active. But research has also shown that time spent in the natural environment fosters creativity, improves mood and self-esteem. GPs are even beginning to prescribe gardening instead of medication for those suffering from depression.

Gardening with others, such as in community gardens, gives you all of the physical and mental health benefits of your own garden, as well as opportunities to make friends and get involved. Police departments and social services agencies all recognize the role of community gardening in forging local bonds, integrating diverse groups, and reducing crime.

Gardening is an escape, a feast for all of the senses and an opportunity to experience and facilitate growth. The Genus team is out there, even in the middle of winter, thermals under our gardening trousers, cosy in our gilets and busy tidying the beds.

So let’s all go for it. Let’s do even more gardening in 2017.

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Last minute gifts for gardeners: Christmas rush

17 December 2016

Don’t panic! It’s the week before Christmas and the atmosphere is getting hectic. For many of us the thought that we need to find something special for that significant somebody has just hit home, but the remaining shopping days until the big weekend have really dwindled. It suddenly feels like it’s time for that last minute present buying rush.

There is some interesting research by consumer psychologists in America that has shown how last minute gift shopping often means a better gift is bought. Apparently in last minute shopping we don’t overthink, we distill our understanding to the essence of the person we are buying for and hone in on things they will really appreciate. Many retailers are innovating to get in on the act of last minute gifting, bundling up goods in prettily wrapped parcels.These days we are lucky the internet has opened up the possibility of buying last minute gifts, and making it so much easier than tramping down to the shops and negotiating the queues. Gift tokens can even be bought up until Christmas Eve and Christmas morning.

If not over-thinking the buying, and keeping to something simple, is the key to buying a gift which is just right, then last minute gifts for gardeners need to pick up on those ideas. There are lots of last minute gift suggestions by garden writers in the daily papers and gardening columns, and similar from major garden centres. But, we’d like to suggest that the most practical, gardener-focused, gift might just be one from Genus Gardenwear! We'll be working right up to Christmas Eve, and we have a great range of Genus gardening clothes and accessories that make the perfect gift for the serious gardener in your life. We even do gift vouchers. Happy Christmas!

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Sharon Lyons, Herefordshire, England

12 December 2016

I do a lot of heavy gardening and forestry work, until now, in unsuitable clothes, usually cold and wet. I am so pleased to finally have good quality, comfortable working trousers that fit me. Thank you so much.

Mo Ingram, Auckland, New Zealand

6 December 2016

The quality of your garments is something to be proud of and delivery is impressively prompt.