Caroline Donald, in the Sunday Times, picks the best in horti couture to get you outside, however bad the weather
She says, "Genus's showerproof gardening trousers are fantastically practical and comfortable; I have hardly taken them off all week."
Helen Yemm is a big fan of Genus. Last year she bought a pair of our 3-Season Gardening Trousers and this year she has fallen for our 3-Season Gardening Gilet. Here is what she had to say about it in her Pick of the Week in the Gardening Section of the Daily Telegraph on Saturday, 5 March 2016..
Definitely not a hand tool, but the Genus 3-Season Gardening Trousers have made it into Saga magazine and Tiffany Daneff's list of must-have kit for gardening.
Avid readers of the Genus blog will be familiar with the story of our founder Sue and the boundless passion she has poured into transforming a once rambling and overgrown Cotswold garden into the showpiece it is today. It was through this labour of love that Sue recognised the screaming need for better gear to keep serious gardeners cosy and presentable through all seasons, and the seed of Genus was planted.
Leading regional lifestyle magazine Cotswold Life got wind of Sue’s story and were so interested in the woman behind both the Genus brand and her extraordinary garden they sent along reporter Mandy Bradshaw to find out more.
Sue picks up the story; “having only taken up gardening seriously with my move from London to the Cotswolds in 2009, I’m just incredibly thrilled to be featured in Cotswold Life. It’s a real honour. Although we gardeners tend to be a modest bunch, secretly we all thrive on getting compliments about our gardens, especially from people like Mandy who really know their stuff.”
As well as detailing many of the varieties in the Genus garden the story also covers Sue’s thrill in developing her pond which now boasts lots of wildlife, with the newts being a favourite; “you just put water in and you get life. It’s fantastic.”
We recommend you all rush to the newsstands now and pick up the October edition of Cotswold Life to find out more.
The hori hori knife is causing quite a stir. The latest devotee is The Lady who accorded it their Product of the Week in the magazine of Friday 3 July 2015.
Genus is definitely instigating a hori hori revolution. This brilliant Japanese soil digging knife is taking the horticultural world by storm.
Since March, Genus has had a brilliant run in the press with coverage in 9 magazines!
My Weekly kicked off by featuring the Genus 3-Season Gardening Trousers for Women as a Best Buy.
Then, on 12 March, the Gloucester Citizen devoted a whole page to Genus and how we started the business.
In April, ProLandscaper featured our new Japanese tools products, the hori hori knife and the Sokan secateurs.
Also in April, Genus had a brilliant piece in Kitchen Garden which extolled the virtues of our 3-Season Gardening Trousers.
Still in April, Garden Trade Specialist gave Genus a great spot in their roundup of new garden products.
The Lady followed in May with our Summer Trousers getting their first press exposure.
Then, Saga Magazine, in their Gardening Extra feature in June, raved about the hori hori knife. So many people bought the knife in the days following that we ran out of stock. More knives are on their way from Japan as we write.
Garden Centre Retail followed in June with a whole page feature on clothing in garden centres. Both images are of Genus trousers and the coloured box in the centre focuses on Genus.
To bring us up to date, Country Homes and Interiors, in their July issue, interviewed Sue O'Neil as their "Favourite Gardenwear Expert". Goodness, Genus is getting around.
A big thanks to Jane Southcott, our brilliant PR, for all this brillliant press coverage, and to all the journalists who believe in the Genus concept.
Tamsin Westhorpe has never worn gardening trousers before, but trials the Genus Original Gardening Trousers for the March 2015 issue of The English Garden and is completely won over!