The Gardening Community

Jill and the team of volunteer gardeners

We received this lovely contribution from Jill Stewart and we sent her a £50 voucher to spend at Genus.

Sulgrave Manor in Northamptonshire is the ancestral home of George Washington with a rather lovely garden and a great gardening team of...

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Andy Adams in Genus

Catherine sent us this picture showing her husband wearing Genus from top to toe, along with a description of his gardening life. In return, we sent her a voucher for a £50 discount off any item in the Genus range.  We welcome more...
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The RHS Malvern Spring Festival

Nestled under a backdrop of the stunning Malvern hills, The RHS Malvern Spring Festival is a fabulous way to kick off the garden show season.  With ample on-site parking and a large well organised site, it’s a...

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Marion Ackrill - Volunteer Park Ranger and Genus Customer

Marion sent us this picture showing her wearing Genus Gardening Trousers, and a description of her work as a Volunteer Park Ranger in Headington Hill Park, Oxford.  In return, we sent her a voucher for a £50 discount off any...

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Catherine in Cumbria

We're constantly impressed by what Genus customers get up to in our gear.  From creating incredible orchards, landscapes and allotments, to using them on archaeological digs.

Last week, we received a lovely email from Catherine in Cumbria.  She's training for...
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The Garden at Rugg Farm

Don’t try using the front door at Rugg Farm; plants are the doorkeepers here barring your access to the 200-year-old farmhouse and giving a clue as to what can be expected in this two acre garden.  Plants,...

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The Garden at Plumley House

Entering through the gates at Plumley House the first things you see are huge granite boulders of monumental proportions deposited there at the end of the last ice age.  Time is relative of course.  Several millenia...

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The Garden Near Bridgnorth

An 18th century farmhouse with beautiful mixed borders and an exceptional range of roses.

As you turn into the driveway of Susanna’s home near Bridgenorth the mid 18th century red brick Georgian farmhouse with pillared portico...

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The Garden at Follyfield Cottage

Ruth and Neale Brydon had to wait eight years to find the perfect garden.  After an eight-year spell working in the United States Ruth longed to return to the UK and have a proper English garden in...

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The Garden at Rocklands

The gentle approach to Mary and John Thurston’s home ‘Rocklands’ in Gloucestershire is via a serpentine metalled driveway that weaves gently through camelias, rhododendrons, and mature sweet chestnuts.  Access to the house, an attractive stuccoed villa of...

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The Garden off the High Street

An 18th century townhouse with a mature beautifully laid out garden with an exceptional plant palette.

Jill and William Stewart have lived at their home near Towcester for 40 years and the High Street location...

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Gardening - a spiritual experience?

In her 1913 collection of poems, Dorothy Frances Gurney wrote,

The kiss of the sun for pardon,

The song of the birds for mirth,

One is nearer God's Heart in a garden

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Oasis in the Sky

With careful planning, you can create a green haven on your balcony that’s full of scent and colour.

First, it’s important to check how much weight your balcony can take, whether it’s waterproof and if it has drainage.  It’s also...

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Grow Your Own on a Balcony

With a national lockdown and supermarkets depleted, producing your own fruit and vegetables has more appeal than ever.  And there’s so much you can grow in the smallest of spaces.

There’s nothing like freshly picked salad leaves, which grow well...

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Women in the Garden

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and with the shops filling up with cards and flowers it got us thinking about the relationship between women and gardening.  I suppose it’s a bit like food – the top chefs tend...
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Our New Year resolution:do more gardening

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 2020.  Some of us are focused on losing weight, getting fit and becoming more active.  Some are...
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Christmas gifts for gardeners

It’s getting to look a lot like that time of year! We have been really busy here in the Genus packing shed over the last week, as the rush to get gardeners their great gifts of performance gardening...

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Forget yoga, try gardening this winter

Exercise addicts are always trying to convince us of the benefits of yoga – increased flexibility, stronger joints and bones and a relaxed body and mind. But did you know that 30 – 45 minutes of gardening a...

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Five inspiring ideas for your roof garden

Gardens don’t have to be at ground-level: there are plenty of city dwellers making the most of their available space by creating picture-perfect gardens on rooftops and balconies. Here are five ideas for your roof garden that are sure...

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Autumn colour therapy

We have written a number of blogs about how great gardening is for improving gardener’s general levels of health and fitness.  Our health and wellbeing though, is not just a physical thing.  There are many aspects of our health which...

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Gardening and the five senses

Gardening is renowned for its therapeutic benefits, helping you to feel more relaxed, alleviating symptoms of stress and depression and allowing you to enjoy nature. In Japan, gardens are designed specifically to delight each of your five senses,...

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