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WIDENING DIVERSITY IN HORTICULTURE

It has been an interesting year at Chelsea. The media has not just focused on the flowers. A spotlight has been shone on the people involved as gardeners and garden designers.

Widening engagement and diversity, in other words ensuring that the...
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Gardening blogs

Woooooh! Spring seems to have sprung and suddenly there seems to be even less time in the day to get everything done than ever before. This last month has whizzed by: there has been the wakening Genus garden...

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Garden shows and flower festivals for gardeners

It has been a few weeks since the last Genus blog. You won’t be surprised to hear that’s because we have been really busy, not just in the Genus garden, but also processing and sending out a huge number of...

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Wellbeing and disabled gardeners

This weekend saw us pass the spring Equinox, one of two days in the year when the day and night are equally long. Day length is now on it’s way to stretching longer than 12 hours. That can only...

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Water, water, it's still there: Gardeners continue to deal with flooded gardens and waterlogging

We have already blogged about climate change and flooding in December, but the subject just won’t go away. We have been really keen to get out and start the late winter preparations for a new growing season but...

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Developing clothes for gardeners

Well it looks like 2016 is going to be a great year for Genus. There are lots of exciting developments on the horizon. This week we have been busy visiting the ISPO trade show in Munich. This is an amazing industry...

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Flowers out of season: Daffodils in December, Magnolia in January

The British winter this year has been warm as well as wet. October, November and December have all been unseasonably warm. October was around 0.5 degrees warmer and was also a drier than average month, but November and December broke...

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Gardening at the office

We are drawing close to the end of the gardening year. The Genus garden is being tidied up and put to bed for the winter. The long days pottering and working outside are replaced with a bit more time...

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Window boxes lifting the soul

Genus founder Sue began gardening in miniature in her London flat using planters and window boxes as a route to releasing her gardening passion. There’s lots that can be done container gardening in...

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Urban harvest: Gardeners share their bounty

The autumn this year is turning into a long and colourful affair. The flowering season in the Genus garden still continues into October and some of the fruit trees, particularly...

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Brilliant harvest managers: The WI centenary

It may be disappointing to have suffered another wet and dismal August Bank Holiday, but the recent rain does mean that some of the vegetables and fruit in the Genus...

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Garden fashion: People, British plants and performance products

Fashion is not just about clothes. There are garden fashions too. Plants and planting styles that gardeners of all sorts fall in love with and get carried away by. Genus visits to flower and gardening shows this year...

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Gardening clothes or clothes from the garden? Chelsea and the Chelsea Fringe

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That's it then. The third week in May has arrived, the Chelsea Fringe starts and the real excitement of Chelsea week begins! One of the many new gardening programmes on TV this year has contributed to whetting our appetites:...

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Summer gardening is here!

Summer is definitely here.  Even though this year has felt a little cooler than average (perhaps because of the weak El Niño we are experiencing...

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What do you wear when you garden? Old clothes or birthday suit?

The Genus team was recently busy at the Kew Plant Finders Fair.  One of the ways we engaged with customers was to ask them more about what they wore when they were gardening. ...

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National Gardening Week gets going

The gardening trousers have hardly come off over the last week!  We’ve been busy, busy, busy in the Genus garden because spring has sprung, there is grass to cut, seeds to sow, seedlings to...

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Gardeners Grow Wild flowers!

Just like ourselves in the Genus garden, we know many gardeners who spend a lot of time choosing flowers they hope are going to perform really well in the conditions...

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Signs of Spring get gardeners going

So the Spring equinox has arrived, the time when the day and night are equally long, and we know we are moving towards the longer days...

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Hori hori knife

One of our customers from the United States told us that she regularly uses a hori hori knife.  I don't know anyone here in the UK who uses one, but I thought I'd like to try it.  So...

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An ode to Holly and the hori hori knife

The hori hori knife all round gardening tool from Japan

Genus is all about performance. We also pride ourselves on great customer service, enjoying conversations with our customers about their...

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Roses for Valentines are not the only blooms

Want to stand out this Valentines? British grown spring flowers are gaining in popularity over imported roses

We have noticed a bit of a push in the gardening community recently...

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