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Why gardening is better than the gym

Gardening is not only good for your soul, it's also a great way to burn off calories in the winter months. For some people, a spot of gardening is their main form of exercise, and the average gardener can burn...
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Chelsea is here, so give it the chop!

The Chelsea show is now upon us. Fantastic.

The other thing that gardener’s turn their attention to at this time of year as well, is the “Chelsea chop”. We’ll be out in the garden (probably after coming back from Chelsea) and...
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Easter gardening and 10,000 eggs

It’s Easter! This is traditionally the busiest period for gardening businesses. A spell of good weather at Easter brings gardeners with all kinds of interests and all kinds of skills out and about, not only pottering about their own gardens...
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Galanthomania – A Mystery

The snowdrops are out en masse in the Genus garden. Carpeting banks in the woodland garden they bring a little spot of liveliness into the otherwise bleakness of late winter. Snowdrops are indeed lovely, but why they inspire otherwise well-adjusted...
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National Flowers of the UK

Each member country of Great Britain has its own national flower. Here is a brief introduction to each:

England – the Rose

The rose has represented England since the 1400s when the Houses of York and Tudor...

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Sending Flowers to Your Man

Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us and thoughts are turning to gifts for our loved one. Flowers are always a popular choice, and the relationship between flowers and love goes back thousands of years.

In the Song of Songs, the rose...
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Last minute gifts for gardeners: Christmas rush

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...

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HOMEMADE CHRISTMAS FROM THE GARDEN

One of the very best things about Christmas is the gift giving, and how much nicer if those gifts come from the heart as homemade treats? The garden is a great source of material for unique homemade gifts. That’s what...

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KEEPING WARM IN THE GARDEN AS WINTER DRAWS CLOSER

It’s been chilly in the Genus garden this week, we think that autumn 2016 has probably arrived at last. The leaves have properly started to turn from green to their autumn livery and have begun to fall across the lawn....
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A GARDENING BUCKET LIST: 6 GARDEN MUST SEES AND MUST HAVES

The Genus new edition gardening trousers come in three beautiful new colours. This is something that we have always wanted, and something that our customers have been asking us for. It's been the work of a couple of years to...

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GETTING THE GARDEN READY FOR AUTUMN: THE LAVENDER PRUNING DEBATE

This week we went along to the Bibury Gardening Club, which meets once a month, and is always a great place to socialise with other keen gardeners as well as pick up the latest gardening news. Paul Gray head gardener...
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GARDENING LEAVE AND PRESERVING FRUIT LIQUEUR

The last few weeks have been such a very busy time for Genus, the big push for our trade stand at Hampton Court show, then running our Summer Sale as well as working on getting the new Autumn Winter 2016...
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Gardeners! Stay safe in the sun

We have already noticed what a barbeque summer 2017 in the UK is turning out to be, and the two heatwaves we experienced in recent weeks were unusual in their heat and duration. Today however, the whole country is...

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GENUS AT HAMPTON COURT FLOWER SHOW

Well what an unusual month June has been this year. In many parts of the country gardeners have been dealing with wet and cold and un-summer like conditions. June 2016 has also been the month when the country made the...
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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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