Finalist in the UK Blog Awards 2019

You might have seen me asking you to vote for mrplantgeek.com in the UK Blog Awards 2019 – well, I’m pleased to say that I’m a finalist! Thanks to the fabulous readers of this blog, I’m one of the top 8 in the Nature & Wildlife category. This means that I’ll go through to the…

Your December Plant Geek magazine is here!

WELCOME to the first new look Plant Geek magazine, featuring new colours in Poinsettia, winter flowers for bees, plastic-free gardening, our Plant of the Month, and lots more!   The centre button can make the magazine full screen and larger for you to read. Use the arrows to turn the pages forwards or backwards. On…

It’s Michael

I think I’m comfortable with referring to myself as the ultimate plant geek- as my obsession with plants has been persisting for over 30 years now, and shows no sign of letting up! I have been responsible for introducing hundreds of new plants into the UK, most notably novelties such as the Egg and Chips plant and the Fuchsia Berry! Despite…

Watch and win with Michael’s Garden World

There are so many exciting gardening and plant-related products on Michael’s Garden World this month – and I’m giving you all the opportunity for one lucky person to win one pack during each show! To enter, all you need to do is tune in to Michael’s Garden World on QVC (see the schedule here), and…

4 ways to help winter birds thrive

Winter is a key time to provide for the birds in your garden, and the team at Bernini Fountains have just released a pretty nifty invention for your garden or balcony. It’s a 4 in 1 bird guest house, for drinking, feeding, bathing and nesting! It’s the Bernini Bird Bathe and Water Feature. Designed at…

Plant-based foods to eat for Veganuary 2019

Going vegan is easier than you think – it just requires making a few conscious decisions about the way you eat and live. If you’re going vegan for Veganuary, you might be wondering what kinds of food you’re able to eat. I’m going to start you off with five delicious and highly nutritious plant-based foods…

January highlights on QVC TV

I’ll soon be back on your screens with my gardening show on QVC TV! ‘Michael’s Garden World’ returns on Saturday 5th January at 9am, and we then have a whole month of gardening products and information for viewers new and old, and I hope you’ll join us! All the big brands will be back; from…

How to attract 7 different types of wildlife into our gardens

Aside from the usual resolutions we see each year – quit smoking, lose weight, travel more – there is one thing that should be on more New Year’s resolution lists, and that’s loving and looking after our wildlife (tell me your resolutions in the comments below!). It may not seem like it at first glance,…

A visit to Bangkok’s special plant market

I had heard a few whispers about a special plant market in Thailand, with people calling it the best plant show of the year. They described rows and rows of tropical plants and sumptuous exotics, not to mention some of the world’s most collectable cacti. I planned to go last time I was ‘in this…

How to work the Pantone Colour of the Year 2019 into your garden

Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2019 is Living Coral. This happy-but-calming shade can be worked into your closet, home decor and even your food (yes really), but how do you work with it in your garden? Here are some ideas on how to incorporate the colour into your back yard to make it super trendy….

How is maple syrup made?

It’s 17th December, which is National Maple Syrup Day! If you love this rich, sweet, gooey plant product, you may wonder how it’s made and where it comes from. Read on to find out! Where does maple syrup come from? Maple syrup comes from, as the name suggests, maple trees. If you live in the…

Mr Plant Geek recognised in the Garden Media Guild Awards

It’s always a wonderful thing to be recognised for your work, and this week I found out that I was a finalist in the Garden Media Guild (GMG) Awards!  Founded in 1991, the Garden Media Guild is the national organisation of professional communicators associated with the garden industry. The Garden Media Guild Awards celebrate the best…

5 ways plants will help you get a better night’s sleep

Sleep is something many of us can admit that we don’t get enough of. But did you know that there are plants to help you sleep? Guest poster Sarah Cummings is a sleep expert. She writes regularly for Sleep Advisor, which is a website geared towards helping you achieve the best shut eye possible. Here,…