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…

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,…

10 awesome Christmas gifts for gardeners (from the experts)

These days, with so many gift ideas available at the click of a button, we’re often overwhelmed when it comes to buying Christmas gifts for gardeners. Therefore, I decided to make it easier for you by reaching out to my network of Plant Geeks, and asking them what they would love for Christmas 2018! Here…

Discovering the plant matrix

Have you ever wondered whether the events of a film could actually come true? Well, that’s what happened for Mrs. Bloom, AKA Ann McCarron. Ann is a qualified horticulturist and experienced community gardener from Northern Ireland. A self-confessed plant nerd, Ann posts regularly about plants, produce and more over on her Facebook page. Here, she…

Heavenly herbs from seed to scoffin’ ‘em

If you’re starting to ‘grow your own’, herbs are a great place to begin! In May 2014, aged 8, George was crowned RHS Young School Gardener of the Year in the RHS Campaign for School Gardening’s competition. In October 2015, George was made the first RHS Young Ambassador in order to inspire other children to…

Going plastic-free: The gardening edition

I think I can speak for all of us when I say that we should all be using less plastic. From un-recyclable coffee cups to single-use cutlery, there are so many every day items that could be replaced for a more eco-friendly alternative. Thousands upon thousands of tonnes of plastic are being dumped every year…

Keeping bees buzzing in winter

If you’re wondering ‘what happens to bees in winter?’, well, they don’t just go away. Although they’re not as prevalent in UK gardens as they are in summer, our black and yellow friends are still alive and well. They may be spending more time huddling in their hives than buzzing about your Buddleia, but it’s…

Tips and tricks for your Christmas plants (and Christmas Tree!)

There’s enough stress over Christmas without having to worry about your plants, too. However, just like needy house guests, they will need your attention too! However, this year, let me lend you a helping hand with my ‘Christmas Plant Tips and Tricks’. Grow the freshest Christmas Tree, keep your Poinsettia gleaming, and train your Amaryllis…

Greenfingers charity to benefit from Weird & Wacky Plant tour in 2019!

I have had a great year sharing my lifelong plant obsession with enthralled audiences, giving 14 Weird & Wacky Plant Shows around the globe. Audiences from Canada to Japan have been wowed by some of the world’s wackiest plants, and they even got to try some weird tastes for themselves. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed celebrating the…

Could a white Poinsettia be the must-have plant this Christmas?

There has been a definite shift within the last few years, and houseplants are totally on trend right now, something my 10 year old self would be so pleased to see! However, where does that leave ‘gifting plants’, which are usually flowering indoor plants, and sometimes presented in a wicker basket with a bow… Furthermore,…