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…

The story behind my tattoos

I was having tattoos done before it was even trendy you know. My first tattoo was chosen from one of those giant albums you find in old skool tattoo parlours. I was 18, and fixated on getting a tattoo with my first pay packet from my first job. I still don’t know how uber shy,…

These life-like paper flowers will blow your mind

We all know that, no matter how many techniques we try, cut flowers will only last so long. And if it’s longevity you’re after, paper flowers could be one of your options. Artificial flowers are becoming increasingly popular as a beautiful long lasting alternative to fresh flowers, either for your home decor, wedding or any…

An easy way to get kids into gardening

There are those of us who like to appreciate plants from afar, and some who like to get our hands dirty. When it comes to kids, I think it’s safe to say that most of them prefer the latter. Hands up if you ever made mud pies when you were younger! While it’s easy to…

Your top 10 favourite floral paintings

We all have our definitions of what art is. For some, it’s Tracey Emin’s ‘My Bed’ or Damien Hirst’s ‘Mother and Child (Divided)’. For others it might be Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’. But whatever your preference, I think most of us can agree that a plant geek’s favourite art has to include floral paintings…

Win 1 of 5 PlantGrow Natural Fertiliser packages

You might have read about PlantGrow, gardening’s new natural phenomenon, in a previous article from me – but how about the chance to win it? I’m giving away five sets of PlantGrow‘s amazing organic fertiliser – the perfect friend to your garden, and to wildlife, pets and children. PlantGrow is made from 100% plants through…

Drag queens and daylilies

A couple of Saturdays ago at the Allen Centennial Garden at University of Wisconsin-Madison, a merging of drag queen culture and horticulture took place! Drag Queens and Daylilies saw queens Lucy von Cucci and Miss Diana working with ACG Staff, Ben Futa (Director) and Elin Meliska (Programs and Community Engagement), to make plants cool and accessible to their…

Could gardening be your ‘ikigai’?

Have you discovered your ‘ikigai’? This Japanese concept, said to have orginated in Okinawa (which has the world’s largest population of centenarians), is all about finding an activity which fuels your passion, gives you energy, and provides a sense of contentment. It could be the reason why Okinawans live so long! The word itself is…

Who’s your favourite hot fictional gardener?

From Jon Snow to Harvey Specter, we’ve all had a little bit of a crush on a TV or film character. But what about the gardeners of the silver screen? It’s safe to say there are a few who would send a shiver up one’s Rubus cockburnianus. In this post, I talk about who’s on my…

The top 5 floral book covers

Thanks to the popularity of my floral album covers post, I’ve decided to put together a post dedicated to floral book covers. This is my homage to the literary world and the designers who use flowers as their inspiration. Some of these covers are special editions, some are originals, but all are really striking in…