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…

An Oxford botanist’s top 10 most fascinating plants

There are unusual plants to be found the world over… And many of these unusual plants are hidden in the deepest reaches of the earth’s rich wilderness. Dr Chris Thorogood, Head of Science and Public Engagement at the University of Oxford’s Botanic Garden & Harcourt Arboretum, has a special interest in the speciation of parasitic…

5 amazing bonsai trees to give a zen garden feel!

Zen gardens and bonsai are always a big favourite. Bonsai trees, in particular, have the ability to bring one into a zen-like state with just a gaze. As Mr. Miyagi knows, they go great in any zen garden, as they bring a peaceful vibe into the surrounding landscape.  Cultivation of bonsai trees is a long…

10 reasons why you should grow an insect eating plant!

Insect-eating plants have always been a fascination of mine, and they are often the first plant that children want to grow. However, the Venus Fly Trap is usually the chosen one. But, have you ever seen a Pitcher Plant?? Yes, it’s a real plant, not just an extra from the Little Shop of Horrors! I’m…

The story behind the flower that amazed the world!

There are a very few plants as jaw-dropping as these blue Hibiscus! You’ll probably be used to seeing the usual pinks and reds, but these flowers are a very unexpected colour! This blue metallic sheen has come about thanks to one of the biggest breeding breakthroughs in the plant world! The man behind this amazing…

My favourite plants by Cody Worden

“My love for plants started at a very early age in my grandfather’s garden. It was such a joy to plant different vegetables and watch them grow as I spent hour upon hour bonding with my late grandfather. As the years progressed, I found myself working in a plant nursery where I was exposed to…

Why botanical illustration is a science all of its own

Why do plants fascinate so many of us? What is it that drives us to this persistent desire for the natural world. Obsessed with plants of all kinds, whether that be the exquisite elegance of an exotic species, a simple succulent, or a humble lichen creeping across a rock. They never disappoint, and always deliver…

The Haphazard Gardener Does Houseplants

Contrary to how it seems, houseplants were not discovered by millenials! In fact, wind back 30 years and you’ll find that shelves were heaving with Spathiphyllum, Spider Plants and more. Katharine Crouch refers to herself as the ‘Haphazard Gardener’, but this does her an injustice. In 1999, she won BBC Gardener of the Year! Way…

Here’s how you can take your first ‘forest bath’!

Practicing mindfulness techniques in a natural environment can be made easy using simple and easy methods. Simply listening, taking the time to really examine a tree and get to know it and creating artistic patterns using natural materials can be simple and easy for anyone and everyone to do. This is all part of the…

How to 3D carve your own pumpkin!

A trip to the pumpkin patch has become an annual event, being scribbled onto the calendar alongside the December Christmas Tree hunt, and June strawberry picking trip! But once you’ve got your pumpkin, what will you carve? Why not try something a little more ambitious this year? Expert 3D pumpkin carver, Simon McMinnis, has put…