Thursday February 20 2020



Gardening with Hannah Genders

Hannah Genders writes a regular gardening column in The Village magazine, bringing readers the benefits of her expertise and experience. Browse the archive of her monthly features here.


No-dig gardening
Posted on January 29 2020 at 1:23:32

Hannah Genders peers into the future of gardening.

Wildflowers of Bulgaria
Posted on October 29 2019 at 8:39:58

Hannah Genders takes a trip to the mountains.

A modern kitchen garden
Posted on September 30 2019 at 11:29:08

Hannah Genders creates an al fresco cooking area.

Healing from the hedgerow
Posted on August 30 2019 at 9:42:47

Hannah Genders meets an expert on healing plants.

In-between gardening
Posted on July 29 2019 at 12:55:36

Hannah Genders advises on garden jobs to tackle in August. 

Future of growing
Posted on June 30 2019 at 12:53:26

Hannah Genders visits two Chelsea show gardens with an educational message.

Eco, green and growing
Posted on May 30 2019 at 9:54:30

Hannah Genders reports on her latest feature at the Malvern Show.

Busy month of growing
Posted on April 29 2019 at 11:00:04

Hannah Genders explains how to get the best out of your veg, and looks forward to the Malvern Show.

Natural water swimming
Posted on March 30 2019 at 1:25:25

Hannah Genders explains the benefits of an all-natural pool.

All things green and growing
Posted on February 25 2019 at 1:44:34

Hannah Genders looks forward to another busy Malvern Show.

Why nature knows best
Posted on December 28 2018 at 12:20:14

Hannah Genders looks back over the growing year.

Orchards and community
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:04:04

Hannah Genders introduces a special project celebrating our county’s fruit-growing.

Making a woodland
Posted on February 28 2018 at 1:45:13

Hannah Genders suggests ways to create a wild garden area.

Ready for a new season
Posted on January 30 2018 at 12:26:45

Hannah Genders suggests some jobs as spring approaches.

Being bold in the garden
Posted on November 27 2017 at 11:30:18

Hannah Genders helps clients ‘go for it’ with a new design.

A time to review
Posted on October 31 2017 at 5:00:16

Hannah Genders makes plans for the coming year.

House of healing
Posted on September 29 2017 at 12:15:15

Hannah Genders visits a historic house and garden.

Perfect time for projects
Posted on August 31 2017 at 12:50:58

If you’re planning to get your garden growing again, now is the ideal month, says Hannah Genders.

The Bard’s back yard
Posted on July 31 2017 at 3:49:42

Hannah Genders visits a newly-restored garden in Stratford.

Greening grey Britain
Posted on June 30 2017 at 12:02:46

Hannah Genders explores a garden project that aims to add greenery to our urban spaces.

Top 10 at Malvern
Posted on May 30 2017 at 2:49:10

Hannah Genders reports on her experience at Malvern Show.

Just add water
Posted on April 30 2017 at 10:24:13

Hannah Genders helps create a natural lake in Burcot.

Incredible edibles
Posted on March 30 2017 at 12:39:42

Hannah Genders visits an urban food-growing project in Bristol.

Sow seeds of summer
Posted on February 27 2017 at 12:13:22

Hannah Genders suggests ways to get your garden ready for the year ahead.

Magic of Alhambra
Posted on January 30 2017 at 3:27:08

Hannah Genders tours some unusual gardens while on a cycling holiday in Spain.

A garden for Finlay
Posted on November 28 2016 at 1:27:40

Hannah Genders adds planting to a very special creative project.

The oaks of Crete
Posted on October 31 2016 at 2:26:07

Hannah Genders explores an ancient forest in the mountains.

Farm for the future
Posted on October 03 2016 at 10:48:05

Hannah Genders visits a farm that benefits the community.

Time to plan & plant
Posted on August 30 2016 at 3:51:22

Hannah Genders explains why September is a perfect month.

Penstemon power
Posted on July 31 2016 at 3:13:26

Hannah Genders revamps a sustainably-sourced garden.

Made in Chelsea
Posted on June 27 2016 at 12:34:26

Hannah Genders discovers two special show gardens.

Centre stage
Posted on May 30 2016 at 11:10:06

Hannah Genders celebrates the diversity of the Malvern Show.

Garden festival
Posted on April 30 2016 at 3:25:32

Hannah Genders prepares a stage garden for the Malvern Show.

Veg out in the garden
Posted on March 31 2016 at 11:28:36

Hannah Genders offers top tips for growing great produce this year.

A sustainable space
Posted on February 29 2016 at 3:47:14

Hannah Genders finalises one of her favourite garden projects.

Get ready for spring
Posted on January 31 2016 at 3:23:41

Hannah Genders suggests jobs that need doing in February.

Give a welcome to wildlife
Posted on December 23 2015 at 1:45:43

Hannah Genders advises on how to make gardens more diverse.

Perfect time for pruning
Posted on November 02 2015 at 1:13:58

Hannah Genders advises on how to care for soft fruit.

Sustainable living
Posted on September 29 2015 at 1:36:04

Hannah Genders revisits an eco- house and garden project.

How to make a wildflower meadow
Posted on September 01 2015 at 3:09:20

Hannah Genders offers advice on creating a biodiverse area.

Summer jobs
Posted on July 28 2015 at 2:33:38

Hannah Genders on how to care for your garden during August.

Life beyond Chelsea
Posted on June 28 2015 at 11:22:44

Hannah Genders admires gardens that will continue to delight long after the show’s over.

Garden arrival
Posted on May 28 2015 at 3:30:54

Hannah Genders shows us around her award-winning “journey garden” at the Malvern Spring Show.

Enjoy your May garden
Posted on April 29 2015 at 9:28:34

Hannah Genders gets ready for a busy month planting flowers, fruit and vegetables.

Downsizing. . .  into the garden
Posted on March 30 2015 at 10:51:12

Hannah Genders introduces one of her favourite projects – a garden to go with an eco-house.

The journey garden
Posted on February 28 2015 at 11:46:23

Hannah Genders describes the creation of a special garden for the Malvern Show.

Jobs in February
Posted on February 01 2015 at 2:12:24

Hannah Genders shares top tips to get your garden ready for the months ahead.

Christmas rose
Posted on November 27 2014 at 3:25:33

Hannah Genders shares the story behind one of her favourite flowers.

Natural swimming
Posted on October 25 2014 at 11:13:03

Hannah Genders describes the process of building a natural swimming pool.

East is. . . eats
Posted on September 29 2014 at 3:34:07

Hannah Genders checks out an innovative food-growing scheme in the city centre.

Guided only by nature
Posted on September 03 2014 at 1:28:43

Hannah Genders takes on a special garden using organic principles.

Big bike adventure
Posted on July 25 2014 at 10:26:12

Hannah Genders shares the story of her charity cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Bright young things
Posted on June 29 2014 at 10:14:33

Hannah Genders enjoys viewing the Chelsea show gardens created by young designers.

Gold standard
Posted on May 27 2014 at 2:33:17

Hannah Genders picks a favourite garden at this year’s Malvern Spring Show.

Giving something back
Posted on April 22 2014 at 1:21:15

Hannah Genders plans a cycle challenge to help small businesses in Peru and elsewhere.

Room with a view
Posted on March 21 2014 at 11:18:04

Hannah Genders oversees the construction of a wooden roundhouse.

Planting a woodland
Posted on February 20 2014 at 1:00:02

Hannah Genders describes how to add some colour and cut down on the mowing!

Get busy in the garden
Posted on January 24 2014 at 2:07:31

Hannah Genders suggests some must-do jobs for the month ahead.

Inspired by Cornish garden
Posted on November 29 2013 at 2:04:20

Hannah Genders visits a woodland garden full of sub-tropical planting.

A very English show
Posted on October 21 2013 at 2:00:22

Hannah Genders revels in the sights and sounds of a traditional country fair.

Top trees for colour
Posted on September 20 2013 at 1:15:34

Hannah Genders makes a list of her favourites.

Butterfly borders
Posted on August 19 2013 at 1:14:47

Hannah Genders plans a biodiverse wildlife haven.

Chelsea celebrates
Posted on June 27 2013 at 2:04:44

Hannah Genders picks out three of her favourites at Chelsea Flower Show.

Using the woodland
Posted on May 20 2013 at 11:59:19

Hannah Genders describes the work that went into her latest garden.

The magic of Malvern
Posted on April 21 2013 at 1:37:17

Hannah Genders plans a sustainable garden for the Spring Show.

Natural nuptials
Posted on March 16 2013 at 3:29:27

Hannah Genders visits a nursery supplying organic wedding flowers as well as veg.

Sowing and growing
Posted on February 16 2013 at 11:58:17

Hannah Genders gives some hints on growing veg in a crop rotation system.

Art of Zen gardening
Posted on January 20 2013 at 2:33:38

Hannah Genders is inspired by an Oriental garden in Yorkshire.

Eco house fruition
Posted on November 20 2012 at 2:48:11

Hannah Genders completes her work on a major garden design project in Lyme Regis.

Growing healthy options
Posted on October 22 2012 at 11:56:56

Hannah Genders works with local schoolchildren to promote the joys of producing your own food.

My fruit garden
Posted on September 17 2012 at 2:03:24

Hannah Genders provides an update on her new plot . . .

The rose man
Posted on August 19 2012 at 12:42:25

Hannah Genders chats to ‘The Rose Man’ of Alvechurch in his colourful garden.

The soul of Chelsea
Posted on June 27 2012 at 11:26:12

Hannah Genders discovers Jubilee exhibits and a special charity garden at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.

Rules of attraction
Posted on May 18 2012 at 2:23:37

Hannah Genders advises on ways to bring bees and butterflies to the garden.

Seeds of the future. . .
Posted on April 20 2012 at 2:12:00

Hannah Genders gets involved in an exotic project in the name of charity.

My April vegetable garden
Posted on March 23 2012 at 9:56:35

Hannah Genders takes us through her plans for growing plenty of vegetables this spring.

A hidden gem
Posted on February 18 2012 at 11:46:38

Hannah Genders introduces a secret garden concealed in the heart of London.

New year, new project
Posted on January 18 2012 at 2:50:22

Hannah Genders looks forward to work on an exciting commission.

The humble holly
Posted on November 24 2011 at 3:00:23

Hannah Genders explores the traditions of this festive foliage.

Natural play
Posted on October 21 2011 at 1:19:06

Hannah Genders helps youngsters to get away from the screen and into the great outdoors.

A courtyard transformed
Posted on September 17 2011 at 11:18:31

Hannah Genders shares the tale of a dramatic makeover for an enclosed garden.

Divide and rule
Posted on August 25 2011 at 1:41:26

Hannah Genders explains the best way to revitalise your perennials at the start of autumn.

Chelsea style
Posted on June 30 2011 at 3:23:18

Hannah Genders picks her favourites from this year’s Chelsea show gardens.

Golden garden
Posted on May 20 2011 at 1:40:25

Hannah Genders sees all the hard work pay off as her design wins gold at Malvern.

My Malvern tribute
Posted on April 17 2011 at 12:43:30

Hannah Genders designs a very special show garden in memory of her mum.

Growing with kids
Posted on March 20 2011 at 9:22:33

Hannah Genders describes a schools project that encourages children to grow produce.

Update your planting
Posted on February 20 2011 at 2:54:33

Hannah Genders revisits one of her previous projects and offers advice on maintaining an attractive garden.

Awards for Tree of Life
Posted on January 15 2011 at 2:34:49

Hannah Genders continues the story of an award-winning charity garden.

Berry Christmas!
Posted on November 19 2010 at 3:01:17

Hannah Genders celebrates some of the colourful plants that brighten our gardens at this time of year.

Plotting a potager
Posted on October 18 2010 at 5:42:58

Hannah Genders plans the creation of a decorative vegetable garden.

Autumn colour
Posted on September 17 2010 at 5:27:22

Hannah Genders finds some autumnal inspiration at a display garden.

Community gardening
Posted on August 10 2010 at 5:19:14

Hannah Genders looks to the future of food production, from English villages to urban America.

Chelsea’s winners
Posted on June 21 2010 at 4:11:43

Hannah Genders enjoys the heat of competition at England’s top flower show.

Border control
Posted on May 15 2010 at 1:10:53

Hannah Genders explains how to create a cottage garden border full of colour. 

Getting going on growing
Posted on April 16 2010 at 6:19:10

Try growing your own veg – you’ll soon be hooked, writes Hannah Genders.

Help schools get growing
Posted on March 16 2010 at 5:08:10

Hannah Genders gets involved with an educational initiative . . .

Early days . . .
Posted on February 12 2010 at 9:14:10

Hannah Genders waits to see what surprises her new garden will spring.

Tree of Life
Posted on January 17 2010 at 8:45:10

Hannah Genders sees a very special garden project come nearer to completion.

Woody wonders
Posted on November 15 2009 at 9:49:10

Hannah Genders wanders among a few of her favourite trees.

New house, new garden
Posted on October 20 2009 at 7:17:10

Hannah Genders plans to take her time as she gets to know the growing conditions around her new home.