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Are you too busy with work to find the time to manage your garden? Do you need to tidy up and prepare your garden for the winter, but feel overwhelmed by the enormity of it all – especially when you’d rather spend the time relaxing with your family? Or have you already decided you need a gardener, but just get fed up every time you arrange for someone to come and they never arrive on time, if at all!

Having worked in the region since the beginning of 2010, local gardener and handyman, Thomas Wilkins, knows only too well the problems faced by expats, trying to find a reliable gardener who not only understands what needs to be done, but who is prepared to take on some of the less glamorous gardening jobs such as plant removal and leaf clearance. As a former project manager and consultant within the construction industry, Tom is also aware of the importance of time management and completing projects on time.

Tom told knowitall.ch, “When I arrived in Switzerland I found that many expats were looking for a reliable and competent handyman or a knowledgeable gardening service. Most people wanted someone who would turn up when they said they would and do what had been discussed without communication problems or other proposals for work that they didn’t want. If a client wants more, then I am very happy to discuss how they may develop their garden to its full potential, and will provide a fair and competitive quote for the work that will meet with their expectations on quality and time delivery.”

Tara Hester Macdonald

Photo: copyright Jean-Luc Pasquier

Have you always wanted to work in your garden but been daunted by the sheer scale of your space? Do you find trees, bulbs, shrubs and flowers a mystery? Have you been disappointed with the results in your vegetable plot? Would you like to improve your skills, knowledge and success in your garden?

If so, then you may be interested to sign up for one of the many courses being organized this Autumn at the newly-opened Swiss Gardening School.

Headed up by British-trained Horticulturalist and Garden Designer, Hester Macdonald, and her enthusiastic, self-taught gardening partner, Tara Lissner, the Swiss Gardening School aims to provide enjoyable and easy-to-follow introductory courses for gardening novices, as well as advanced courses for more experienced amateurs who would like to expand their knowledge. Course sizes are small, with between 8 and 12 participants, enabling Hester and Tara to combine group work with individualized attention. All instruction is in English.


GENEVA (other areas below)

During the month of January 2012, the voirie will pick up your Christmas tree. Before your floor is littered with needles, make sure to drop it with your waste so that it is recycled!


Throughout the month of January 2012, the garbagemen will pick up your Christmas trees on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, at the same locations as household waste throughout Geneva.


The trees must be without decorations by the road between 5h and 6h30.



This annual rose competition, Concours international de roses nouvelles de Genève, has been held every year since 1947. Of course, the roses are in their glory throughout the season so make sure to get down there before they fade.




HouseSpring is here and it's the moment to start taking care of your lawn: fertilization, scarification, and general prep! If you can't manage it yourself or don't have the time then why not try one of the local companies specializing in this kind of thing?

Casajardinia is one company that speaks your language and has lots of experience working with international clients. The company works with private individuals, local relocation companies and estate agents, offering clients a range of services for the garden and the home. Garden services extend from lawn mowing and hedge trimming, through to the installation of lights and sprinkler systems.  Work can be carried out as part of an annual maintenance contract or according to demand.