Spring has officially arrived in Geneva: on Friday, March 13, the first bloom of the year appeared on the city’s Marronnier officiel de la Treille. Along with the Marronnier officiel, the season’s daffodils, primroses, and crocuses are making their debut across the canton.

Image credit: Tribune de Genève

Image credit: Tribune de Genève

If the warm temps and fresh blooms of late have you itching to get back to the garden,  here are a few places to start for resources and supplies on both sides of the border (note that this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Migros Brico-Loisirs garden centers, Switzerland: Locations in Carouge (MParc-La Praille), Nyon, and Lausanne. http://www.doitgarden.ch/
  • Jumbo garden centers, Switzerland: Locations in Meyrin and Chavannes-de-Bogis. http://www.jumbo.ch
  • Jardin Botanic, France: Locations in Gaillard, St-Genis-Pouilly, Thonon-les-Bains, and Ville-la-Grand. http://www.botanic.com
  • Schilliger, Switzerland: Locations in Gland, Matran, Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva, and Geneva-La Praille. http://www.schilliger.com

Shopping in France: As we are quite close to the border, the current exchange rate is very much in our favor and this has obviously made the French garden centers very competitive. A link to the border regulations for import of plant related materials is here: http://www.ezv.admin.ch/index.html?lang=en

Many thanks to Julia and the AIWC’s volunteer gardeners for their assistance with this post!

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