What it Does - For amateur gardeners
The Ideas Genie software allows
you to recreate your garden on your computer, YOUR garden, YOUR plants, YOUR photos.
You can create specimen records for plants which you have purchased or propagated.
record the Date Purchased, Supplier etc. etc. about your specimens.
You can define your own Plant Property definitions, and store data, or link to web pages.
define your own Plant Care definitions, and store data, or link to web pages.
You can generate tasks, based on Plant Care details for YOUR plants.
You can create Spray Programs, or
any similar multiple date task.
You can enter free text tasks, and shuffle these into priority order.
You can create your Seed List, Plants to Buy wish list, etc.
You can create
Plant and Seed Catalog records. (Impossible to describe in one line!)
Ideas Genie provides powerful features to allow you to explore, organise and archive the
worlds greatest resource, the internet.
You can link your Plant photos to individual plants.
You can link your Garden Photos to your Garden Areas.
“lassoo” plant images in Garden Photos and link the co-ordinates to a plant name.
Produce a “My Garden” document summarising notes about your
garden areas and the plants used in each area.
Print plant “Fact Sheet” documents, with a Photo (optional) of the plant.
Print Plant Labels for use on Seed Trays and
Generate and print lists of plants which meet any combination of Plant Properties. The Ideas Genie query program is incredible!
Gardeners love looking at photos of other peoples gardens. Ideas Genie allows you to view a number of OTHER databases of REAL gardens which we have made available on CD.
refer to these as SWAP Library CD’s. The applications are endless!!
YOU can make YOUR SWAP CD, for sharing with your gardening friends, Plant Society members etc.
the sort of person who enjoys scouring gardening books and magazines looking for names and photos of good plants and inspiration for your garden. You’ve probably got a completely
unmanageable pile of sticky notes and maybe even a drawer full of Plant Labels.
Yes? You are a Plant Lover, and you will LOVE this software.
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What it does - For Gardening Beginners
will help you decide on which plants to select for your garden.
AND... help you find a supplier for your selection. Choose from 5000 plants in our Master database.
Genie YOU can...
Add new plants and photos to your personal database.
AND... save (and multi categorise) web addresses of plants, photos, suppliers and resources
use inbuilt hyperlinks to revisit web pages.
Ideas Genie offers progression. An easy Menu with programs for beginners.
In the SAME package, switch to FULL menu for a large range
of sophisticated programs to satisy the requirements of Amateur Gardeners, Master Gardeners and Professionals.
The Ideas Genie community
Communicate with other users in our very
active “Ideas for Gardens” forum.
Create and “Swap” databases of gardens with an international community of Ideas Genie users.
A number of REAL gardens with
hundreds of plants on the Ideas Genie CD.
Run slide shows of your own, and other user gardens.
Type and learn the Botanical structure of plant names. Unique feature!
Click here for MORE details for Beginners
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What it Does - For Garden Designers and Landscapers
opportunity for Garden designers Software for Garden Designers.
The software allows you to:
Build a database of the plants you use.
Create a Garden for each
your Clients with Garden Areas, Plants used and photos.
Extract lists of Plants for New Clients based on specific criteria e.g. Soil type, aspect, Plant size, Colour etc. The
extraction list can be examined plant by plant to ensure other properties are consistent with the application (or budget). Plants can be deleted from extracted lists if unsuitable in any
way. The final list can be printed or retained by adding to a “Garden Area” within the garden you are designing for your client. You can repeat the process to add more plants
to the same garden area or create other garden areas to build up a complete project.
Use slide shows of previous projects when presenting your proposals to clients. Projectors can
be used for presentations to groups, and the software can easily be run from a Laptop computer.
(See What it does for Public Speakers for more information on Slide
Retain Garden Details and costs of work done for Previous Clients
Record cost prices, supplier information, sell prices etc.
Display Project Totals, cost prices
and sell prices.
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What it Does - For Garden Centres the software allows you
to promote your plants. YOU know gardeners should be planting perennials in Spring, bulbs in Autumn, but they are barely visible in their pots. In your sales premises, Ideas Genie can be
set up to display a repeating “Slide Show” of the plants you are currently promoting, the photos showing the plants in their full splendour. If a customer enquires, you can
use the same or another computer to access the photo, find its name and allow the customer to read all your supporting notes. Research you do on the plant will go a long way to impress
even the most discerning client.
And. of course, you’ll have easily accessible information on all your plants to satisfy customer queries in a very informative way, with the
abiity to print a fact sheet, with a photo of the plant.
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What it Does - For Nurseries, the software allows you to
make up a Catalogue of your plants for issue to mail order Customers.
We have a special offer here, for a limited period. For nurseries, we will take your plants list and make up an eCatalog CD for you.
This will have YOUR name only and will contain YOUR plants list only. If you have photos we will link them to the plants for you. We will supplement your photos with any relevant photos we may have.
The CD’s can be advertised on your web site or catalog and mailed to your customers either free or commercially.
The customer reviews your plant range, photos, plant information etc.
They can then visit your web site and use your on line Shopping Cart, ot compose a shopping list and print a fixed format order to your design, all within the software.
NEW: Would you like your list of plants added to our Plant Finder? This is a CD which we are compiling for issue with each purchased copy of
Users will be able to review the plants list and look for the source for interesting plants.
If you are listed as a supplier of that plant the Ideas Genie user may use
a hyperlink to visit your web site, directly to the web page on YOUR on-line catalog.
Users can place orders using your shopping cart or generate an order form in Ideas Genie to order
Please get in touch for more information. Free inclusion for the first number of applicants.
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What it Does - For Hybridisers, the software allows you
to create Specimens. You can assign a name for the Plant you are “designing” and add it to the database. You then create a specimen record for the new plant and associate it
with a Batch reference. A data ‘blob’ is associated with both the Batch record and the Specimen Record. Use the Batch record to retain Hybridising details. Use the specimen
record to record the seed sowing details. e.g. Number of seed sown, compost used, date sown etc.
When you make a “selection” from the seedlings you can split the selection
from the parent specimen quantity.
The “selection” will inherit the “data blob” details of the Parent specimen so you dont have to retype, and the chain of
events is recorded.
The details in the Batch “data blob” is shared by all specimens in the Batch.
And of course you can have an eCatalog on CD and have your plants
entered in our Plant Finder. See details under “What it does for Nurseries”
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What it Does - For Horticulturists, the software allows
botanically structured data storage.
Plant names entered by Family, Genus, Species, Sub-species and Cultivar.
The model fits in perfectly with the presentation found in such
a) The RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants
b) Readers Digest New Encyclopedia of Garden Plants and Flowers.
Special features for correct entry and indexing of
Hybrid Species (nothospecies)and Hybrid Genera.
e.g. x Fatshedera,
Primula x pubescens
Large “data blobs” for storage of data e.g. Cultivation, Propagation, Pests & Diseases.
Special feature for definition and organisation of
plants within Plant Divisions.
Special feature for tracing Plant Specimens in your collections. Assession number. etc.
The software offers unique flexibility in the type of
data you wish to retain.
In drawing up a specification for the software it was apparent that a fixed solution would never suffice for the vast and diverse range of descriptions and
classifications for Plant Culture, Plant Properties and Plant Care.
Ideas Genie offers you to configure the system with YOUR descriptions and classifications.
configurable Plant Culture topics are Sunlight requirements, Aspect, Hardiness Zones etc, plus any number you wish to add.
Examples of configurable Plant Properties are Height Bands,
Colour Groups, Leaf Type, Flower Type, plus any number you wish to add.
Examples of Configurable Plant Care topics are Pruning, Mulching, Feeding, Spraying, Propagating etc, plus any
number you wish to add.
A data “blob” is available for each Classification, at Genus level.
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What it Does - For Public Speakers, the software offers
two slide shows which can be easily configured for use in talks to Garden clubs and Plant Societies. Plants can be grouped in Photo Sets or in Talk Sets.
The software can be run from a
laptop and can be used with a projector for presentation to groups.
Ideas Genie allows you to assign a title to each photo you link to a garden area or to a single plant. A data
‘blob’ is allocated to each photo. Can be used for things like date taken, where taken, photographer name, expedition date, and... much much more.
During a slide show you
can pause at any point, go to previous photo (back to beginning if necessary) etc.
When paused you can point to a plant in a photo and its name appears. Alternatively you can click
repetitively on a button and Ideas Genie will sequentially “lassoo” each plant in the photo and display its name.
You can also access the details of the currently selected
Photo (described above), details about the currently selected Plant.
The advantage in this system is that the work is done once to describe the photo, once to describe the Plant, and
the details can EASILY be reused in any number of presentations.
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