Everyday Gardeners

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What Do You Think of Gardening?

I recently read a story in a horticulture industry magazine that said gardening has an “image problem.” In a series of focus groups, researchers talked to people about what being a gardener means. What came out of the focus groups are that gardeners are older folks who had an abundance of income, property space, and time to pursue the hobby.

I was surprised at this. I may be old school, but I consider someone who cares about growing plants to be a gardener. If you live in an apartment and tend to just one tomato plant on your balcony, you’re a gardener in my mind.

What do you think? What’s your definition of a gardener? And do you think magazines like Better Homes and Gardens need to do something to help change perceptions?

4 Responses to “ What Do You Think of Gardening? ”

  1. I love gardening when I was low income I always
    encourged my church to garden It is a beautiful hobby that smells good a resource for fresh produce for humans and wildlife A joy to share with familyand friends and wildlife Always something happening I like mixing it up flowers veggies and herbs

  2. Love gardening. It’s relaxing to me because I don’t have to think I can just chill or sometimes it seems to help me work thru problems. Also I love to see the results of the time I spent just working with the soil and tending the plants.

  3. I find the word “gardening” to be a very broad, “umbrella” term. As a reader/consumer, sometimes I wish the word was more often paired with more descriptive words to help me determine if the content is what I’m looking for. As far as my definition of “gardening”, it would be the pursuit and practice of choosing and growing plants. For example, I would not consider a homeowner who simply mows his lawn to be a “gardener”. However, when a homeowner becomes interested in growing a healthy lawn and takes actions to create the appropriate habitat and care for the lawn properly, the homeowner becomes a gardener. In my humble opinion.

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