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?
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