A pretty gourd picture I borrowed from my friends at Urban Roots.
But it’s still fun to talk about.
Courtesy of Garden Center Magazine’s regular enewsletter, I have the 2010 gardening trend report from Garden Media
Group to share with our readers. It contains a lot of talk about “small town values,” tradition, and the
prioritizing of Main Street over Wall Street.
I won’t get into the big picture rhetoric—I don’t pretend to
have any particular value system, at least not one that I want to talk about,
and I have no idea of what traditional Main Street America is, as an entity. Do
But I do understand the brass tacks of the GMG trend
analysis: edible gardens, yard-sharing, backyard chickens, urban farming, CSAs,
native plants, rain barrels, and green roofs. There was even talk of people
revisiting houseplants as ways to clean the air inside—as an avid indoor
gardener, I’d love to see more people bringing plants inside, but I’m not sure
if it’s really happening.
Most of these other trends are real though; I can see that
just by looking around me at my fellow Western New York gardeners, most of whom
have no idea that anyone would even report on garden trends. Nonetheless, they
are buying rain barrels or starting rain gardens, growing more vegetables,
getting rid of or at least encroaching on their lawns, and patronizing CSAs. Some are developing urban farms and, as I've reported, we just won a big chicken fight in Buffalo, where they are now legal.
I’d like to think that more people are using native
plants—certainly more are available at the nurseries now—and at least people
around here know that green roofs exist. A few have them and local landscape
designers tell me they are getting more inquiries.
Many of us are so in the midst of it that we don’t think
about it, but there has been change. And it is exciting.