|Oh you didn't just say that!|
I know I'm ragging on Ty for something that probably out of his hands but, gardening doesn't carry the same glamour anymore as reflected in a trade publication, 'Grower Talks'. They recently published an article called 'Why doesn't she garden?', highlighting a survey carried out by an industry giant, Ball Horticultural Company. The survey was to discover why the common gardening demographic, 'the white 40 or so female', has decided not to garden. This was backed up by numbers from the National Gardening Association, that produced data showing gardening had dropped from 41% to 29% in the past 6 years. Scary stuff.
But who out there is promoting gardening anymore? Television has turned its back on us gardening folk as I've written about before in 'The other garden makeover' post. I was brought up in a society where parents and grandparents all gardened and passed the knowledge on. Schools had gardening clubs and every Friday night, 'Gardeners World' (for those in the UK) came on and exposed us to the joys of gardening. There was even an after school children's show called 'Blue Peter' that had the presenters working in the studio's garden under the direction of the head gardener. How does the younger generation these day get introduced into gardening when so many of the resources that we relied on have gone?
|Percy Thrower - Introduced many children to gardening and the joys of a good pipe!|
Any thoughts? Write and leave your comments, maybe we can start a growing revolution!