Posted: 13/10/2012 at 07:58
I’m the generalist gardening friend BugFriendlyGardener talked about in his original post and have been doing it for about 8 years now, and would ask the question whether gardening as we like it is on the way out ?
Over that time I have noticed a couple of trends –
- A decline in interest in gardening particularly amongst younger people (I’m 53, so most people are younger than me !)
- People wanting their garden to look ‘posh like you see in up market estate agent photos.
People are much busier now, they work longer days and demands put on them are much greater, so when they get home they want a glass of wine and to watch their huge wide screen TV from a comfy sofa. They don’t want any of that flaffing about in the garden cutting grass or weeding (heaven forbid).
So, more possibilities of work for the likes of us maybe ? Except,
The gardening they want is all stripes on the lawn, rounded Photinia Red Robin and a car park where their front garden used to be. The thought of compost bins cluttering the place up or plants that actually look untidy after they flower doesn’t fit in with their world view. And log piles ? – don’t even go there !
I watch and listen to gardening programs which often highlight people making interesting gardens for themselves, but echoing the original point – these sort of people seem to be very thin on the ground around here.
I think there may be more possibilities of doing gardening for people, but feel it will be more of the uninteresting stuff as ‘outside cleaners’ as my friend calls them. Being able to influence them into wildlife friendly gardening will be a hard nut to crack.