Garden trend: Small Gardens are Big Business

If you have been to a garden center or home decor store lately, you’ve likely seen an increase in the popularity of small garden containers and plants. At garden centers, you’ll find small containers full of miniature plants. At home stores, you’ll find tiny pots with artificial succulents (though the real ones aren’t much harder to care for). It seems that small gardening is big … Continue reading Garden trend: Small Gardens are Big Business

Garden Trend: Gardening with a Conscience

As we continue to look at trends in gardening, we see that there is a growing trend in approaching gardening in a more ethical, or conscientious, way. The intent is not just to reduce environmental impacts, but to garden for the benefit of both the land and the gardener (and those affected by the garden). It is a look at growing good food all the … Continue reading Garden Trend: Gardening with a Conscience

Gardeners trending younger, more diversified

I’ve heard for many years that many of the skills our parents and grandparents grew up with — such as gardening, canning and crocheting — are dying arts, since the younger generations aren’t interested in them. There would be little hope for our society when it loses its ability to feed and produce for itself. Fortunately, though, that no longer may be the case, especially … Continue reading Gardeners trending younger, more diversified

Looking forward to 2015 Garden Trends

As all of the din, excitement and exhaustion from Christmas winds down (though technically there are still several of the 12 days of Christmas left to go), we turn our attention to the next year. As the old Welsh Christmas/Yule/New Year carol exclaims, “fast away the old year passes … hail the new, ye lads and lasses!” Of course, the end of the year means … Continue reading Looking forward to 2015 Garden Trends

Superfoods Are Becoming Garden Superheroes

Over the last few weeks, I’ve talked about some of the trends that the garden marketing world has picked up and is using to influence everything from what you find at the garden center to what hot new garden books are hitting the shelves. For the first time, it is interesting to note, the sale of food plants and seeds has surpassed that of purely … Continue reading Superfoods Are Becoming Garden Superheroes

Homemade Beverage Production is Growing

One of the hottest new trends in gardening is beverage gardens. This trend includes options for the health-conscious (growing your own teas and ingredients for juices and smoothies), the DIY crowd (growing ingredients for homemade sodas) and those who enjoy an intoxicating beverage or three (ingredients to brew or flavor homemade alcoholic beverages). There are lots of things you can grow to drink instead of … Continue reading Homemade Beverage Production is Growing

Resolve to Adopt New Garden Practices

We’ll start off by discussing how to plan your new garden, and some tools you can use to resolve to be a better gardener. Hopefully, you’ll find something new to inspire you and your garden for 2014. Last week, I discussed new possible trends for the 2014 gardening year, from sustainable gardening to growing your own ingredients to ferment into alcohol. During the month of … Continue reading Resolve to Adopt New Garden Practices

A look at garden trends for 2014

It’s this time of year that you see everybody make review lists of the year we just finished, whether they are the best or worst moments of the year, best pictures, movies, music, and so on. I thought that it might be more helpful if we take a moment and look ahead at a list of things that are poised to make a splash in … Continue reading A look at garden trends for 2014

Garden Trends 2014: A Year In Balance

Published 01.20.14 for the National Extension Master Gardener Blog Just like the fashion and design world, trends can also affect the gardening world.   From influencing the types and colors of plants found at the garden center and used by landscapers, to book topics, and more, gardening is influenced, for better or worse, by trends.  During the first few months of 2014, we’ll be taking … Continue reading Garden Trends 2014: A Year In Balance