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A Gardening Expert’s Critical Views on Gardening Trends

Marie Ianotti is a passionate gardener who has been writing about her profession in newspapers and magazines for years. In 2011 she published her first book The Beginner’s Guide to Growing Heirloom Vegetables – The 100 Easiest-to-Grow, Tastiest Vegetables for Your Garden at Timber Press. She also used to be the owner of Yore Vegetables, a heirloom seedling nursery. Ianotti can be considered an expert on the topics of gardening and growing plants yourself.

In her article “What the Well-Designed Garden Will Be Wearing – Up and Coming Garden Trends” for About.com she reflects critically on trends in gardening as they are presented to us every season by researchers and media.

She specifies nine trends for gardeners  and separates them in three categories:

Social gardening

Gardeners are being encouraged to grow their gardens for the greater good not for themselves and to buy and plant locally. The problem with this is that people who decide to start gardening have their own reasons and these are mainly for their own personal preferences. And there is nothing wrong with that.Buying locally is a positive trend because it is beneficial for the local society and the local markets because it helps the regional economy and therefore the community. 

Ecological gardening

Following Ianotti gardening  should benefit nature, not harming it: ensuring that the bees and birds can prosper   should be self-evident, the same goes for not wasting water and not using chemicals. 

Optical improvements

How you design your own garden should always be your own decision and should not be dictated by so called trendsetters. Trends like “curvaceous gardens are in; square gardens are out” cannot be universal, everybody has his own preferences and not every location for a garden can be made looking like the cover of a garden design magazine. Some ideas are great, like mood lighting for the dark hours but one has to watch out for ecological consequences like the attraction of insects.

The essence of Ianotti is that every single garden and its gardener are individual and trends cannot easily be followed when working in the nature. The message to marketers and producers of gardening equipment is that it is unpromising to try and create artificial trends. It is important for the individual gardener that he finds specific products for his specific needs instead of a range of merchandise that he isn’t actually looking for when visiting a garden center or a home improvement store.

Further Information: What the Well-Designed Garden Will Be Wearing: Up and Coming Garden Trends by

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