'Grow it yourself' garden trend for 2009

June 25, 2008
Written by Garden Media Group
From blueberries to houseplants ‘grow it yourself’ – or GIY – is the new mantra for both seasoned gardeners and beginners as people turn back to the future to simplify their lives while gardening for the greener good, according to the Garden Media Group.
 
Fueled by rising prices in gasoline, milk, bread and produce combined with an eco-culture to do something good for the environment, the trend toward GIY is exploding.
 
“Gardening is back!” says Susan McCoy, trendspotter for the gardening industry and president of the Garden Media Group. “Everyone, particularly young people, is planting vegetables, herbs, perennials and shrubs – anything they can grow themselves with enthusiasm and gusto.”
 
Not just a holdover from the “flower power” ‘60’s movement, GIY has gone mainstream. America is digging into their gardens - and community gardens - with a renewed sense of expectation and connectivity within their local neighborhoods and the global ecosphere.

According to the recent National Gardening Association survey, do-it-yourself lawn and garden activities were up more than a billion dollars from the previous year, to more than $35 billion.

"That's good news because it's the first year we have seen overall retail lawn and garden sales increase since 2002," said Mike Metallo, NGA president. Do-it-yourself activities that saw the biggest increase in spending in 2007 from 2006 included lawn care, vegetable gardening, ornamental gardening, and herb gardening.

Trend analyst Faith Popcorn agrees. “I think we are going back to the 50s decade," said Popcorn, who feels consumers are re-learning how to stretch a dollar. “We expect consumers to start growing food in their own gardens.”
 
McCoy says the renewed interest in spending more time at home coupled with the trend for bringing the indoors out, and the outdoors in, is driving consumers to the garden. “The urgent commitment to environmental sustainability and the basic desire to make our homes our havens is reflected in all gardening trends for next year,” predicts McCoy.
 
A sneak peak at GMG’s 2009’s gardening trends reveals a resurgence in perennials, growing native plants, creating “blended” gardens using vegetables and herbs in flower beds, cultivating with best practices ‘au natural’, attracting wildlife, and going local.
 
According to the Garden Writers Association 2008 late spring survey, more than a third of Americans are adding a vegetable garden and more than 10 per cent plan to add herb gardens. Industry reports confirm seed sales have more than doubled over last year.
 
From large landscapes to small movable gardens on the deck or entranceway, gardening and entertaining outdoors will continue to flourish in the coming years, according to all reports.

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