Gardeners looking for balance in 2014

September 11, 2013
Written by Canadian Garden Centre & Nursery
Sept. 12, 2013, Philadelphia – Garden Media Group has released its annual consumer trends report, identifying several major shifts in the marketplace and twelve trends that will impact gardening habits in 2014 and beyond.


According to the 2014 Garden Trends Report, consumers are spending more leisure time outdoors and not only “decorating” their homes, but their gardens as well.

The rise of social trends such as lawn games, “glamping” and garden parties are fueling record growth in garden furniture and accessories, driving demand for tabletop fountains, outdoor chandeliers, garden art, decorative birdfeeders, unusual planters and candleholders.

The report notes the worldwide gardening and outdoor living market is expected to increase yearly by almost 3.5 per cent through 2016, when it should reach almost $220 billion. In North America, where this $58 billion market has been flat for the last four years, annual growth is expected at one per cent over the next four years.

“After several years of bleak economic reality, the sun is finally starting to shine again,” said Susan McCoy, garden trendspotter and president of Garden Media.  “The economy is improving, and people across the country are exhaling a sigh of relief.”

This time around, McCoy said, people are vowing to restore balance to their lives. Frivolous spending on more “things” is out.

“People are determined to be happy and thoughtful in their actions since they’ll have more money to spend in the upcoming year.”

According to the 13th annual Garden Trends Report, people are beginning to truly understand the relationship between gardening and connecting with nature – and how this can lead to a fully satisfied, purposeful life.

The new twist? People still want their outdoor spaces to look beautiful, but want to invest their time and money into high quality, eco-friendly products with a smaller carbon footprint.

“2014 is all about balance. People finally appreciate that being in nature and in the garden is true bliss. But now, they want the garden to do double duty: a Zen oasis and the social hub for entertaining,” said Katie Dubow, creative director of Garden Media. “Surrounding yourself with nature, with trees in the yard and houseplants in the office, brings a sense of peace, boosts productivity and enhances your quality of life—in addition to providing a great escape from the hustle and bustle of a technology intense life.”

What’s fueling growth?

Looking ahead, Garden Media sees six balanced sets shaping the greener lifestyle choices people are making for their homes, gardens and outdoor living.

  1. Ground Up: Repurposing food scraps and creating compost is the new recycling.
  2. Super Foods, Super Models: Edibles are going to the next level with foodies growing everything from quinoa to dandelions in straw bales and keyhole gardens.
  3. Drink Your Garden: People are drinking their gardens, using super foods like BrazelBerries blueberries and raspberries to craft cocktails and green smoothies. People are also growing hops for home brewing and grapes for homemade wine.
  4. Dress Up Your Yard: From decorative throw pillows to decorative insect traps, people want their yards to have a personal stamp.
  5. Bee-neficials: It’s all about the bees this year. Bees are at the forefront of environmentally aware consumers’ minds, inspiring them to plant native, pollen rich flowers, trees and veggies to provide safe shelters for our pollinating friends.
  6. Cultur-vating: Taking local to the next level, people are growing the world in their gardens, mixing cultures and embracing what is local to their own region.
  7. Simple Elegance: Think one colour flower in an elegant container.
  8. Frac’d Up: Neat clean lines are out as explosions of color in fractional shapes like triangles, circles and squares dominate design.
  9. Young Men Get Down and Dirty: Big surprise here: young men between the ages of 18 and 34 are spending $100 more than the average gardener. They are grilling, growing their own hops for beer, and taking the kids out to play in the dirt.
  10. Think Gardens: Plants make us smarter, more productive and less stressed and are showing up in offices, schools and hospitals across the country.
  11. Fingertip Gardens: Gardens go high tech with mobile apps and technology to help design our gardens and care for the plants that grow in them.
  12. Tree-mendous Reversal: There are many environmental, economical, and emotional benefits of trees. Plant a tree – or care for one you have - this year and be part of this growing trend.

The complete 2014 Garden Media Trends report is available for free download. Individual global and garden trends for 2014 will be discussed in more detail every Thursday on the Garden Media blog, GROW!

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