What an interesting conversation there was going here. I will throw in my two cents for fun. I'm 21, so I guess that makes me a Gen Yer. I think that gardening is headed in a totally different direction than where it has been in the past. I am incredibly interested in farming/gardening in a creative, aesthetically pleasing organic way. In fact, I would love to someday be able to make a living off of that. However, as some other commenters have mentioned, the price of land may prevent a lot of gardeners from doing as much as they would like. Some words that come to my mind when I think of gardening for my generation are sustainable, portable, and hip. Many people have mentioned that their barrier to gardening is a lack of space, but I think the bigger issues are knowing what to plant and more importantly why. I want to garden because I want to feel the satisfaction and safety of knowing exactly where my food came from and what happened to it along the way. Our food production system in this country is severely broken. One way young people like myself can feel better about what they eat is to grow it themselves or to buy from people who do. When I go to the garden center, what I am looking for is not there. I am looking for innovative and creative new ways to make gardening more accessible to me (someone with limited space). I would also like to see more interesting and uncommon plants. I really hope that people my age are not too discouraged by boomers to garden. Even my own father, born in 1965, has told me that I just can't garden because I don't know what I'm doing (!). Veterans and boomers should keep in mind that they were young gardeners once, too.
Where Are the Gen X & Y Gardeners? The Gardenist
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