UPDATE: Lisa A. wins the book. I, too, agree with much of what she says. On the outdoor kitchens, maybe a return to a simple kettle grill, which cooks the food better anyway?
Clueless. I must admit I’m clueless on this one, dear readers. I (and I assume all the Ranters) received an email from a garden media group asking us the following:
So what do you think is in the future for gardening? More color? Bigger plants? More planting vegetables instead of flowers? Front-yard gardening? Sustainable gardening? What trend do you think is in the works or about to burst onto the incredible world of gardening?
Maybe some of you received a similar email. This group’s job is to report trends, so that’s why they’re asking. I kind of have a love/hate affair with trend reporting. In the regional magazine world, we report on trends a bit—mainly food trends and home design trends. And I must admit I like to read lists of trends and in/out lists now and then. My favorite trend reports come from the Color Marketing Group. I find them fascinating; they decide what the hot colors for any given year will be and often publish gorgeous images that will use those colors. There are always political, socioeconomic, and psychological reasons the colors are “in.” Interesting. But on the other hand, I distrust glib trend lists and sometimes suspect ties to the industries whose products are listed as trendy.
Getting back to gardening, every January I look for trend reports so I can blog on them. But I don’t like to be the one to make up the trends myself. I would guess that veggie gardening would continue to grow. I would suppose that more people might grow from seed as plants become more expensive, thanks to gas and other factors. I might also presume that with the real estate market tanking, outdoor rooms might lose their appeal.
But why depend on my own fumbling guesses? I have you! Can you think of some cool in/out lists for gardening, with the “ins” looking toward trends of the future? To egg you on, I have a beautiful book, Lilacs, A Gardener’s Encyclopedia, from Timber. I haven’t even looked inside it, and will send it to the best/funniest/smartest in/out list, whichever of those qualities rises to the top.
Sample: Out: exterior kitchens In: green roofs. (I doubt the trend people would promote that one, BTW, it’s just a random example.)