Here’s a sampling of what you said: Lisa looks for eco-gardening, more veggies, and fewer firepits. Kim would like to see Victorian trenches and mixed evergreen screens, while Michelle hails more and better water conservation strategies, and Craig predicts real “sweat and seeds” gardening. The Shibaguys proposed vertical gardening and urban gardening integrated into architectural design. There was more, an interesting mixture of actual prediction and wishful thinking.
This is the list of trends GMG eventually came up with, based on a National Gardening Association survey as well their own observations and analysis.
1. Eco-Boosting is In! Conspicuous Consumption is Out
2. Grow It Yourself (GIY) is In; Doing it ALL for Me is Out
3. Blended gardens are In; Segregated gardens are Out
4. Locavore is In; Big carbon footprints are Out
5. Water is In; Water is Out
6. Outside is In; Inside is Out (But not “out”)
7. Info Lust is In; Lack of Knowledge is Out
8. Quick & Simple is In; Over-the-top gardens are Out
9. Global Colors are In; Safe colors are Out
10. Worldly is In; Cookie-cutter is Out
11. Bubbling is In; Excess is out
Well, there are no surprises here, and certainly much of it reflects what we’ve been noticing and discussing. Just a few caught my attention. Like: Inside is Out (but not “out”). What this means is that moving more plants inside is in as well as using “inside” plants outside. I did not, however, notice much talk of outdoor kitchens complete with appliances, just the creation of relaxing family spaces. The word “staycation” was used.
And while water conservation is important, mainly through plant choice, they hasten to add that water features will remain equally important. I can go along with that: love water sounds in the garden. I particularly liked the word nativar, as used by contributing Ranter Allan Armitage: “Nativar is a cultivar and/or hybrid of a native species and should rule the garden.”
In case you’re wondering what “global colors” are, these make up a tapestry of vibrant colors, textures, and patterns in the garden, through plants or otherwise, thus evoking sort of a world music style of gardening. You can read more explication of all this on the site.
So that’s the GMG trend report. I’m not a big fan of trends, but if there have to be trends, I’m fine with these. But maybe these guys are prone to wishful thinking too! What do you think? They’d like to know.