Tuesday, October 26, 2010

More "green" gardeners in 2011?

According to a report by the Garden Media Group , more gardeners will be practicing "green" gardening techniques in the coming years.

Garden and outdoor living expert Susan McCoy explains why. “We had trouble wrapping our heads around saving the rain forests,” she said, “but we clearly can wrap our arms around saving our own backyards. Digging and planting gardens brings awareness that we’re all earth’s caretakers.”

As backyard conservationists, gardeners are transforming yards, gardens, rooftops and even urban alleys into green and productive spaces, knowing they are making a positive impact. Here’s a look at top emerging garden trends that McCoy and her team are seeing for 2011:

  1. Gardening with a Purpose 
  2. Eco-scaping 
  3. Edible Ornamentals 
  4. Sustainable Containers 
  5. Succulents 
  6. Indoor Gardening 
  7. Growing UP 
  8. Urban Farming 
  9. New Urbanism 

Gardening with a Purpose  In the wake of the shocking Gulf coast images of oil-sheen waves and coated   wetlands and wildlife, we’re taking measures to protect and conserve valuable natural resources. This trend   is echoed by Patricia St. John, president of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, that          “gardens continue to reflect awareness of how our landscapes enhance and improve the  environment         around us.”

There’s no disputing that we all need to work together to rejuvenate, regenerate and restore Mother Earth.   Choosing eco-friendly products over toxic chemicals is a pro-active step to making our world cleaner and   greener.

According to the recent National Gardening Association’s Lawn & Garden Survey, survey, 9 out of 10        households want to manage their lawns and gardens in an environmentally- friendly way. Consumers are      turning to all-natural repellents to keep unwanted pests from mowing down lawns and valuable plants. Eco-friendly repellents keep garden foes away and are guaranteed effective and safe for people, plants and pets. 

Click here to read the full report from the Garden Media Group. What are the top 2011 Gardening Trends

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