Each year Garden Media Group comes out with their top list of landscape trends for the upcoming year. Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting these trends. First up? “Indoor Generation” and “Screen Age”.
It is no surprise that our culture has shifted over the years from outside to inside. In their article Garden Media Group states that 90% of the world population spends approximately 22 hours a day (or more) inside. YIKES! They also share that Americans spend 93% of their lives indoors and that children on average spend less than 1 hour a day outside. Thats 50% less than their parents did. DOUBLE YIKES! All this indoor, sedentary behavior has lead to an increase in obesity and mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Bad news loyal readers.
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How is the “indoor generation” connecting to nature OTHER than via a screen? They are buying houseplants. 30% of all households bought a new houseplant last year. Of that 30%, 30% are millennials. Well thats good! Garden Media Group shares that on Pinterest searches for houseplants are up 90%. Houseplants can be an excellent way to “dip your toe” into gardening. Let’s hope those “plant parents” are sharing their newly found hobby with their children. But how do we get the next generation back outdoors? We need to “grow” gardeners!
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How can we get kids involved? Start them young. If you are looking to garden this year… involve the kids! Just like our parents and grandparents did, introduce kids to gardening young. Help them pick out seeds, encourage them to create their own garden space or container garden. Then help them grow it. Teach them how to deadhead…and why. Encourage them to water it every day…and explain why. Bonus lesson…responsibility! Demonstrate positive environmental practices such as composting and methods that are safe for people, pets and insects. Encourage them to share their experiences with friends and schoolmates. A little introduction here and there can change the flow of things if we all participate.
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Hopefully these statistics can give you some insight and some motivation to turn off the screen and turn on the learning. Outside. Your mind and body, and future generations will be happier for it!
For a full list of the trends visit https://www.gardenmediagroup.com/trends