In a report released last week, the National Gardening Association has found that nearly 91 million Americans participated in “lawn and garden activities” in 2005. In addition, Americans spent $44.7 billion to hire professional lawn and landscape services to improve their outdoor spaces. So who are these new gardeners? According to the NGA, they are young people.
“In a world going green, the under-35s have taken it upon themselves to make positive use of their natural surroundings. College courses and easily accessible online resources have turned what was once referred to as a middle-aged pastime into a multibillion-dollar-a-year industry. Before the rise of the Internet, those who may have desired to grow their own tomatoes might have been baffled by the prospect, struggling to find information in their local library. Today, however, prospective gardeners are but a few clicks away from a plethora of knowledge.”
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