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RE: Plant ID?


But you have to admit that the pace of gardening is quite a bit slower than
say, computer games or text messaging or TV. I suspect the majority of
people don't think about gardening until they own their own home. And if
they're already used to - I can't think of the word I want but - having a
short attention span, then it's harder to get used to this slower pace. I
agree there's a lot going on in the garden, but if you're used to results
measured in seconds, then gardening isn't going to give you that instant
gratification.   
I don't know about the rest of you, since many of you are in the business
it's likely your friends are gardeners too. You belong to clubs and so
forth. But I don't know anyone in person (excluding y'all) who does what I
do. A few people enjoy their roses, they have a couple tomato plants in the
summer, and that's it. I don't see anything around town that looks like my
yard - there are nice landscapes to be sure but they are things that the
paid-for gardeners can mow & blow. Maybe it's all hidden in back yards...
Anyway I think that as people get older and have more free time they
appreciate the process more. 

Cyndi

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Daryl
Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2006 2:40 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Plant ID?

Cyndi,

If a gardener's time is spent "sitting around waiting for something to 
happen", they're not gardening. Or not observing. There's never a moment in 
my garden when there isn't something new to explore, and I've been doing it 
for more than 50 years.

d

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2006 5:30 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Plant ID?


> Saw an article in the paper the other day that says the number of people 
> who
> fish as a hobby is way down. Kids don't go fishing with dad or grandpa (a
> stereotype, but there you are)because they think it's just sitting around
> waiting for something to happen.
> Maybe the same might be true for gardening. Too much competition for their
> time.
>
> Cyndi
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On 
> Behalf
> Of Daryl
> Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2006 2:16 PM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Plant ID?
>
> Bonnie,
>
> The stats do show that gardening as a hobby has diminished.
>
> Rayna had you for a shining example, as did many of us with our mothers 
> and
> grandmothers. I'm afraid we're going to lose that next generation because
> they're so distanced from the deep roots that we had, and because the
> hucksters are giving them false promises and no knowledge.
>
> If this new generation is not given guidance to quick and easy success 
> with
> gardening, I'm afraid they may abandon it altogether. With a bit of
> nurturing, from us and from the Green Industry, they can find what suits
> them at several stages of their lives.
>
> d
>
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Bonnie & Bill Morgan" <wmorgan972@ameritech.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2006 8:45 AM
> Subject: RE: [CHAT] Plant ID?
>
>
>>I had read that the number of avid gardeners are down significantly.  I
>> understand many young folks are opting for low or no work landscaping. 
>> It
>> is sad, but I do understand how difficult it is to work full time, raise
>> children, be involved in the community and try to keep up with house and
>> property.  I just think they miss "smelling the roses."  I have great
>> hopes
>> that as their lives slow down, they will pick up the trowel.  My girls 
>> are
>> certainly doing that now.
>>
>> Daughter Rayna has turned more than half of her front yard into a little
>> park for passers-by with a garden arch, bench, pathway and lovely
>> plantings.
>> It is still a very young garden but I know that this year it will be full
>> and beautiful.  She has met most of her neighbors through her garden.
>> Three years ago, she thought gardening was frivolous....
>>
>> Blessings,
>> Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)
>
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