Looking into 2019
Each year Garden Media’s Garden Trends Report looks at what’s on the horizon for the next year — and often for years down the road as well.
In 2002, the focus was on decorating with containers; in 2006, they emphasized growing your own food; and in 2011, it was all about succulents. These are just three examples, but I’d say they hit the mark with all of them!
For 2019 then, the theme is “Rooted Together — Reconnecting with the Natural World.” Today, we’ve become an Indoor Generation with 90 percent of people worldwide spending nearly 22 hours a day inside. This means we’re craving a connection with nature indoors: think plant parents and houseplants.
The future isn’t all about screen time though, with the trends report discussing the “new environmentalist.” People of all ages are uniting for good causes through volunteerism and hoping to create a healthy future for younger generations.
This doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of the 2019 Garden Trends Report though. How is moon-phase gardening making a comeback? Is mint green the new neutral? Have you heard of robo-gardening?
October is just around the corner, so I wanted to let you know about two webinars being offered by GPN magazine. The first one will take place Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. EDT and is about “Identifying and Controlling the Top 5 Insect Pests.”
The second one is Oct. 25 and focuses on controlled environment agriculture (CEA) with Neil Mattson from Cornell University.
If you’re a grower-retailer or these subjects are of interest to you, mark your calendars and sign up now.