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Highlights from “Reshaping the American Garden: The Effects of Demographic Trends and Urban Renewal on Gardening” Garden Writers Association of America September 2008 Age Trend a Positive for Gardening Average Annual Amount Spent on L&G Care by Age Source: National Gardening Association, 2007
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Garden Writers Association of America September 2008
Average Annual Amount Spent on L&G Care by Age
Source: National Gardening Association, 2007
Source: Arthur C. Nelson “Leadership In a New Era” JAPA, Vol. 72, No. 4, Autumn 2006
First Tier/Inner Suburbs
Could rising gas prices kill the suburbs?
When a high-cost commute reaches the point of no return, home buyers will start finding houses closer to work – some already are.
Population Growth in Selected Downtowns
Source: Selected from a sample of 44 U.S. Cities – see Eugenie L. Birch “Who Lives Downtown?” in Redefining Urban & Suburban America, Brookings Institution, 2006
Outdoor Space in New Homes
Sq. Ft. Excluding House Area
Source: US Census, Characteristics of New Housing (2007)
Boomers Simplifying/Lower Maintenance Homes & Yards
Decline in Household “Greenspace”/Yard Size”
Increasing Interest in…
Downtown and Inner-Suburb Growth
Price of Gas
Increase in Demand for Smaller Homes
Decline in Households With Children
It’s likely that the American garden is headed toward a gradual reinvention. Let’s see how the City of New York is a good example of this…
In the urban environment, people of all economic backgrounds are willing and able to create gardens despite challenges and available space.
Factors such as the decline of residential outdoor space, aging baby-boomers and renewed interest in urban areas will propel the small-space gardening trend.
The Seeds For a New American Garden
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