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Friday, February 25, 2011

The Garden Leisure Suit

The French novelist, Anatole France once said, “Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another.” So is it coincidence that a recent Garden Writers Association survey provides a telling factor about our under-40 gardening population? Relaxation was the number one appeal for the 18-24 year-olds to garden, beating out all the other compelling motives (a sense of satisfaction, working with nature or growing their own food). That’s a big WOW in this industry. Why you ask? This age group is actually seeking out gardening as a way to unwind. When the 25-40 age range was asked the same question, the shift changes to a ‘sense of satisfaction’ as the number one incentive to garden and connect with the earth.

So why tell you these interesting tidbits on a snowy Friday morning in New England? Think about what these statistics reinforce about the undeniable need to work the earth. Things don’t spin too fast in the garden. What starts as relaxation becomes satisfying and rejuvenates the soul. This under-40 crowd gets it while Henry David Thoreau summarizes it best. “He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul's estate.”

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