Traversing the blogosphere I often come across posts that bear titles such as “Garden Expert claims….” or “Plants chosen by Garden Experts”. Enticed, I begin reading to find that the so-called ‘Expert’ is some guy who could spruik that he was the Messiah, and his claims would be equally daft.
In a world where your voice is only as loud as the size of the audience you’re speaking to, becoming an expert appears quite easy. In years gone by, an expert was someone credited because of their knowledge, reputation and experience. Their deftness at sharing and utilising their accrued acumen made us sit in awe whenever they spoke. Any recommendation they made became folklore overnight.
Where are these sages of wisdom? Alas, they’ve been replaced by Paris-Hilton-styled-wannabes. People who have very little to offer other than what the masses want to hear are becoming the new gurus. They don’t have experience, they don’t have the knowledge and they couldn’t troubleshoot themselves out of a paper bag.
This year, Peter Cundall – my gardening hero – is retiring from my favourite garden show, “Gardening Australia”. It’s not a real surprise, he is 83 year’s old – I hope I can still do at 53 what he can do at his age.
The problem, however, is who can take his place. Sure the program can still continue and I will watch it religiously. But, who will I be able to look up to and revere for their gardening acumen? Who will stand out as the new “garden expert”?
I’m not sure, really.There aren’t too many others who enthuse me the way Cundall does. He makes gardening seem like it’s the best pastime in the world and almost level pegs it with any extreme sport you care to name.
So, who are the “garden experts” that you admire? Who can I clutch on to in my time of need?