Fact or fallacy? Judy Lowe from Diggin’ it blog would have us believe that our gender plays an important part in how we garden. In fact, she even makes a startling observation;
Still, in my long experience, more men than women seem to be interested in growing dahlias the size of dinner plates, and more women than men love herbs.
Upon reflection, after quite a few years of reading through gardening blogs – most by women but a few of us blokes give it a go too – it appears that this revelation may actually have some merit. And, reading garden blogs written by both sexes, the different focus drawn by each is quite apparent.
For women, pictures of flowers seem to adorn their online journals while guys are more happier discussing gardening issues such as GM crops, eradication of pests and their beloved veggie patch with the optimistic giant pumpkin sheltered in the background. Please don’t hear me wrong, I’m not making a statement as to which is better or right, merely observing a practice.
This is not a new discussion but one that I’ve mentioned a few times here on GTNI. For example, I wrote a post two years ago asking “Is gardening with a spouse a chore?” highlighting a few of our different approaches to the garden and then last year I wrote a ‘tongue-in-cheek’ post discussing “Are men better gardeners than women?”.
While our genetic makeup is quite different we have probably always assumed that when it comes to gardening, our focus and attention is the same. I mean, we’re not debating whether guys would rather do macrame or rock climbing we’re just discussing gardening. Surely the hobby is defined enough to keep us all on the same page?
If it were then we would be sadly missing the point. Regardless of gender, some people ‘garden’ by collecting orchids or training bonsai. Others focus their activity on wholistic gardening (from veggies to flowers, composting to mowing lawn) and still others live for propagating and hybridization of plants.
Gardening, as a hobby, is incredibly diverse and I’m not sure that generalizations can be made based on set variables – even gender. Or can they? What do you think?