DISCOVER THE LATEST GARDENING TRENDS FOR 2016

This is a review of the Garden Media Group’s trends report. By combining discussion of digital tools with recommendations for habitat creation, reduced water usage and organic gardening this is not all about high tech gadgets. There are some strange terms such as “naTECHure”, ?welltality?, ?nightscaping? and even ?dogscaping?, but these will make sense when you read the article by Valerie Easton which I found on the Seattle Times website.

DOESN?T A PURSUIT as ancient as gardening transcend trends? I?m afraid not.
The Garden Media Group recently released its 2016 trends report, ?Syncing with Nature.? It starts out inauspiciously with a pitch for how newly enhanced digital tools make gardening more approachable for younger gardeners or those new to gardening. Probably so. But don?t we garden with instinct, knowledge, rakes and trowels rather than apps?
But hang on. Despite my irritation with the group?s penchant for coining silly names, I ended up far more impressed with this report than in any year I can remember. Once you get past the undisguised marketing, the report focuses on how tuning in to nature promotes well-being. It also goes far beyond recommending specific products and advocates for habitat creation, reduced water usage and organic gardening.
Let?s get the cuteness out of the way. The report uses the term ?naTECHure? to describe the intersection of nature and technology, which it calls the two hottest trends in education. Even worse is ?welltality? for the idea that horticulture is tied to both health and wellness, as reflected in the greening of hotels and hospitals.

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