Started by Smartmarzipan, June 22, 2013, 09:14:16 PM
QuoteWhat's your mental image of a gardener? Do you see gardening as a woman's hobby? Or is it more of a guy thing? Truth is, no one seems to know exactly who gardens more, men or women. In fact, the National Gardening Association in Williston, Vt., which tracks national gardening trends, doesn't even survey gardeners by gender. They survey gardening participation by households, according to NGA Research Director Bruce Butterfield. If, in an information-driven Internet age, it seems surprising that a reliable ratio of men-to-women gardeners isn't available, here's something that may be even more startling. A men-only garden club is still alive and, if not completely well, it has at least survived 85 years, a new millennium and a world of changes in social acceptance after the idea to form it was conceived in 1928. The organization, the Men's Garden Clubs of America (MGCA), was officially founded in Chicago in 1932. Membership hit its peak in the 1980s when there were about 10,000 members in 143 clubs in 31 states. But like many volunteer groups, since that high water mark the organization has felt the effects of competition for discretionary household income. While there are still clubs in large cities, suburban areas and towns of every size, especially in middle America, the number of clubs has fallen to 39 in 15 states and membership has dropped to about 2,800.
Quote from: "AllPurposeAtheist"They're obviously all gay.. Real men don't garden, they 'landscape'. All except my dad and both grandfathers and the millions of farmers throughout history and my manly self of course. :D/
Quote from: "stromboli"Best gardener I ever met was my sister. Shows what you people know. Women are these sensitive beings who are in touch with mother nature, don't ya know?
Quote from: "pr126"I like gardening.My patio garden 2013