Over the past couple of days a small skirmish erupted among garden writers and bloggers on the internet. During the GWA symposium this year there was a presentation about Gen-Y gardeners and some of the attendees tweeted portions of the talk. Gen-Y garden bloggers who were following the thread took offense to the generalizations made about Gen-Y feeling entitled, why they supposedly aren't gardening and the usual stuff that gets said when professionals need to find a way to understand a group of people.
Here area few links in chronological order that I hope shed light on the conversation taking place for those who weren't following along and arrived late. Remember how three years ago older garden bloggers were wondering why the youngsters weren't garden blogging? Well, be careful what you ask for.
Adriana Martinez, a Gen-Y gardener, reacts on twitter to the tweet that launched the Gen-Y gardeners discussion.
This week Katie Hobson of Garden Punks posted this in reply to all the talk on Twitter and the GWA symposium about Gen-Y and gardening. Those of you who have been around garden blogs for a while may remember that this isn't the first time we've had this conversation.
My thoughts on this subject:
This is all almost as funny as this one time on Garden Web when some well-meaning folk, started a thread about what they could do to involve more minorities in gardening and get them to post on the forum. You can imagine the hilarity that resulted from that thread when the members who were minorities spoke up.
As a member of Gen-X I can see why Gen-Y is getting offended. It wasn't long ago that I was in the same spot trying to figure out how all these old people could be so clueless and not understand me. I came of age right around the time this whole blogging thing was taking off and older folks were clutching their pearls at the fact that these crazy kids were posting our thoughts for all to read and letting people see them live their lives on webcams, sometimes for money, others just for attention. Those were interesting times.
If Gen-Y remembers these moments perhaps they'll be the generation that puts an end to the cycle of trying to save gardening by foisting it on a younger crop of people. What can be called gardening is bigger than any one person, or group of people, and I find it presumptuous that people think it will die off just because one day we're going to die. And if gardening is to one day die, so what? Maybe it needs a good death to have a great rebirth.