The blurb for Mike Lieberman, who blogs at Urban Organic Gardener, reads:
Mike Lieberman insists he’s not a gardener.Has the resurgence in vegetable gardening made ornamental gardening uncool? What are these "other aspects" that the middle-aged women who do it for the beauty aren't taking into consideration? I suspect they're probably things related around certain popular buzzwords like "food security" and taking control of the "food system." Remember it was uncool to be a vegetable gardener? People who grew vegetables were seen as being less sophisticated, poor, and out of touch. Have we now reached a point where it is uncool to be an ornamental gardener? If you garden for the beauty of it, are you not doing your part for the environment? Missing a chance to stick it to the man running the agricultural-industrial complex? A few years ago I would've agreed that the word "gardener" would've conjured up images of an older woman, but today I can't say I agree.
“When I think ‘gardener,’” says the boy from Brooklyn, “I think of a middle-aged woman who’s been doing it just for the beauty of it and not considering all the other aspects.”
At gardening events that I attend in Chicago I see that the people who come out are increasingly diverse. When I think of "gardener" I think of people who look like me, my friends, my neighbors and, yes, even middle-aged women. That's a good thing. Although, I don't understand taking on a garden blog with the word "Gardener" in the domain if you don't think of yourself as a gardener.
What do you think of when you think of "gardener"?