During unsettled times, people return to the garden. That adage appears to be true, according to the annual National Gardening Survey, conducted by NGA. In 2005, U.S. household participation in lawn and garden activities increased by 11 percent over the previous year. That means 83 percent of the 110 million households in the country (91 million households) participated in one or more types of do-it-yourself lawn and garden activities compared with 75 percent (82 million households) in 2004. That's great news and the most significant increase in gardening activity since 2002. Ninety-one million households participating in lawn and garden activities is a new record, topping the previous all-time high of 85 million households back in 2001 and 2002.
What type of gardening activities are people involved in? All types. Of the 16 types of lawn and garden activities measured on the survey, 14 showed an increase in the number of households participating. The biggest increases were in lawn care, flower gardening, container gardening, and shrub care.
For more information about the survey, go to: NGA's Garden Research.
Article published on April 11, 2006.