Millennial Households Continue to Provide Optimism for the Lawn and Garden Industry

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The just-released 2019 National Gardening Survey, published by the National Gardening Association's research division,, reveals new and important information regarding the $50+ billion lawn and garden industry.

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The just-released 2019 National Gardening Survey, published by the National Gardening Association's research division,, reveals new and important information regarding the $50+ billion lawn and garden industry. Overall, lawn and garden spending increased in 2018 to $52.3 billion, despite a slight decrease in household participation.

The lion's share of spending in the lawn and garden industry is led by wealthy households; however, millennial households once again report strong levels of participation, spending, and perhaps most importantly, planned future purchases. The 2019 National Gardening Survey reveals that 38% of 18-34 year-olds plan to spend more on lawn and garden activities in 2019, compared to the overall average of 29%.

Younger respondents (18-34 year-olds) accounted for a quarter of estimated lawn and garden spending in 2018, despite having lower household incomes than others and being more likely to live in an apartment or condo. Household participation in lawn and garden activities among younger households largely matches other age groups but has grown at a higher rate than others since 2014.

In his April 11 article on, Matthew Boyle wrote: "American millennials have been accused of dooming all sorts of things: beer, golf, cereal. But the cohort is credited with reviving the once-moribund market for houseplants. In the past three years, U.S. sales have surged almost 50 percent to $1.7 billion, according to the National Gardening Association. With many millennials delaying parenthood, plants have become the new pets, fulfilling a desire to connect to nature and the blossoming "wellness" movement. For a group that embraces experiences and travel, moreover, plants give Gen Yers something to care for that won't die—or soil the rug—when they're not around."

Younger households also show a very high level of interest in cultivating legal cannabis: nearly half, an estimated 35.9 million U.S. residents, say they would definitely or probably grow a type of cannabis if it were legal to do so. Seven and a half million of these young adults interested in growing cannabis say that no one in their household currently participates in any lawn and garden activity.

As noted by industry analyst Ian Baldwin, "That's millions of individuals who do not currently do any gardening who would dip a toe into the water, possibly leading to a long-term relationship with the lawn and garden industry."

The 222-page National Gardening Survey is now available at

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