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RussAllen2
Sep 14, 2017 11:59 AM CST
Dear Sirs,

Would you have an estimate of how many home gardens there are in the US?

I saw a reference attributed to you of about 90 million but would appreciate more details of available.

Separately, would you have any estimate of what percentage of home gardens would include certain types of popular flowers -- such as daylilies, roses, or dahlias?

Many thanks! Russ Allen, American Hemerocallis Society Director
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Calif_Sue
Sep 17, 2017 11:48 AM CST

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@dave? Referencing an older NGA article perhaps?
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dave
Sep 17, 2017 3:44 PM CST

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This is from the NGA research report that has been produced annually for some 40 years. The research mission continues on through the capable hands of GardenResearch.com.

From the 2016 report:

In 2015 an estimated 90 million households (75 percent of all U.S. households) participated
in one or more type of do-it-yourself indoor and outdoor lawn and garden activities. From 2010
to 2015, household participation in these activities ranged from a high of 90 million households
in 2015 to a low of 80 million households in 2010 and averaged 84 million households. The
compound annual growth rate in participation in lawn and garden activities the last 5 years
increased at 2% a year.


I don't think the reports every got so granular as to know what percentage grew irises, daylilies, roses, etc. There were numbers on lawns, houseplants, vegetables, and ornamentals.
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RussAllen2
Sep 17, 2017 6:47 PM CST
Dear Dave, Thank you for your kind reply!

Would it be possible to get a copy of this report?

We are particularly interested in families with gardens which include any perennial flowers.

Many thanks!

Russ Allen
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dave
Sep 17, 2017 7:02 PM CST

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Hi Russ, unfortunately I don't have the authority to share the reports. Visit http://www.gardenresearch.com and ask over there. Smiling
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DaisyI
Sep 17, 2017 7:06 PM CST
Are you looking for names and addresses? Why do you want to know? What are you selling?

Daylilies: Yes
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That's all you will ever know until it becomes a census quesion.
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RussAllen2
Sep 18, 2017 8:36 AM CST
Dear Dave, Will do. Thanks for your help! Russ
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SonoveShakespeare
Sep 22, 2017 2:45 PM CST
Hey at least I am one of the 75%!!! Hilarious!
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Yardenman
Sep 23, 2017 5:55 AM CST
RussAllen2 said:Dear Sirs,

Would you have an estimate of how many home gardens there are in the US?

I saw a reference attributed to you of about 90 million but would appreciate more details of available.

Separately, would you have any estimate of what percentage of home gardens would include certain types of popular flowers -- such as daylilies, roses, or dahlias?

Many thanks! Russ Allen, American Hemerocallis Society Director


For what it is worth - I had a dozen assorted daylilies of a few named varieties in a spot 3 years ago. I dug them up rather brutally when I side the ridge they were growing on leveled. I stuck the division in cheap 6" pots for a year. I never watered them. They survived.

Then I de-potted them and chopped them in half with an axe and planted them around the edge of a new bed last year. They thrived.

I will increase them that way again next year.

This doesn't tell you anything about the households with daylilies, but it may tell you something you want to know. I have a dozen colors of them, and will surely never need to buy any new ones. LOL!
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