A nat­u­ral ap­proach

In­door gar­dens and clean tech­nol­ogy among trends for 2017

Life & Style Weekend - - GARDEN - with Ma­ree Cur­ran Got a gar­den­ing ques­tion? Email ma­ree@ede­nat­by­ron.com.au

THE Gar­den Me­dia Group is a US-based or­gan­i­sa­tion that re­searches global con­sumer trends from home de­sign to fash­ion, and then pro­duces an an­nual Gar­den Trends Re­port that pre­dicts what will be big in the year ahead.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port for 2017, in­door gar­den­ing will con­tinue to blos­som, and will be sup­ported by clever, clean tech­nol­ogy such as hy­dro­pon­ics, aquapon­ics and light­ing in sys­tems that are specif­i­cally de­signed to make it easy to grow herbs and vegeta­bles in­doors at home. Pho­tos I’ve seen of these sys­tems look re­ally quite lovely, in a space-agey kind of a way.

Well­ness is an­other theme, and the re­port pre­dicts an in­creased aware­ness of the health ben­e­fits of time spent in nat­u­ral set­tings, the im­por­tance of trees in ur­ban en­vi­ron­ments, and the pos­i­tive ef­fects of hav­ing plants in work­places. “For­est bathing” is a term I hadn’t come across be­fore read­ing this re­port. It orig­i­nated in Ja­pan in the 1980s and is all about the ben­e­fits to health and well-be­ing that are gained by spend­ing time im­mersed in the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment. It will be “a thing” for ur­ban dwellers in par­tic­u­lar.

A rise in “Tidy Gar­dens” is an­other pre­dic­tion. This doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean clipped hedges and top­i­aries. It’s about us­ing good de­sign to de­fine gar­den spa­ces, re­mov­ing clut­ter, get­ting rid of poorly per­form­ing plants, and also us­ing a re­duced pal­ette of plants and other land­scap­ing ma­te­ri­als in gar­dens to cre­ate a more har­mo­nious ef­fect.

The “Clean Food” trend will see peo­ple be­com­ing even more con­cerned about the ori­gins of the food that they eat. Syn­thetic pes­ti­cides, her­bi­cides and fer­tilis­ers will con­tinue to give ground to nat­u­ral al­ter­na­tives.

As liv­ing spa­ces be­come smaller, dwarf va­ri­eties of plants, in­clud­ing fruit trees, will con­tinue to gain pop­u­lar­ity. For con­tainer gar­dens, a sin­gle large pot con­tain­ing mul­ti­ple plants will re­place the col­lec­tions of in­di­vid­ual plants in smaller pots. The beau­ti­ful large light­weight pots now avail­able will help this, as large pots are no longer im­pos­si­bly heavy.

Nat­u­ral in­sect con­trol is an­other pre­dicted emerg­ing theme. Gar­dens will con­tain plants that at­tract ben­e­fi­cial in­sects and help to re­pel un­de­sir­able ones. Nest­ing boxes for birds, in­sects and in­sec­tiv­o­rous bats will be more widely used.

Gar­den­ing is never bor­ing, but, hav­ing read this re­port, I can’t wait to see how it un­folds in 2017.

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