28 Feb 1960’s – the garden trend – never to be repeated!
When we use the term gardening we think of growing flowers and plants or mowing the lawn. Gardening to the lay person usually means keeping the garden nice and tidy just like we would our home. For others who are passionate about their outdoor space, they may see their garden as an extension of their home or another room but outside.
Garden designs (or another way to put is) how we as individuals use our outside or garden space tend to follow ‘trends’. Trends have changed over the decades and we are always influenced by ‘the latest trends’.
One of the garden trends which should never have happened, let alone be repeated; was of the 1960’s. The time when gardeners leant heavily towards using harsh chemicals to offer a quick solution to all those pesky insects that attacked our beautiful plants and flowers.
Many enthusiasts started using these pesticides as a quick fix to aid the keen gardener wanting to take the trophy at the local village show for best garden design or the best roses or the biggest vegetables etc…. These poisonous sprays protected the beautiful blooms and gardening became somewhat effortless.
However, it was soon realised that these pesticides used so freely for cosmetic use was poisoning our wild life. Luckily it was also during the sixties that the trends were influenced by the eastern idea of a more natural way of life and living. These extended to the way we perceived our garden designs which also shifted towards the more natural approach to gardening; eliminating the use of harsh chemicals.