There’s been a lot bluster going on in garden circles since the Garden Writer’s Association presented a breakout session at their annual symposium entitled ‘Gardening with a Generation Y’. Kelly Norris, the presenter, who at an accomplished 22, tried his level best to convince his audience (mostly older than him) that his generation, the ‘Y’s’ were different than previous generations…just like when I was 22 and I tried to convince anyone significantly older that my generation was different…just like my parents tried to convince their elders that their generation was different…just like my grandparents and their parents and their parent’s parents did.
The cyclical passage of time doesn’t take away from each generation’s unique qualities, causes and lifestyle choices–each is and has to be influenced by their own time. It also doesn’t take away from the fact that the world does evolve and change and time marches inevitably on–especially in a garden. Each new generation must and will find their own way–some will find new paths to follow, others well worn ones. As for Gen Y gardeners, some already have gardens of their own unique style and some don’t–still others are content with a small pot of violets on a window sill just like the ones their grandmas had.
There will be naysayers and skeptics on both sides–some are afraid of the new, some reject and resent the old. Neither side is certain and both are still learning what it is to be themselves in this particular space and time. What is certain though is that each next generation will come of age and as part of the process they will decree that they are different from those who came before them.