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Vegetable gardening is experiencing a Renaissance

April 18, 2011

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Vegetable gardening is experiencing a Renaissance not seen since the 1940s

By Randy Shore

A new generation of vegetable gardeners is transforming the urban environment and the way we are thinking about food.

They are planting on boulevards, digging garden plots in city parks, tearing the sod out of their back yards and even their front yards and filling their balconies with pots full of herbs and greens. It’s the young, the urban, the cool. And the rest of us, too.


The number of households that report having a vegetable garden is now 53 per cent in the United States, according to the 2010 Summer Gardening Trends Research Report, issued regularly by the Garden Writers Association Foundation. That’s up from 38 per cent in 2009 and Canadians appear to be in lockstep with their southern neighbours.

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