New Years Bonus Replay – The 2017 Garden Trends Report with Katie Dubow #Grow365

Katie Dubow is the Creative Director at Garden Media Group. A trend spotter and passionate gardener herself, Katie shares an overview the 2017 Garden Trends Report! Every year Garden Media Group produces a fantastic trend report on the state of gardening for the coming year. In this year’s report, there are eight trends that inspire clean gardening which, thanks to technological advances and consumer demand, can happen 365 days-a-year. #Grow365

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An Overview of 2017 Garden Trends Report with Garden Media Group Representative Katie Dubow

Interview Questions

Before we start chatting about the 2017 Garden Trends report, why don’t you tell us about yourself and what you do for Garden Media Group?

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Garden Media Group has published this garden report annually since 2001. How much work goes into producing the report and how are you able to spot trends?

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What’s some of the thinking that goes behind the report titles every year? This year it’s Grow 365.

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Out of the constellations of options available, it was a beautiful crop of succulents that made the cover of the report for 2017. What prompted that choice for the cover?

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Let’s walk through the seven main points that make up the Garden Trends report. The first trend has to do with something you refer to as Peak Season. How has technology affected our ability to grow 365 days-a-year?

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The next trend is something you call Wellness Hotspots. This whole area is really the counterpoint to our high tech lives, isn’t it?

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I got a little tense when I read about trend three - Tidy Gardens. This reminded me of the whole decluttering craze for the home. Is it making its way out to the garden now?

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You offer 8 Pillars to tidy up garden spaces. Would you walk us through them?

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Clean Gardening is the fourth trend. The number of people that are drawn to Clean Gardening every year – THANK GOD – continues to grow. Why don’t you define this for us and then share some of the ways we can make our gardens safer.

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The Fifth trend, Uber-izing Gardening, made me laugh! You see big changes thanks to things like subscription services and on-demand gardening services. How are these offerings going to change the way we garden?

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Trend 6 is a little sassy. You call it Buzz Off and it’s all about mosquitos. Dealing with mosquitos is a big deal and it’s a big challenge for our country. We’ve got a lot of educating to do in this area, don’t we?

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The last trend is about creating a gardening culture in the US, you call it Gardening Love. In this trend you put the spotlight on two major organizations committed to uniting industry professionals, scientists, and more. Let’s profile each of them.

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Why don’t we wrap up by telling folks how they can find out more about the 2017 Garden Trends Report and how they can contact you.

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An Overview of 2017 Garden Trends Report with Garden Media Group Representative Katie Dubow


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