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Origin’s Great Gardening Gap Research

Origin's latest research has revealed that young homeowners have 'thrown in the trowel' when it comes to gardening with nine out of 10 struggling to spot the most common garden plants.

The study into the gardening habits of 25-35 year olds found that being too busy and not having the green fingered knowledge meant the majority struggle to nurture their gardens and plants. In fact, when asked what age people finally get the hang of gardening, respondents said it wasn't until the age of 40.


A tulip couldn't be identified by three quarters of those asked, while even more surprisingly, 87 per cent struggled to recognise a geranium. Three quarters were stumped by jasmine, while 57 per cent didn't know what a fuchsia looks like.

And though over three quarters could spot a buttercup, three in ten under 35's had no idea what a garden hoe looked like. Over half had no idea that a dandelion is a weed.

Only 1 per cent said their gardening skills were 'very good', while 55 per cent described themselves as poor when it comes to gardening knowledge.

Over a quarter of those polled had tried to grow plants, only for them to die just weeks later as a result of not knowing their gardening basics. A further six in ten said their garden is currently in dire need of attention. Over forty per cent said that they do 'the minimum amount possible' to maintain their outdoor space.

The study shows a 'gardening generation gap', as young homeowners aren't engaging with their outdoor spaces. As a result, the traditional style of the British garden is changing, with the new generation wanting low maintenance gardens that still create a great view.
But it's important we don't lose the connection with our outdoor spaces!

The Origin survey revealed that the younger generation are split when it comes to enjoying gardening. Half don't really enjoy getting green fingers, but the gap in knowledge is the reason – more than half of those who don't like gardening said it was mainly because they are 'clueless' around the topic.

Nurturing an interest in gardening and showing the rewards that outdoor space can bring is essential, even growing plants in small spaces, such as a window box, can be fun and productive — you just need a little sunshine and some imagination!

Window Box

That's why we've teamed up with Jack Shilley, the Director of the Young Horts society and a RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold winner, to create a series of simple 'how to' videos to get them started. The series will give them the skills and confidence to keep great British gardens alive, and improve the views from their first homes.

Top 20 gardening jobs Brits neglect to do

  1. Weeding
  2. Dead-heading
  3. Cutting the grass
  4. Pruning flowers or plants
  5. Digging flowerbeds
  6. Choosing plants or flowers for the garden
  7. Planting at the right time of year
  8. Watering flowers/plants
  9. Generally keeping a garden clean and tidy
  10. Arranging flowers or plants in flowerbeds
  11. Keeping the plants or flowers alive
  12. Maintaining hanging baskets


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