Being a young female on the Internet

The blog title made you worry and start reading this, didn’t it… Three-quarters of women and girls expect abuse if they post an opinion about politics or current affairs online. People tell you to watch yourself online; be on your best behaviour if you’re going to ‘put yourself out there’. 55% of women suffer anxietyContinue reading “Being a young female on the Internet”

Can social media become your horticultural tutor?

Being self-employed means I work alone. It’s hard to experience new things/be exposed to new gardening techniques when I don’t have a traditional, real life, role model; so I’ve let the people I interact with on social media become mine. After a few years as a gardener, you find yourself beginning to repeat what you’veContinue reading “Can social media become your horticultural tutor?”

I’m told I’m ‘good at my job’ as long as I stay in my gender assigned role

What type of person do you picture when you hear the occupation ‘gardener’ or ‘landscaper’? A middle-aged, well-built white man with a van who mows the lawn, cuts hedges and is very capable of doing jobs you can’t do yourself? What type of person do you picture when you hear ‘female gardener’? An older, white,Continue reading “I’m told I’m ‘good at my job’ as long as I stay in my gender assigned role”

DIVERSITY: #gnarlygardens

Gardens should be ugly beautiful; filled with life and movement. They should thrive off their imperfections and enhance the lives of birds, bugs, bees and yourself. When beginning my studies, I thought that gardens had to be pristine, that there shouldn’t be a weed in sight and that this was the ‘ideal’; any less thanContinue reading “DIVERSITY: #gnarlygardens”

#2

The second year of Eleanor Owens Gardening is complete. It’s been fantastic working with clients in their gardens (especially when it’s sunny)! It’s exciting helping each garden evolve year by year as all are vastly different. I am enjoying taking on bigger tasks and learning more difficult techniques. Smashed college. Gained a Distinction* diploma inContinue reading “#2”

Diversity in horticulture: TV

“51% of 14-24 year olds watch a range of gardening programmes” “40% of 14-24 year olds watch Gardener’s World” Gardening is portrayed in the media as white, middle class, male dominated and ageist. If this form of media is critical for growth in horticulture then why are they enforcing the dull, traditional gardening stereotypes? TelevisionContinue reading “Diversity in horticulture: TV”