Just like sourdough-starting and tie-dying, it seemed like everyone got in on gardening at the start of the pandemic. And like those trends, people thought it would simmer down, once vaccinations rolled out and things started opening up. But the opposite has occurred.
“Those early container gardens and vegetable gardens gave people the confidence to start thinking about bigger, more ornamental gardens,” says Erin Schanen, the blogger behind The Impatient Gardener.
She’s not the only one to notice increased interest; as the weather warms, Google searches for “gardening” are on the rise, and a recent DIYs.com study of Pinterest pins found a few new gardening trends emerging: staycation gardens, social space gardens and rustic retreat gardens. They all seem to serve a similar purpose—providing an escape from the chaos of everyday life (and those same four walls you’ve been staring at all year). So, we came up with a catch-all term to encompass them all: getaway gardens. They’re a backyard sanctuary, whether you want to spend the afternoon with a good book in a shady spot…or simply need five minutes without your kids tugging on your sleeve shouting “hey mom, hey mom, hey maaaahm!” And, the good news is that you don’t need to have a palatial estate to pull one off. We’ll prove it.