Recent industry trend reports say Americans are shifting their focus from the boardroom to the backyard. Here are seven gardening trends Georgians might expect in 2010. Main Street is in; Wall Street is out. The can-do spirit empowered by connectivity to neighbors and communities is fueling a renewed appreciation for our land.Edible gardens are in; lawns are out. Growing your own groceries is a hotter-than-ever trend. Front lawns will be transformed into rain gardens and landscape showcases using a variety of plant material and the latest multi-purpose turf varieties.Slow gardening is in; instant gratification is out. With the rising demand for locally grown and organically grown food, environmental horticulture and energy efficient products, people are gardening for the greater good. Sales for seed and food preservation equipment have increased nearly 50 percent.Mindful is in; bling is out. According to the National Marketing Institute, four out of five people say they’re still buying green products and services, which sometimes cost more, even in the thralls of a recession. More than two-thirds say they will select green over traditional, if it works for them.Eco-boosting is in; chemical dependent gardens are out. Green is the new black as consumers seek products that work with nature, not against it.Multitasking is in; single-purpose gardening is out. Rain barrels and rain gardens continue to remain popular as people seek ways to conserve water and reuse and recycle their resources.Perennials and shrubs are in; divas are out. Sustainable landscapes, water conservation, perennials and small edible shrubs are gaining popularity. Gardening with native plants attracts needed pollinators and birds critical for the balance of nature. Consumers are looking for plants that are easy-care, have great color (shock and awe) and are pest- and drought-tolerant.Georgia growers and wholesalers of floriculture and nursery crops have always been quick to respond to the changing marketplace. If these forecast trends prove true, consumers will find the right plants for the right place at the right time, and probably at the right price.
A property open for inspection at Marriot Street St Kilda. Picture: Andrew Henshaw“HOW much is it per week?”“Can we put nails in the wall?”“Who do we call if we break something?”These are just some of the questions first home buyers ask real estate agents during an open home when a property is for sale, not rent — revealing just how little many people know about what buying a home involves.Ray White Wilston principal Alistair Macmillan said he could not believe some of the questions he was being asked when opening listed properties up to the public for inspection. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Crowds wander through a house during a home inspection. Image: AAP/Julian Smith.Once, Mr Macmillan said he had to conduct an open home at a tenanted property while one of the renters was asleep in the main bedroom.“Selling properties that are tenanted can be very challenging,” he said.Mr Macmillan said other interesting questions included prospective buyers asking about the body corporate costs of a freehold property and asking for an agent’s bank account details to transfer a deposit. Crowds gather for a home inspection. Image: AAP/Angelo Velardo.So much so that it got him and his agency thinking about some of the funniest questions and scenarios they have been presented with.“Although it might seem ridiculous, we have been asked by prospective buyers things like; ‘Are pets ok?’ ‘Is there any issue having a dog at the property?’ Even questions about the size of the dog,” Mr Macmillan said.“With first home buyers I think it’s a real mental shift.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours ago OWNERS PAID THOUSANDS, SOLD FOR MILLIONS Ray White Wilston even put together a video, featuring Mr Macmillan and two professional actors, to offer a tongue-and-cheek look at just how clueless some prospective buyers can be. This home at 180 Thistle St, Gordon Park, is for sale.Shockingly, Mr Macmillan said one of his female agents was once told by a prospective buyer at an open home that the floors were so well polished, he could see the colour of her underwear.He said it was not uncommon for people to be locked inside a home after an inspection because they had decided to use the bathroom and the agent did not realise they were still inside. LAVISH BRISBANE SKY HOME SELLS AT HUGE DISCOUNT This home at 180 Thistle St, Gordon Park, is for sale. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality LevelsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen00:00 The video was created to help promote a new listing at 180 Thistle Street, Gordon Park, aimed at first home buyers.