Brian Minter on the Sunday Morning News

I recently saw one of British Columbia’s most well-known gardening experts, Brian Minter, on Global TV’s Sunday morning news.  As the owner of Country Garden Store and Minter Gardens, both located near Chilliwack BC, Brian has been actively promoting gardening since I was a child.  His genuine enthusiasm and passion for all things horticultural is almost legendary.

Brian Minter

Brian Minter

I have to say though, that I strongly disagree with what he said on the news!  When the reporter, Lynn Colliar, asked him about the “state of gardening in 2012” Brian said that it was a disaster.  He opined that the global economic crisis has caused us all to downsize, so we don’t have the space to grow anymore, and then, in the same breath, claimed that our busy lifestyles and tendency to travel more means that we don’t have the time or inclination for gardening.  Those two claims don’t exactly jive…

Then he spoke about getting kids interested in gardening, and proceeded to build a planter that would ostensibly be popular with children because it was filled with edibles.  I don’t disagree that introducing children to food gardening is a great strategy, but that planter!  It looked okay, but you aren’t going to grow two blueberries, a mulberry, an artichoke and various herbs together in what looked like a 14” or 16” wide planter for more than a season!  Why give people the impression that this is a viable method to produce food?

Grocery Garden - growing fruit and veggies

Grocery Garden - growing fruit and veggies

I also strongly disagree with his estimation of the “state of gardening”.  I think that more people, especially younger people, are getting interested in gardening, especially food gardening.  I see examples of this every day that I work at the garden centre.  Economic difficulties and high food prices mean that more people are looking to produce some of their own groceries, and instead of moving to that newer, bigger house, many people are finding ways to renovate and improve the appearance of their present homes.  Fresh landscaping can certainly help you feel better about your surroundings, as well as increasing the value of your property.

Attractive landscaping provides great curb appeal, and increases the value of your home!

Attractive landscaping provides great curb appeal, and increases the value of your home!

You are very knowledgeable and have been a great advocate for horticulture over the years Brian, but I think you missed the mark this time.


About hortophile

I am a very opinionated, slightly obsessed gardener with decades of experience in the retail nursery industry. A lucky resident of the "Wet Coast" of British Columbia I tread a muddy path between practicality and beauty, with my veggie patch, herb garden and fruits vying for position with the beautiful trees, shrubs and flowers that I can't resist. DON'T ask me to choose between them! I believe in environmental responsibility and common sense.
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5 Responses to Brian Minter on the Sunday Morning News

  1. barb19 says:

    I haven’t heart of Brian Minter, so can’t comment much about what he said – but I tend to agree with you that more people these days are getting interested in gardening, especially in growing their own food, to counteract the high cost of buying it.
    My son is one of them – he has been growing his own veggies for a couple of years now, and gets great pleasure out of doing it. All my efforts teaching and showing how to grow things when he was a boy, have not been in vain!

  2. jule1 says:

    I love the landscaping in your front yard, by the way. It’s so pretty.

    I bet Mr. Minter is out of touch with everyday people, since he is a big celebrity. Whereas you have contact with real people, working in a garden center. You see what real people buy, and are able to talk with them, and get a feel for what they are doing. I suspect Mr. Minter just hasn’t had that type of experience in a while.

    It’s so nice you gave him accolades for what he accomplished, and were able to disagree with him about what you feel were some misstatements. Throwing out the baby with the bathwater is no good, but it’s great that you know when an “authority” has missed the mark.

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