My point exactly Verdun
And yet people keep wanting GW to cater for 'the average gardener'
An excellent point, Verdun, that 'average' is a mathematical term, not a human one. I guess, in this context, 'average' means the mass of people in the middle of the spectrum who are not experts but whho do take an interest in their gardens. I imagine that those people are exactly who GW is designed for, but it convers such a wide spectrum that no-one is completely satisfied.
I'm definitely exceptional!
Larger than average garden, colder winters than average Brit winters and more than average interest in plants though learning to go for good doers now rather than waste more money on the rarer ones that can't cope. Still lots to learn and do and enjoy.
some one who enjoys gardening no matter what .
It's partly about knowledege but for me also about time, space and money.
Clearly the GW presenters have more time and space (and possibly money) to devote to their gardening, also a far greater degree of knowledege and expertise. The trick is for them to use all of this to inspire and inform the rest of us, which they do pretty well.
Like many people I dream of being able to retire before I am totally knackered, with sufficient money to be able to have a bigger garden. Perhaps then I will be an above average gardener by my own definition!
So do we know what one is yet?
I think an 'average' gardener is someone who keeps their garden tidy, buys bedding plants every year from the supermarket, plants them out too early and wonders why they don't flourish. They like their garden to look nice but don't have enough interest to find out more. I don't think the 'average gardener' has a passion for gardening , which is a shame , they don't know what they're missing
Verdun wrote (see)
I'm special me. Everyone's different to me. Nobody thinks like me Only I know what I'm thinking There's no better or worse version of me anywhere
We're all learning all the time no matter how much we think we know, and there's always someone who has a little snippet of info or a tip to pass on that we can add to our mental notebook.
As Dudley Moore once said 'Good taste is what everyone thinks they have'. He was talking about music of course, but it can easily be applied to gardening and lots of other things. As long as WE like OUR gardens that's what really matters doesn't it?
And we can always have our rants on GG's thread!