Emerging Industry Overview: Specialty Gardening

Industry Snapshot

There are many different kinds of specialty gardens. Specialty gardens include the following: rose, water, rock, butterfly, koi pond, container, hummingbird, handicapped-focused (allows people with disabilities to enjoy gardening), hydroponic (plants grown without soil), organic, roof, or xeriscaping (plants grown without a steady supply of water).

Specialty gardening has grown in popularity over the past few years. This is due to a renewed interest in creating custom gardens that may be a bit different than the usual suburban flowerbeds. Urban spaces are now home to roof gardens, organic gardens, rock gardens, and other specialty gardens designed to better the experience for city dwellers.

The study of hydroponics and aeroponics came about early in the nineteenth century as a result of research seeking how to grow fresh vegetables using only water and minerals. Hydroponics is a subset of soilless gardening, but it uses no sand culture, whereas soilless gardening requires only that silt and clay are not used and sand culture is allowed. Aeroponics is sometimes considered a part of hyroponics because water is sometimes used as a growing medium. Aeroponics is where plants are grown without soil or an aggregate medium. The interest in both hydroponics and aeroponics has increased in recent years as hobbyist and urban farmers seek diverse ways to grow healthful foods or beautiful flowers for themselves or for others.