Alright, I am so tired of hearing about how young people do not garden or if they do, they didn't start until they get out of college and then garden because they think it is 'trendy'. I am here to say that I am in my early thirties (which apparently makes me a 'youngster'); and yes, I went to college (and had container gardens at my apartment), and I have been gardening as long as I can remember. I don't do it to be 'trendy' and I am not going to get bored of it and give it up tomorrow because I failed at growing one or two items. I garden because I love it. My day is not complete until I get my hands and toes covered in mud/dirt.
I know lots of people who enjoy gardening that are in their 20s and 30s. We are out there and WE DO EXIST. Gardening is not going to go the way of the Dodo or the Moa anytime soon. Maybe more of us are in apartments because we cannot afford a Mcmansion with an acre of land to plant large-scale gardens on; and therefore maybe we spend more time container gardening than building a Victorian garden. It is still gardening and it still counts. Give us a little credit.
Sure, maybe it seems like a lot of young people today have lives that are too busy to stop and smell the roses, but maybe no one ever took the time to SHOW them how to stop and smell the roses. Or why they SHOULD. Share the gardening knowledge with your friends - young and old. Gardening has no age limits as far as I am concerned.
I learned from my parents and my grandparents. My grandmother took me around her garden and pointed out all the plants and their scientific names. My mother gave me my own little 4x4 foot plot of dirt to plant flower seeds in when I was a little kid. I dug the rows, I planted the seeds, I watered it, I weeded it, and I got to pick the flowers whenever I wanted. It was my domain and I loved it. If one wants young people to become interested in gardening, give them a plot, or a pot, or heck - a foam cup; give them seeds, show them the way and let them have at it. Have you ever seen how happy little kids are when they come home with that bean sprout they grew in class? They are elated. They just need someone to nuture that curiosity about nature and how it all works.
Gardening is addictive. Trust me. We had a huge garden when I was a kid. The neighbor kids would run home tell their parents they wanted to grow stuff just like so and so across the street, and pretty soon little garden plots were popping up everywhere. Kids love that stuff. They just need someone to teach them.
So, to all the people out there moaning about the younger crowd not wanting to keep the art of gardening alive - take some action and share the knowledge. Let the neighbor kid smell the flowers in your yard (even let them pick one or two if you are feeling extra generous that day) You might be surprised how receptive young people will be. Share the love, man. Share the love.