I recently received this message from Kim W. on Facebook – “Just read a post on your wall with regards to 25-35 year olds taking up gardening, I am in this bracket, I don’t know what I’m doing but I absolutely love it, I love being out amongst my plants and watching them grow, see what’s working what’s not, googling things I don’t understand ect! It’s all new to me but I’m loving the experience!”
A message like this is music the the ears of anyone involved in the garden trade.
Kim went on to discuss her experiences of gardening on Facebook…
“I also recently joined a gardening Facebook page “friendly gardeners” after a couple of weeks I plucked up the courage to post my own photo after being in awe and inspired by all the experienced gardeners! I was after some advice on some shrubs I had, after 3 minutes of posting I was met by a very negative comment, no constructed Criticism or advice about the question asked! Just so you know I felt totally embarrassed and I deleted my post and will not be posting again! I wanted to message you just to make you aware how sometimes other people’s actions can effect people! I have now totally lost my confidence ! I’m very proud of my hard work and I’ve attached a before and after of my garden 2 months ago! My garden is small I don’t know what in doing but I love beauty of every tiny leaf in my garden, and I appreciate every garden, even if it’s not to my taste! I was always taught if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say it all all!”
The comment in question I am sad to say came from me, and just shows how easy it s for us, in our use of social media to inadvertently disrespect someone who has taken the time to share their gardening experience.
It is worth all of us involved in managing Facebook to think twice before posting.
I most certainly will be!
Kim has also agreed to share these images of her garden.
There is much for us to learn.
Chalkboards on fences. – What a superb idea!!!!!!