My apologies to Dire Straits.
“G” may be for Garden, but apparently HGTV hasn’t learned its ABCs.
A disturbing trend of Home and Garden Television is its continued emphasis on the home; selling/buying or remodeling (as if any of that truly spoke of “home”) at the expense of any garden themed programming.
And, no, Curb Appeal doesn’t count.
On Thursday mornings, at 6:00 a.m., I sit under the covers clutching my tea mug and waiting for my one televised garden visit of the week. Lucky for me I missed most of the original shows, so it’s all new to me. I’ve been introduced to some lovely gardens and gardeners, but at some point, HGTV you have to make new programs. If the lovely Erica Glasener has moved on, find another host. Also, put the darn show on later in the day. Not everyone gets up with the chickens.
Desperate Landscapes is really just a home improvement show disguised as a landscaping show, but I love watching Jason Cameron help those hoe-ly inept folks transform their outdoor spaces. I especially like learning about which plants perform well throughout the country. By the way, this show needs new programs too. I’ve seen them all. We all have.
There’s also Weekend Gardening, but the format and host, Maureen Gilmer, seriously give me the willies. I want to yank the laptop out her hand, give her a shovel and make her dig instead of her hired help.
There you have it. That’s about all there is to the “G” in HGTV (and two are on DIY.)
Gardening is hot and dirty work sometimes. When are the media experts going to pull themselves up by their boot straps and start telling the truth? Viewers and Readers know it, and they’re still gardening. Look at the explosion of gardening blogs on Blotanical. In fact, gardening is still one of the most popular hobbies in the United States. Just ask my friend, Mary Ann. She found all the statistics today.
Even if Jason shows up and renews your landscape, someone must still maintain what’s planted, and that’s where true gardening comes in.
Hasn’t anyone at HGTV heard that more and more Americans are growing their own food in their own vegetable gardens? Doesn’t the network brass get that those newbie gardeners might like some assistance? There’s more to home life than what color of paint to put on the walls.
In fact, HGTV could learn something from a local show produced, filmed and hosted here in central Oklahoma. Oklahoma Gardening has been a part of my Saturday mornings on OETA, the local PBS affiliate, for the past 33 years, and the show just gets better and better. Filmed at the Extension Gardens at Oklahoma State University, this accurate, information based show is intelligent, timely and suited for its Oklahoma audience. Also, new shows are prepared every year to be shown during the gardening season. Re-runs are limited to the wintertime where they should stay.
So that’s my rant for the day. HGTV, are you listening?