As this is my first article for 2016, I wanted to take this moment to sum up 2015 and talk about the year ahead for gardening enthusiasts and homeowners who enjoy their outdoor spaces.
The years 2014 and 2015 saw a lot of Canadians in transition. Housing markets were up and down all over the country. Personally, it felt like we were getting settled for the next stage of our lives. Even if you weren’t looking for a new space to live, it was clear that homeowners were taking a closer look at their existing houses and making some big changes.
The backyard became an opportunity for extra living space. Landscape companies were busy installing bigger decks and patios with more room for fireplaces and barbecues. We also saw a boom in vegetables, and growing your own food. Rising prices at the grocer and uncertainty in chemicals used by various countries shipping produce into Canada were both contributing factors in this movement.
So what is in store for 2016? Here are my predictions based on three separate groups of homeowners that are moving in three different directions in the backyard spaces.