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With the rise of the global economy, and the never-ending availability of products, including fresh produce, from supermarkets like Walmart and Amazon, many traditional practices like gardening and sewing, and other crafts, are becoming less and less necessary every year.

But, not all old-fashioned practices have disappeared, regardless of economic trends. Gardening, for example, remains a hobby, passion, and even entire lifestyle practiced by millions of people around the world.

In this article, we discuss gardening in-depth, including when people started gardening at home as well as which countries have the most gardeners at home today.

When Did People Start Gardening at Home?

A close up of the tops of a wheat crop. The sun is shining down on them.
Early agriculture is estimated to have started at least 23,000 years ago.

Agriculture on the most basic level, organized and purposeful planting, growing, and harvesting of crops, for food, is theorized to date back well over 20,000 years.

Some historians speculate that personal gardens, what we call backyard gardens today, came into style after The Plague swept through the world back in the 14th century allowing commoners to own and occupy some land and grow a bit of food on their own for the first time.

Over the centuries, as more and more people began to own property, gardening at home increased in popularity. In the early 1900s, around the time of WWI, and again during the 1940s and 50s, in the wake of WWII, a wave of garden-mania gripped the world.

In the US, these gardens were known as “victory” gardens. In Germany, they were called “viewing” gardens, or “allotment” gardens. These are the gardens of your grandparents and great-grandparents.

You know remember them, with their big juicy tomatoes that tasted ten times as tasty as the ones you get from the store.

Flash forward to modern times and people seem to be gardening more than ever before. And, with the current state of world affairs, it is no surprise why. Every bit of food you produce on your own is that much less to spend on the next grocery bill.

4 Countries With the Most Gardens

Now, let’s have a look at the four countries with the most people and households that garden. You might just be surprised at these numbers!

Canada

Two thick rows of greens growing in rich black soil surrounded by a white picket fence and farm buildings.
A Canadian “country” garden.

Canada is another country that is steeped in pristine and beautiful nature which has a strong gardening community. According to old the Environment, Energy, and Transportation Statistics Division, 57-percent of Canadian households claimed to grow some of their food in a garden.

Our best guess is that after the COVID crisis well over 60-percent of Canadians are gardening from home. That’s around 22.5 million Canadian gardeners, eh!

USA

Purple flowers and other greenery planted along a white picket fence looking into a backyard garden with other plants growing.
An American backyard garden.

In the United States of America, approximately 35-percent of the 328 million people have some sort of home garden. That’s a whopping 115 million gardeners.

It is no surprise though, as America was tamed by families gardening at home on homesteads and small farms.

UK

Purple flowers, and roses, growing on both sides of a sidewalk overlooking an English townhouse.
A backyard garden in the United Kingdom.

In the United Kingdom, where the population is much smaller than that of the US, there are around 27 million gardeners. That means that around 41-percent of the UK’s population is growing something at home.

That’s a pretty big portion of the country gardening at home.

Germany

A greenhouse, fruit trees, and a few shrubs growing on a german allotment.
A German allotment garden.

In Germany, where the population is just over 83 million, there are around 1.4 million allotment gardens currently being used and the demand for new gardens is on the rise.

That means that at least close to 2-percent of the population are already gardening, and an even larger percentage of people are interested. The cool thing is that the youth in Germany are just as interested in gardening as the older generations.

Which Countries Really Have the Most Gardens?

Bottom line? The number of home gardens around the world is unknown, and quite frankly is a number that’s changing with every season.

By sheer volume of gardens, the US is a definite contender for the country with the most gardens.

Other large countries, like Africa, India, China, and Russia, that we have little statistics to explore, could have far greater numbers of gardens.

By our estimates, approximately 250 million or more gardens exist in North America and Western Europe alone (including Mexico, France, and other countries not mentioned above).

The amount of home gardens in the entire world is an impossible number to tally up. Hence, there is no way to tell for sure which countries gardens the most.

But, theoretically, if you added South America, Africa, India, China, Russia, and the rest of Europe into the mix then we could easily be looking at something like just under 1 billion to more than 1.5 billion gardens in the world today.

Regardless of the actual numbers, in most countries, it seems that the practice of home gardening is more than simply a trend; it is a thriving way of life.

Suggested Reading: WHAT IS ORGANIC GARDENING?

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