chapter  6
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Class, Taste and Gardening

This chapter empirically examines how people occupy and inhabit the social and

cultural positions of class. Keeping ordinary practices and aesthetics at the forefront

of the analysis, it asks if the garden is a site where identities of class are played

out and if gardeners make aesthetic choices according to how they are positioned

by class. I address these questions by attending to the facets identified by Felski’s

(2000) phenomenological approach to ordinariness in everyday life: its temporality

through ‘repetition’, its grounding at ‘home’ and its rhythms of ‘habit’.