Gender and Gardening
This chapter empirically examines if the garden is a classed and gendered space.
I argue that the construction of gender rests on its proximity to positions of class.
Working-class women, for example, have historically been denied the right to be
‘ladies’, because of their distance from middle-classness (Skeggs 1997). In this
chapter, I interrogate what gendered proximities to class bring to gardening practices:
I ask, what differences inhered in the kinds of masculine and feminine gardening
working-and middle-class people did in 1990s British culture. Comprised of three
sections, the first part of the chapter explores the historical antecedents of gendered
gardening; the second turns to garden practices and asks if men and women do
different types of gardening; and the third using case studies of floristry and flower
arranging, asks if there was a specifically gendered collection of aesthetic practices
among the people of the study.