chapter  4
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Representation of Woman

The number-one leisure activity in the United States is gardening. That translates into enormous revenues for companies that offer goods and services for the home gardener.

However, gardening can be viewed as more than designing a space with plants. To the student of culture and history, gardening is also a representation of a time and place simply because it is a material expression. For example, the plant called purple loose-strife was once considered a desirable ornamental perennial. Today, it is seen as an exotic invasive because it chokes out other plants along our highways, where it is now growing rampantly. The present concern for the environment has redefined this plant. To have it in your garden, as some people still do, is to snub the environment.