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Gardening

A garden is a site where both amateurs and experts teach and learn. The teaching and learning that occurs in gardens encompasses almost every known permutation of formal and informal education. Gardening is a very popular pastime worldwide, and a wide range of training and advice is available to keen gardeners via formal courses, specialist societies, advice books, and websites and face-to-face interactions. Learning about gardening often occurs across generations, as family members pass on local, traditional, and cultural knowledge about seasons, plants, and soil. Neighbors swap cuttings together with narratives about “what works.” This intergenerational and community knowledge sharing sits at one end of a gardening pedagogical spectrum. This entry discusses how community gardens, allotments, and gardening organizations contribute to learning. It then details ...

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