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Gardencore is a subgenre of Bloomcore and a nature-based aesthetic that revolves around gardens, gardening, homegrown goods, and upcycled junk within the garden. While many of the motifs of Gardencore overlap with Bloomcore, its key differentiations lie in its focus on down-to-earth, rustic, and practical elements, in contrast to the softer, ethereal, and more delicate themes of the latter. Therefore, at times, it aligns stronger with other nature-related aesthetics like Goblincore, Green Academia, and Soggy.

Gardencore places emphasis on community and eco-consciousness, and the use of salvaged items is a common motif. In addition to more common types of gardens like veggie patches, wildlife gardens, botanical gardens, and greenhouses, Gardencore is inclusive to non-traditional forms of gardens, such as terrariums, container gardens, and hanging gardens--although it primarily focuses on gardens grown at home or among members of a local community.

It shares common elements with Groundcore, Fairycore, and even Salvagepunk in its appreciation and use of miniature and/or handcrafted items. However, it is not the primary focus of Gardencore, nor is it the primary grounds that would constitute a piece of media as such, but these types of things are commonly found within gardens all over the world.

Above all else, Gardencore places emphasis on working alongside nature and having a hardworking, do-it-yourself mindset.

History[]

Victory garden

A piece of American WWI propaganda promoting victory gardens

In the early 20th century, when many of the world's resources were going towards World War I, Canada and the United States experienced a food shortage that caused prices for produce to inflate. In efforts to combat the rising costs, the propaganda started to emerge that pushed for people to grow "victory gardens"--gardens used to support the war effort.[1] It became a largely successful campaign, resulting in food production to grow enormously within these countries, particularly thanks to women who were staying at home and working with local communities and organizations. It also instilled a sense of patriotism within the community as victory gardens actively helped troops and neighbors in need. This would mark the origin of gardening at home becoming a widespread activity within North America, an activity that contrasted from the agrarian movements of the past and the deeply-rooted work of full-time farmers. It also marked the first common use of the term "community garden".[2] The propaganda and practice of Victory Gardens would catch on post-WWI, especially during WWII. A handful of victory gardens are still active today.

Jumping ahead to the mid 2000s, North American television experienced a growth in media regarding environmentalism and ecology, which came to a head during the late 2000s and early 2010s. This included media found in books, on television, and online advocating for the development and cultivation of gardens, as well as reusing upcycled goods within them. They often demonstrated and argued for the benefits of gardens for oneself, one's community, and the environment as a whole. This is attributed to the popularization of Gardencore as an aesthetic (despite the name uncommonly used in mainstream media).

Visuals[]

Gardencore contains a large variety of natural elements, all of which would be summarized in a word as how a garden would be: controlled.[3] It also commonly employs the use of upcycled materials and junk, as well as other rustic elements. Some visual motifs and examples of Gardencore include:

  • Earthy tones and colors
  • Gardens and plantlife
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Flowers
  • Dirt and soil
  • Compost
  • Trees, bushes, roots and twigs
  • Woodwork and metal, often old/worn
  • Gardening tools, including rusty tools
  • Salvaged and upcycled junk
  • Bugs and small animals found around/within gardens
  • Typewriter, handwriting, and stamp letter fonts

Media[]

  • dirtgirlworld (TV show, 2009-2010)
  • Marcel The Shell With Shoes On, Three (short web film, 2014)
  • The Secret World Of Arietty (movie, 2010)

References[]

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