Last week I pointed out an article in the Wall Street Journal that crowned the backyard greenhouse with the appellation, “the new woman cave” (as if there was a previous woman cave… ). I applauded the idea of having a greenhouse, but quailed at the moniker; I despise the term “man cave,” so why would I approve of the term “woman cave?”
But I didn’t want to make this all about me, so I asked you what you thought. Here are your answers!
See What I See: Plants said: I agree re the terms bc they gender a human need for privacy. Why emulate male gender anxiety, reinforcing its fear of the feminine?
Frosted Flower said: I can’t agree more! I’ve always wanted a greenhouse, but that term is awful, not as bad as the ‘m’ word though. Ugh. (ed. note: Dare I reveal my ignorance and admit that I have no idea what the ‘m’ word is? Oh, I guess I just did. ~AR)
Gwendolyn the Great said: Stupid term, perfect idea. I am plant obsessed and would love to have a greenhouse big enough to spend time in comfortably. I’d never leave!
Timothy Designs said: Stupid term! How is it not sexist to think that only women would want such a space?
Magtri said: Yes I would love a greenhouse, and man-cave, woman-cave is completely overused and no longer funny.
Fallon-Christine’s Faybles said: I would love a greenhouse. Nature is my stress relief so being able to have a “secret garden” of my own sounds pretty good.
Well, there you have it. The NYBG Tumblr: blowing the lid off the backyard greenhouse beat! ~AR
ps - Ah yes … the “m” word would be moist! Thanks for the reminder Frosted Flower!
As our Director of Exhibitions, Karen Daubmann has been the one-woman workforce behind much of what our guests experience season after season. Rarely does a major show go without her input. This year, NYCGo’s Annie Bergen sat down with Karen to get an idea of just what the Orchid Show—not to mention “The Green Man,” Patrick Blanc—is all about.
Have a listen to the podcast, then click through the title link above for information on how to take advantage of their BOGO Orchid Show ticket offer. Being tapped for NYCGo’s March Culture Spot comes with perks for our visitors. ~MN
But, anecdotally, it really does feel like weather patterns are changing, from the southwest to the northeast. What do you think? Have you noticed any changes in the plants you can grow in your garden? ~AR
I hate to be negative, but I’m going to be, because I am having trouble putting into words how much I cannot stand the term Woman Cave. And Man Cave too, while I’m at it. They both cause a visceral reaction in me, like nails on a chalkboard, or how some people are made nauseous by the word “moist.”
Now that we have that out of the way, I can get onto the confession portion of this post: I yearn for one of these greenhouses, for “a sunny, private, plant-filled (sanctuary) filled with the sound of classical music or NPR.” Yes! I mean, what plant-obsessed woman in her right mind wouldn’t want that? So what do you think? Stupid term, good idea? Stupid idea, reasonable term? Would you like to have a greenhouse in your backyard (that is, if you have a backyard)?
There are so many reasons to love orchids—the most obvious one being that they’re incredibly gorgeous. But beyond that, they instantly make any space feel more elegant and alive (which is why, if you come over to my house, you’ll find an orchid in just about every…