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Women rule the roost when it comes to gardening

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A new survey suggests that when it comes to designing the garden, women rule the roost.

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A new survey suggests that when it comes to designing the garden, women rule the roost. In a study of 2,000 people, Arthritis Research UK found that a quarter of women (23 per cent) steamroll their decisions through because they believe they have better taste in garden furniture, compared to their spouse. Just 13 per cent of men argue otherwise. Women also claim to know more about which plants or shrubs work best in their garden spaces. Four in 10 argued they are more green-fingered than their partner while 28 per cent of men said otherwise, arthritisresearchuk.org writes. Commenting on the findings, garden designer and dailytelegraph.co.uk writer, Bunny Guinness, said she understands that men aren't often as confident about matching colours or potting as their significant others. "Men say they can't do colour and that is why women tend to take control. Often it is women who do planting side and men do the grunt stuff," she said tellingly. The survey confirmed that men do indeed take on the more physically demanding tasks in the garden, with three quarters revealing they dig and mow significantly more often than their partner does. Most women, on the other hand, stick to weeding and potting. Despite the niggles and indifferences about duties, 90 per cent of couples don't actually argue about their gardens. When disagreements do arise, it normally comes down to costs and what to do with it.

Author:

Chris Taylor

17th May 2012