I have been asked by a fellow member to say a bit about working as a landscaper in the UK, but it'd be good to get an insight into the U.S. green industry at the same time. First off, what does the word garden mean to you in America? A "yard" to an Englishman means an enclosed area (usually quite small) of hard paving at the rear of a house. If there is any grass it isn't a yard! One of my customers in Manchester, England, where I work, comes from Indiana, and I get in trouble (not serious) with her if I refer to the lawned areas at the back and front of her house as a garden. I asked her what the word garden means to her and she said it is somewhere you grow vegetables, but she didn't seem too sure. I believe the words "garden" and "yard" have a common origin, but that's no guide to their current meaning, and I would be interested to know what Americans understand by the word "garden". BTW, I'm going to the US for the first time in my life this Friday (NY City). Really looking forward to seeing the real thing.