POWER GARDENING

AN EARTHY HOBBY HAS BEEN TRANSFORMED INTO A STATUS GAME BY BOOMERS WITH PLENTY OF MONEY TO MULCH

A gardener of the old school will argue that there are three essential pieces of gardening equipment: expendable shoes, impenetrable gloves and a deep sense of humility at the chance to act as God's hands. Absent from that list: a pair of $585 leather-handled rose shears from Hermes; a $1,995 vip Robotic Solar Mower that cuts the lawn while you watch from a $595 replica of the benches at Giverny; and a Poopet, a lump of cow manure sculpted by the Pennsylvania Amish into "functional fecal friends" that will "nurture and decorate your garden for years to come." These are available...

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