Gardening started in schools in 1914-18 and grew in 1939-45, after that it became less utilitarian and included fruit, flowers, shrubs and vegetables. The title 'gardening' was used for a subject in 494 schools; rural studies or rural science in 722 others.
In the 1970s the emphasis moved to 'Environmental Studies' but only last year a 'gardening' teacher retired from our local school. The subject was then dropped.
S McB Carson
Wells next the Sea, Norfolk