The most popular hobby of the British is gardening. Most English people love gardens, their own above all, and this is probably one reason why so many people prefer to live in houses rather than flats. In the suburbs you can see row after row of ordinary small houses. And each house is surrounded by lots of flowers. Many people who have no gardens of their own have patches of land. They spend much leisure time working among their flowers, trees and vegetables. The British take part in numerous flower-shows and vegetable shows with very good prizes. Such shows are very popular in Britain. To many gardeners the process of growing the plants and taking care of them seems more important than the pleasure of looking at the flowers or the prospect of eating vegetables. In many places a competitive gardener's desire is to grow the biggest cabbages or leeks or carrots. So this is the most favourite hobby of the British people.