gar·​den·​er ˈgär-də-nər How to pronounce gardener (audio) ˈgärd-nər How to pronounce gardener (audio)
plural gardeners
: a person who gardens:
: one employed to care for the gardens or grounds of a home, business concern, or other property
a professional gardener
… he wants to stay on the island and become a nursery gardener, like his grandfather …Edith Oliver
: one who spends time cultivating plants and tending a garden for pleasure or recreation
Both she and her husband are avid gardeners.
The natural reaction of an average gardener to most insect and weed problems is to reach for the toxic stuff.Amy Stewart

Examples of gardener in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For more experienced gardeners, here is how to grow fig trees from seed: First, acquire seeds. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 19 Feb. 2024 One from my landlord, Mike, who wants to know if the gardeners came today. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 14 Feb. 2024 The history of the street ties back to the eponymous Cadet brothers, 16th-century master gardeners who supplied the court with produce. Lane Nieset, Travel + Leisure, 7 Feb. 2024 Two garden managers – Angela Henderson and Paul Tillman – are pros and can help guide the newer gardeners. Page Leggett, Charlotte Observer, 1 Feb. 2024 Veri Tas serves as the events and communications coordinator at the garden and is also a gardener, a medicine maker and a workshop facilitator there. Allana Haynes, Baltimore Sun, 30 Jan. 2024 Damiano, a master gardener and educator, writes about gardening for The Associated Press. Jessica Damiano, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Jan. 2024 Serious hydroponic gardeners with large setups and big budgets typically choose LED grow lights or high-intensity discharge (HID) lights, but these are considerably more expensive than fluorescent bulbs. Michelle Ullman, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 Jan. 2024 After Proposition 64’s approval, many California gardeners – as well as non-gardeners – are expected to try their green thumbs at cannabis cultivation. Debbie Arrington, Sacramento Bee, 30 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gardener was in the 14th century

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“Gardener.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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: a person who gardens especially for pay

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