horticulture

noun
hor·​ti·​cul·​ture | \ ˈhȯr-tə-ˌkəl-chər How to pronounce horticulture (audio) \

Definition of horticulture

: the science and art of growing fruits, vegetables, flowers, or ornamental plants

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Other Words from horticulture

horticultural \ ˌhȯr-​tə-​ˈkəl-​chə-​rəl How to pronounce horticultural (audio) \ adjective
horticulturally \ ˌhȯr-​tə-​ˈkəl-​chə-​rə-​lē How to pronounce horticulturally (audio) \ adverb
horticulturist \ ˌhȯr-​tə-​ˈkəl-​chə-​rist How to pronounce horticulturist (audio) \ or less commonly horticulturalist \ ˌhȯr-​tə-​ˈkəl-​ch(ə-​)rə-​list How to pronounce horticulturalist (audio) \ noun

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Hortus is Latin for "garden", and the first gardens were planted about 10,000 years ago in what is often called the Fertile Crescent—the crescent-shaped area stretching from Israel north through Syria and down Iraq's two great rivers to the Persian Gulf. Probably more fertile in previous centuries than it is today, it was the original home of such food plants as wheat, barley, peas, and lentils or their ancient ancestors (not to mention the ancestors of cows, pigs, sheep, and goats as well). Many horticulturists today work as researchers or plant breeders or tend orchards and greenhouses—but most American households contain at least one amateur horticulturist.

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And their supremely talented horticulture staff follow that up with stunning summer boarders of annuals, perennials and bodacious tropicals. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Need summer plant inspiration? Here are 4 beautiful gardens to visit near Louisville," 5 July 2019 These fungi are feeding on decaying organic matter, such as leaves and mulch, but not plants, said Steve Mayer, horticulture educator in the Purdue-Marion County Extension Office. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Weather prime for fungus problems," 28 June 2019 The West End Neighbors Garden Tour goes way beyond horticulture. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, "Blundering Gardener: To be a gardener, it’s best to embrace the win some, lose some philosophy," 22 June 2019 The Boston and Brooklyn parks both feature lush horticulture that seamlessly integrates with the play areas. Shirley Leung, BostonGlobe.com, "Martin’s Park: A place for peace and play," 8 June 2019 With a constant revolution of fine art exhibitions and agricultural displays, this institution really puts the culture in horticulture. Kaitlyn Wylde, Vogue, "What’s So Great About Great Barrington? A Weekend Guide to the Quietly Cool Berkshire Town," 25 Oct. 2018 Now that Spring has arrived, volunteers at the Fort Bend County Master Gardener Program are busy with a plethora of horticulture projects designed to help people learn about plants, gardening and composting among other things. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend Master Gardener program thrives," 26 Mar. 2018 The master gardeners are among the various presenters to speak on horticulture topics during the Kingwood Garden Club’s monthly meetings, which occur the first Tuesday of every month at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Kingwood. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Garden Club helps Kingwood go green," 19 May 2018 Knox is a Hartford nonprofit that works to promote horticulture and reforestation in the city. Staff Report, courant.com, "Employees From The Hartford Help Plant Dozens Of Trees In City For Arbor Day," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of horticulture

1678, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for horticulture

Latin hortus garden + English -i- + culture — more at yard

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The first known use of horticulture was in 1678

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horticulture

noun

English Language Learners Definition of horticulture

: the science of growing fruits, vegetables, and flowers

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