Definition of horticulture
: the science and art of growing fruits, vegetables, flowers, or ornamental plants
horticulturalplay \ˌhȯr-tə-ˈkəl-chə-rəl\ adjective
horticulturallyplay \ˌhȯr-tə-ˈkəl-chə-rə-lē\ adverb
Recent Examples of horticulture from the Web
Dennis Patton is a horticulture agent with Kansas State University Research and Extension.
UConn horticulture professor Mark Brand devoted 15 years to creating a seedless, and therefore sterile, version of barberry.
Tristan Johnson talked about how horticulture has become increasingly important in our economy and community.
Tim Johnson is director of horticulture for the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe.
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Did You Know?
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.
HORTICULTURE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of horticulture for English Language Learners
: the science of growing fruits, vegetables, and flowers
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