hor·ti·cul·ture | \ˈhȯr-tə-ˌkəl-chər \

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 \ adjective
horticulturally \ˌhȯr-tə-ˈkəl-chə-rə-lē \ adverb
horticulturist \ˌhȯr-tə-ˈkəl-chə-rist \ or less commonly horticulturalist \ˌhȯr-tə-ˈkəl-ch(ə-)rə-list \ 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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Purich Singkharaj, another young Thai farmer, has a horticulture degree from Chiang Mai University. Prisana Kongwong, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why young professionals are taking up farming in Thailand," 2 July 2018 Beneficials in the Garden With William M. Johnson, Galveston County extension horticulture agent. Kathy Huber, Houston Chronicle, "Gardening events in the Houston area," 27 Apr. 2018 Yet still this was the stuff of nightmares for Neil Stubley, the All England Club’s head of courts and horticulture in charge of Wimbledon’s 42 acres, including this year’s 20 practice and 18 championship courts. John Clarke, New York Times, "For Wimbledon’s Grass, It’s Not Easy Being Green," 30 June 2018 The question of expectations brought me into a conversation with Baldev Lamba, who chairs the department of landscape architecture and horticulture at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. Stu Bykofsky, Philly.com, "Is the new LOVE Park all you need? | Stu Bykofsky," 28 June 2018 Beer in the garden: Enjoy some brew, food, friends and horticulture out at the Alaska Botanical Garden on Thursday, July 12, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. with local breweries, food vendors and music. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Plants starting to look a little crowded? Here’s how to thin them out," 28 June 2018 The evening's proceeds fund scholarships for deserving horticulture students at UConn and Naugatuck Valley Community College. Courant Community, "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 1 May 2018 Those small things are often subtle changes both on and off the court; barely perceptible touches of horticulture often overlooked by spectators, but certainly felt. John Clarke, New York Times, "For Wimbledon’s Grass, It’s Not Easy Being Green," 30 June 2018 Our recommendations come from Rachel Young, the director of horticulture at Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge. Jeanette Marantos, latimes.com, "These Easter blooms do double duty in the garden," 30 Mar. 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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English Language Learners Definition of horticulture

: the science of growing fruits, vegetables, and flowers

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