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

Other Words from horticulture

horticultural \ ˌhȯr-​tə-​ˈkəl-​chə-​rəl How to pronounce horticulture (audio) \ adjective
horticulturally \ ˌhȯr-​tə-​ˈkəl-​chə-​rə-​lē How to pronounce horticulture (audio) \ adverb

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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.

Examples of horticulture in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Native Seed-Starting Workshop at the Theodore Payne Foundation nursery, taught by Tim Becker, the foundation’s director of horticulture. Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2022 Tim Johnson is senior director of horticulture at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Tim Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 1 May 2022 Judges will review entries in the divisions of horticulture, arrangements and photography. San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Apr. 2022 Along with horticulture and agriculture, tourism is an important industry for Kashmir, contributing about 7% to its economy, according to government data. CNN, 8 Apr. 2022 Plants are stacked in vertical rows reaching heights of 30 feet or more, said Neil Mattson, a horticulture professor at Cornell. New York Times, 6 Apr. 2022 The growth in native plant interest has also influenced the horticulture market, and nurseries increasingly offer native options. Washington Post, 4 Apr. 2022 There was a station that highlighted horticulture, as an example. Karie Angell Luc, chicagotribune.com, 2 Apr. 2022 The brewery chose the name because of co-founder Bob Bollas' passion for math and computer science, and co-founder Betty Bollas' passion for horticulture and urban farming, according to the website. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 11 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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8 May 2022

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“Horticulture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horticulture. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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