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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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 The students must be majoring in horticulture, floriculture, landscape design, conservation, forestry, environmental concerns, botany and other allied subjects. courant.com, "Community news for the Glastonbury edition," 31 Dec. 2020 The University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has a muscadine grape team, led by horticulture professor Patrick J. Conner. Nancy Clanton, ajc, "5 things to know about Georgia’s official state grape," 29 Dec. 2020 At the show’s official opening on the night after Thanksgiving, Chuck Owens, the horticulture and operations director, remembered him with his voice shaking. Michelle Matthews | Mmatthews@al.com, al, "Bellingrath’s light show memorializes longtime employee," 21 Dec. 2020 The Coffeys had devised a consumer digital subscription, combined with a business service to lend horticulture advice to brick-and-mortar offices and restaurants. Kerry Hannon New York Times, Star Tribune, "For some, a pandemic is just the right time to launch a business," 20 Dec. 2020 Meanwhile, certificate programs from institutions like Oaksterdam University, Green Flower and the Cleveland School of Cannabis offer courses in topics like business, horticulture, health care, law and policy. Washington Post, "Medical cannabis master’s program at University of Maryland sees growth since launch," 18 Dec. 2020 Volunteers are needed to assist the horticulture staff in the garden and to serve on a committee to help with fundraising and development. oregonlive, "The 80-acre Oregon Garden is open: Stay safely socially distant inside a walkable encyclopedia of nature," 18 Dec. 2020 Glück, who lives in Cambridge, Mass., is a gardener, and her horticulture has infused much of her writing. Washington Post, "The symbiotic relationship between poets and the garden," 16 Dec. 2020 Help guide them through the incredible journey of plant parenthood with these excellent gifts for horticulture newbs. Sandra Gutierrez G., Popular Science, "Gifts to help your friends keep their new plants alive," 14 Dec. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horticulture. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of horticulture

: the science of growing fruits, vegetables, and flowers

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