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 horticultural (audio) \ adjective
horticulturally \ ˌhȯr-​tə-​ˈkəl-​chə-​rə-​lē How to pronounce horticulturally (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 Even the 144-year-old Burpee company, a fabled name in American horticulture, briefly stopped taking individual orders. The Economist, "Growing your own food America rediscovers the joys of vegetable-growing," 20 June 2020 Koski said the arboretum’s mission focuses on three core areas: science and conservation, horticulture, and collections and education. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, "Holden Arboretum: A nature lover’s dream to be enjoyed by all," 11 June 2020 Some one million people employed directly and indirectly in the horticulture industry in Kenya are at risk of losing their jobs. Natasja Sheriff, Quartz, "Covid-19 relief efforts are ignoring the people who need it most," 14 Apr. 2020 This threatens the state’s Rs10,000 crore ($1.4 billion) horticulture industry, the backbone of the state’s economy. Riyaz Wani, Quartz India, "India’s Article 370 gambit has created a new arena of violence: Kashmir’s apple orchards," 29 Oct. 2019 Applicants must be enrolled in a horticulture program or show serious involvement in the subject inside or outside of school. cleveland, "Shaker Heights puts coronavirus information on its web page: Press Run," 6 Mar. 2020 Shows are set throughout the day Thursday including horticulture, poultry, pigs and heifers. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "51st Annual Klein ISD FFA Livestock and Project Show starts Feb. 5," 4 Feb. 2020 Much of that work has fallen to Justin Blackwell, curator of horticulture at Lan Su and the sole gardener during the pandemic. oregonlive, "Lan Su Chinese Garden remains empty, a peaceful oasis in downtown Portland," 3 May 2020 In today's episode of Valley 101, a podcast from The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com, host Taylor Seely asks experts the step-by-step process of how to begin a garden and speaks to locals about their newfound love of horticulture. Taylor Seely, azcentral, "Valley 101 podcast: How do you garden in Phoenix? And why are so many doing it?," 20 Apr. 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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24 Jun 2020

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“Horticulture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horticulture. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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: the science of growing fruits, vegetables, and flowers

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