horticulture

noun
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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Other Words from horticulture

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
horticulturist \ ˌhȯr-​tə-​ˈkəl-​chə-​rist How to pronounce horticulturist (audio) \ or less commonly horticulturalist \ ˌhȯr-​tə-​ˈkəl-​ch(ə-​)rə-​list How to pronounce horticulturalist (audio) \ 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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Now that Spring has arrived, volunteers at the Fort Bend County Master Gardener Program are busy with a plethora of horticulture projects designed to help people learn about plants, gardening and composting among other things. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend Master Gardener program thrives," 26 Mar. 2018 The master gardeners are among the various presenters to speak on horticulture topics during the Kingwood Garden Club’s monthly meetings, which occur the first Tuesday of every month at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Kingwood. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Garden Club helps Kingwood go green," 19 May 2018 Knox is a Hartford nonprofit that works to promote horticulture and reforestation in the city. Staff Report, courant.com, "Employees From The Hartford Help Plant Dozens Of Trees In City For Arbor Day," 27 Apr. 2018 He was born April 2, 1945, grew up in Hampshire and studied horticulture at Hadlow College in Kent. WSJ, "Roger Bootle-Wilbraham Stood Up for an Uncelebrated Creature: the Toad," 7 Dec. 2018 Come celebrate the art of Asian horticulture with displays and demonstrations by the Keiri Study Group of Sogetsu School of Ikebana and the Bonsai and Beyond club. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Youth of the Year picked at Boys & Girls Club," 4 Apr. 2018 That means cool temperatures (50-65 degrees, recommends a horticulture educator at the University of Illinois Extension) and no light (not even artificial). Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Christmas Cactus Care: Everything You Need to Know About the Holiday Plant," 1 Aug. 2018 The applicants area of study must be horticulture, floriculture, forestry, landscape design, environmental science, botany, plant pathology, or any subject pertaining to those listed. Courant Community, "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 8 May 2018 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

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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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horticulture

noun

English Language Learners Definition of horticulture

: the science of growing fruits, vegetables, and flowers

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