horticulture n : the cultivation of plants [syn: gardening]
the science of caring for gardens
small scale agriculture
- Icelandic: garðrækt, garðyrkja
Horticulturists work and conduct research in the fields of plant propagation and cultivation, crop production, plant breeding and genetic engineering, plant biochemistry, and plant physiology. The work particularly involves fruits, berries, nuts, vegetables, flowers, trees, shrubs, and turf. Horticulturalists work to improve crop yield, quality, nutritional value, and resistance to insects, diseases, and environmental stresses.
The word horticulture is a 17th century English adaptation of the Latin hortus (garden) and cultura (culture). Horticulture is the art of gardening or plant growing, in contrast to agronomy - the cultivation of field crops such as cereals and animal fodder, forestry - cultivation of trees and products related to them, or agriculture - the practice of farming.
The study of horticulture
Horticulture involves six areas of study, which can be grouped into two broad sections - ornamentals and edibles:
- Arboriculture the study and selection, planting, care, and removal of individual trees, shrubs, vines, and other perennial woody plants.
- Floriculture (includes production and marketing of floral crops),
- Landscape horticulture (includes production, marketing and maintenance of landscape plants).
- Olericulture (includes production and marketing of vegetables).
- Pomology (includes production and marketing of fruits)
- Postharvest physiology (involves maintaining quality and preventing spoilage of horticultural crops).
Disciplines which complement horticulture include biology, botany, entomology, chemistry, mathematics, genetics, physiology, statistics, computer science, and communications, garden design, planting design. Plant science and horticulture courses include: plant materials, plant propagation, tissue culture, crop production, post-harvest handling, plant breeding, pollination management, crop nutrition, entomology, plant pathology, economics, and business. Some careers in horticultural science require a masters (MS) or doctoral (PhD) degree.
Horticulture is practised in many gardens, "plant growth centres" and nurseries. Activities in nurseries range from preparing seeds and cuttings to growing fully mature plants. These are often sold or transferred to ornamental gardens or market gardens.
Horticulture and anthropologyThe origins of horticulture lie in the transition of human communities from nomadic hunter-gatherers to sedentary or semi-sedentary horticultural communities, cultivating a variety of crops on a small scale around their dwellings or in specialized plots visited occasionally during migrations from one area to the next. (such as the "milpa" or maize field of Mesoamerican cultures). In forest areas such horticulture is often carried out in swiddens ("slash and burn" areas). A characteristic of horticultural communities is that useful trees are often to be found planted around communities or specially retained from the natural ecosystem.
Horticulture sometimes differs from agriculture in (1) a smaller scale of cultivation, using small plots of mixed crops rather than large field of single crops (2) the cultivation of a wider variety of crops, often including fruit trees. In pre-contact North America the semi-sedentary horticultural communities of the Eastern Woodlands (growing maize, squash and sunflower) contrasted markedly with the mobile hunter-gatherer communities of the Plains people. In Central America, Maya horticulture involved augmentation of the forest with useful trees such as papaya, avocado, cacao, ceiba and sapodilla. In the cornfields, multiple crops were grown such as beans (using cornstalks as supports), squash, pumpkins and chilli peppers, in some cultures tended mainly or exclusively by women .
- Cross pollination
- History of gardening
- Journal of applied horticulture
- Plant breeding
- Plant physiology
- Plant propagation
- Planting design
- Royal Horticultural Society
- Selective breeding
- The Plantsman
- American Horticultural Society
- Australian Institute of Horticulture
- Australian Society of Horticultural Science
- ASHS - American Society for Horticultural Science
- British Library - finding information on the horticulture industry
- Horticultural crop names and alternate names - Australia
- HORTIVAR - The FAO Horticulture Cultivars Performance Database
- ISHS - International Society for Horticultural Science
- Ohio State WebGarden - Horticulture resources - USA
- Dept. of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture, Purdue University
- Royal Horticultural Society - United Kingdom
- The English Garden Magazine
- The Journal of Applied Horticulture - USA
- The Australian Centre for Lifestyle Horticulture- Head Office Queensland
- The Nursery & Garden Industry Queensland (NGIQ)
- Flower Association of Queensland Incorporated (FAQI)
- Irrigation Australia Limited (IAL)
- Landscape Queensland Ind.(LQI)Syn.QALI
- Queensland Turf Producers Association (QTPA)
- Parks and Leisure Australia (PLA)
horticulture in Breton: Luorzhiñ
horticulture in German: Gartenbau
horticulture in Spanish: Horticultura
horticulture in Persian: باغبانی و مهندسی فضای سبز
horticulture in French: Horticulture
horticulture in Hebrew: הורטיקולטורה
horticulture in Indonesian: Hortikultura
horticulture in Macedonian: Хортикултура
horticulture in Dutch: Horticultuur
horticulture in Japanese: 園芸学
horticulture in Uighur: گۈلچىلىك
horticulture in Portuguese: Horticultura
horticulture in Romanian: Horticultură
horticulture in Russian: Растениеводство
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