- the cultivation of a garden, orchard, or nursery; the cultivation of flowers, fruits, vegetables, or ornamental plants.
- the science and art of cultivating such plants.
Origin of horticulture
1670–80; < Latin hort(us) garden + (agr)iculture
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Examples from the Web for horticultural
This ballad was written on the occasion of a Horticultural Festival.The Works of Whittier, Volume I (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
To further the work of agricultural and horticultural organization.
"Ah, you require our horticultural department for that, Sir," he said.
“Horticultural medals, gold and bronze,” said Old Brownsmith, smiling.Brownsmith's Boy
George Manville Fenn
This book marks an epoch in the horticultural literature of America.Your Plants
- of or relating to horticulture
- the art or science of cultivating gardens
C17: from Latin hortus garden + culture, on the model of agriculture
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Word Origin and History for horticultural
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The science of cultivating garden plants.
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