[ gahrd-ning ]
/ ˈgɑrd nɪŋ /


the act of cultivating or tending a garden.
the work or art of a gardener.

Origin of gardening

First recorded in 1570–80; garden + -ing1

Definition for gardening (2 of 2)

Origin of garden

1300–50; Middle English gardin < Old North French gardin, Old French jardin < Germanic; compare Old High German gartin-, German Garten, yard2

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British Dictionary definitions for gardening (1 of 2)

/ (ˈɡɑːdənɪŋ) /


  1. the planning and cultivation of a garden
  2. (as modifier)gardening gloves

British Dictionary definitions for gardening (2 of 2)

/ (ˈɡɑːdən) /



common or garden informal ordinary; unexceptional


to work in, cultivate, or take care of (a garden, plot of land, etc)

Derived forms of garden

gardenless, adjectivegarden-like, adjective

Word Origin for garden

C14: from Old French gardin, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German gart enclosure; see yard ² (sense 1)
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Idioms and Phrases with gardening


In addition to the idiom beginning with garden

  • garden variety

also see:

  • lead down the garden path
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