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  1. the cultivation of a garden, orchard, or nursery; the cultivation of flowers, fruits, vegetables, or ornamental plants.
  2. the science and art of cultivating such plants.
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Origin of horticulture

1670–80; < Latin hort(us) garden + (agr)iculture
Related formshor·ti·cul·tur·al, adjectivehor·ti·cul·tur·ist, noun
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Examples from the Web for horticulturist

Historical Examples

  • In such cases the husband is always that man, even when he is a horticulturist.

    Artists' Wives

    Alphonse Daudet

  • What a number of points you have attended to; I did not know that you were a horticulturist.

  • Even with a well-known Parisian horticulturist I had some difficulty in entering them.

    Mushroom Culture

    W. Robinson

  • Mentioned in the Horticulturist of 1850 as growing well in Illinois.

  • They are not of so much interest to the horticulturist as to the farmer.

British Dictionary definitions for horticulturist


  1. the art or science of cultivating gardens
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Derived Formshorticulturist, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin hortus garden + culture, on the model of agriculture
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Word Origin and History for horticulturist


1818, from horticulture + -ist. Earlier was horticultist (1754).

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1670s, "cultivation of a garden," fabricated from Latin hortus "garden" (see yard (n.1)) + cultura (see culture); probably on model of agriculture. Famously punned upon by Dorothy Parker.

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horticulturist in Culture



The science of cultivating garden plants.

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