The Art or Practice of Garden Cultivation and Management

What is Horticulture? It sounds like we are dealing with fancy gardens, expensive plants and techniques; but that is far from the truth. The Latin word hortus means “Garden”, and cultis means “tilling” but horticulture includes much more. It includes anything we grow including flowers, vegetables, herbs, fruits, nuts, trees, shrubs, animal and livestock food, and any and everything having to do with these subjects.

Let’s look at some other accepted definitions:

  1. The culture of plants for food, comfort and beauty.
  2. The cultivation, processing, and sale of fruits, nuts, vegetables, ornamental plants and flowers as well as many additional services.
  3. The science or art of cultivating fruits, vegetables, flowers, or ornamental plants.

There are many definitions and they may vary depending on whomever the expert or Horticulturist is. But at the most basic level they are all pretty much the same. From the Nursery and landscape business, the lawn maintenance crew, the farmer, the florist, the flower design artist and the home gardener, we are all a part of the Horticulture Nation so to speak.

Why is Horticulture so socially important? Because it improves how we use plants, for food and other human purposes, as well as repairing the environment and personal aesthetics. Horticulture includes not just the actual hands on work but the study of that work.

The National Garden Club’s very existence relies on Horticulture as one of its main building blocks. The Club’s goal is to spread the word of proper educational and scientific systems and processes of horticultural basics and management. The main topics in which we offer our expertise, information and knowledge to our gardeners and guests, include:

  • Edible Plantings
  • Liaison to Plant Societies
  • New Cultivars
  • Organic Garden Practices
  • Trees and Shrubs
  • Saved, Heirloom, Exchanges
  • Soils
  • Wildflowers and Native Plantings

Good Gardening!

For any further help of information, contact:
Bud Qualk, Chairman: Horticulture