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A gardener maintaining topiary in Tulcán, Ecuador

Gardening is the process of growing plants for their vegetables, fruits, flowers, herbs, and appearances within a designated space. Gardens fulfill a wide assortment of purposes including but not limited to production of aesthetically pleasing areas, medicines, cosmetics, dyes, foods, wildlife habitats, and saleable goods(see market gardening). In addition, gardening may be practiced for its therapeutic, health, educational, cultural, philosophical, environmental, and religious benefits.

Gardening varies in scale. There are immense palace gardens such as the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, or the 800 hectare Versailles gardens, large fruit orchards, vast forest gardens, small backyard gardens, and container gardens grown inside or outside. Gardening may be very specialized, with only one type of plant grown, or involve a variety of plants in mixed plantings. (Full article...)

Horticulture is the art and science of growing plants. This definition is seen in the etymology of "horticulture", which is derived from the latin words hortus, which means "garden" and cultura which means "to cultivate". Horticulture is very broad and encompasses many areas, which means that there are many different types of horticulturists. In anthropology, horticulture refers to a subsistence strategy characterized by the small-scale, non-industrial cultivation of plants for food. Horticulture is normally small-scale or ornamental, as compared to the larger-scale cultivation of crops that is seen in agriculture. (Full article...)

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Depiction of the Palace of Whitehall by Leonard Knijff, with the Privy Garden visible on the left, c.1695

The Privy Garden of the Palace of Whitehall was a large enclosed space in Westminster, London, that was originally a pleasure garden used by the late Tudor and Stuart monarchs of England. It was created under Henry VIII and was expanded and improved under his successors, but lost its royal patronage after the Palace of Whitehall was almost totally destroyed by fire in 1698.

From the start of the 18th century onwards, the garden went through major changes as it fell into neglect. It was painted in 1747 by Canaletto during a period of transition, as Westminster was being transformed by the construction of new buildings and roads. By the start of the 19th century it had been redeveloped as the site for a row of townhouses, some of which were occupied by prime ministers seeking homes near the government buildings nearby. The last remnants of the Privy Garden were destroyed in 1938 during the construction of government offices on the site of the present Ministry of Defence Main Building. (Full article...)
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kavindraCherry Blossom or Sakura (Japanese kanji: 桜 or 櫻; katakana: サクラ; hiragana: さくら) is the Japanese name for ornamental cherry trees, Prunus serrulata, and their blossoms. Cherry fruit (known as sakuranbo) comes from a different species of tree. Sakura is also a given name. The word "sakura" becomes "zakura", when used in a compound word such as "shidarezakura".

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