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Gardening is the practice of growing and cultivating plants as part of horticulture. In gardens, ornamental plants are often grown for their flowers, foliage, or overall appearance; useful plants, such as root vegetables, leaf vegetables, fruits, and herbs, are grown for consumption, for use as dyes, or for medicinal or cosmetic use.
Gardening ranges in scale from fruit orchards, to long boulevard plantings with one or more different types of shrubs, trees, and herbaceous plants, to residential back gardens including lawns and foundation plantings, all the way to 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. It involves an active participation in the growing of plants, and tends to be labor-intensive, which differentiates it from farming or forestry. (Full article...)
Horticulture is the branch of agriculture that deals with the art, science, technology, and business of plant cultivation. It includes the cultivation of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, herbs, sprouts, mushrooms, algae, flowers, seaweeds and non-food crops such as grass and ornamental trees and plants. It also includes plant conservation, landscape restoration, landscape and garden design, construction, and maintenance, and arboriculture, ornamental trees and lawns. (Full article...)
General images -
Generalife, Granada, Spain (from Garden design)Inspired by Islamic/Moorish gardens, the Patio de la Acequia (Courtyard of the Canal),
Fallingwater building, Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh (from History of gardening)Scale model of the
Roses, clematis, a thatched roof: a cottage garden in Brittany (from Garden design)
Ryoan-ji (late 15th century) in Kyoto, Japan, the most famous example of a Zen rock garden (from List of garden types)
Sofiero Castle garden (from History of gardening)
- The Renaissance style gardens at Chateau Villandry.(from History of gardening)
Generalife de Granada (Spanish garden) (from List of garden types)Jardín del
Stepping stones in Kiyosumi Garden, in Fukagawa, Tokyo (from History of gardening)
Villa d'Este (from History of gardening)
Palm House at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London (from List of garden types)
Elswout (from History of gardening)
Roof garden on the top deck of a multi-storey car park, Edgedale Neighbourhood, Punggol, Singapore (from List of garden types)
Colchester, United Kingdom (from History of gardening)Contemporary garden in
Stowe House (from History of gardening)Hawkwell Field with Gothic temple, Cobham monument and Palladian bridge at
Shalimar Bagh, Srinagar, depicting a water way (from History of gardening)
Sheffield Park Garden, a landscape garden originally laid out in the 18th century by Capability Brown (from History of gardening)
Shalamar Gardens, Lahore, Pakistan (from Garden design)The
Agra Fort. (from History of gardening)Mughal-style courtyard garden at
- The Mughal and English-style garden leading to the Taj Mahal.(from History of gardening)
Hidcote Manor Garden, one of several garden rooms there. (from History of gardening)White garden at
Jetavana, Bodh Gaya 2nd–1st BC (from History of gardening)Gardeners gardening at
hardscaping (from Garden design)Curved garden paths are a common form of
Khaneh Ghavam (Ghavam house) at Shiraz, Iran (Persian garden) (from List of garden types)Reflection of the Bagh-e Narenjestan (orange garden) and the
Orangerie in the Gardens of Versailles with the Pièce d’eau des Suisses in the background (French formal garden) (from List of garden types)The
Oranienbaum, the Grand Menshikov Palace gardens (from History of gardening)
Engraving from a 1774 edition of La pratique du jardinage, a treatise on gardening by Antoine-Joseph Dezallier d'Argenville. (from Garden writing)
Kuskovo (from History of gardening)Park in
Kensington Palace, a Dutch garden planted as a Color garden (from List of garden types)White Garden at
Muskau Park (from History of gardening)The
Jade Belt Bridge, a moon bridge at the Summer Palace, Beijing (from History of gardening)
Bimbisara of Magadha visits the Bamboo Garden (Venuvana) in Rajagriha; artwork from Sanchi. (from History of gardening)King
Frogner Park (from History of gardening)
maze of Barvaux, Durbuy, Belgium (from List of garden types)Labyrinth
Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai, China (created in 1559) shows all the elements of a classical Chinese garden – water, architecture, vegetation, and rocks. (from List of garden types)The
Royal Botanical Gardens (Ontario), designed by J. Austin Floyd in 1965. (from History of gardening)The Oak Allee in the Gardens in Hendrie Park at
Garden lighting in Kampala, Uganda (from Garden design)
Giverny (from History of gardening)
Inhotim, Brumadinho, Brasil (from History of gardening)
Rajput-style courtyard garden at Amer Fort. (from History of gardening)Hindu
Stourhead, an English landscape garden (from List of garden types)Autumn colours at
Andalusian Patio of Córdoba, Spain (from Garden design)
Hortus conclusus depicted by the Upper Rhenish Master (from History of gardening)
Garden of Cosmic Speculation, a sculpture garden in Dumfriesshire, Scotland (from List of garden types)The
Sōraku-en gardens (Japanese garden) (from List of garden types)
Maibara, Shiga prefecture, Japan (from Garden design)A rock garden in Seiganji,
Gertrude Jekyll. (from Garden writing)Colour plate from Some English Gardens (1904) by
Parc de Bagatelle, a rose garden in Paris (from List of garden types)
Selected article -
The Gardens of Monticello were gardens first designed by Thomas Jefferson for his plantation Monticello near Charlottesville, Virginia. Jefferson's detailed historical accounts of his 5,000 acres provide much information about the ever-changing contents of the gardens. The areas included a flower garden, a fruit orchard, and a vegetable garden. Jefferson, a connoisseur of trees, flowers, and gardening techniques, was highly interested in experimental planting and directed the design of the gardens, which contained many exotic seeds and plants from his travels abroad.The gardens declined after Jefferson's death in 1826, when his estate was encumbered with debt. Since 1938, when the Thomas Jefferson Foundation invited its participation, the Garden Club of Virginia has worked to restore and maintain the gardens with historical accuracy. (Full article...)
Did you know -
- ... that the runway at the Winter Garden Theatre was nicknamed the "bridge of thighs" after lightly clothed showgirls paraded down it?
- ... that a proposed footbridge connecting the Asian Garden Mall to another Vietnamese-American shopping center met opposition because it was deemed "too Chinese"?
- ... that A Ruined Life was the first film by director Victor Sjöström to be shown in Sweden because his earlier film, The Gardener, had been censored for 68 years?
- ... that Vita Sackville-West described the garden rooms she created at Sissinghurst as "a series of escapes from the world, giving the impression of cumulative escape"?
- ... that the New Zealand Geographic Board initially rejected the name of the Garden of Eden Ice Plateau for being biblical in origin?
- ... that Fannie Mahood Heath was nicknamed the "flower lady of North Dakota" for her garden that included over 450 different species of flowers, bushes, and trees?
- ... that in 1896, the New York Driving Club was sued for damaging their neighbor's garden?
- ... that the statue of Billie Holiday in Upton, Baltimore, also depicts a crow eating a gardenia?
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