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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 -
Jetavana, Bodh Gaya 2nd–1st BC (from History of gardening)Gardeners gardening at
Stepping stones in Kiyosumi Garden, in Fukagawa, Tokyo (from History of gardening)
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
Giverny (from History of gardening)
Palm House at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London (from List of garden types)
Generalife, Granada, Spain (from Garden design)Inspired by Islamic/Moorish gardens, the Patio de la Acequia (Courtyard of the Canal),
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
Garden of Cosmic Speculation, a sculpture garden in Dumfriesshire, Scotland (from List of garden types)The
Gertrude Jekyll. (from Garden writing)Colour plate from Some English Gardens (1904) by
Stowe House (from History of gardening)Hawkwell Field with Gothic temple, Cobham monument and Palladian bridge at
Maibara, Shiga prefecture, Japan (from Garden design)A rock garden in Seiganji,
Inhotim, Brumadinho, Brasil (from History of gardening)
Kensington Palace, a Dutch garden planted as a Color garden (from List of garden types)White Garden at
Shalamar Gardens, Lahore, Pakistan (from Garden design)The
- The Mughal and English-style garden leading to the Taj Mahal.(from History of gardening)
Hortus conclusus depicted by the Upper Rhenish Master (from History of gardening)
Stourhead, an English landscape garden (from List of garden types)Autumn colours at
Villa d'Este (from History of gardening)
Sheffield Park Garden, a landscape garden originally laid out in the 18th century by Capability Brown (from History of gardening)
Agra Fort. (from History of gardening)Mughal-style courtyard garden at
Roof garden on the top deck of a multi-storey car park, Edgedale Neighbourhood, Punggol, Singapore (from List of garden types)
Roses, clematis, a thatched roof: a cottage garden in Brittany (from Garden design)
Hidcote Manor Garden, one of several garden rooms there. (from History of gardening)White garden at
maze of Barvaux, Durbuy, Belgium (from List of garden types)Labyrinth
Frogner Park (from History of gardening)
hardscaping (from Garden design)Curved garden paths are a common form of
Fallingwater building, Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh (from History of gardening)Scale model of the
Rajput-style courtyard garden at Amer Fort. (from History of gardening)Hindu
Oranienbaum, the Grand Menshikov Palace gardens (from History of gardening)
Colchester, United Kingdom (from History of gardening)Contemporary garden in
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)
Parc de Bagatelle, a rose garden in Paris (from List of garden types)
Sōraku-en gardens (Japanese garden) (from List of garden types)
Andalusian Patio of Córdoba, Spain (from Garden design)
Engraving from a 1774 edition of La pratique du jardinage, a treatise on gardening by Antoine-Joseph Dezallier d'Argenville. (from Garden writing)
- The Renaissance style gardens at Chateau Villandry.(from History of gardening)
Bimbisara of Magadha visits the Bamboo Garden (Venuvana) in Rajagriha; artwork from Sanchi. (from History of gardening)King
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
Muskau Park (from History of gardening)The
Shalimar Bagh, Srinagar, depicting a water way (from History of gardening)
Garden lighting in Kampala, Uganda (from Garden design)
Kuskovo (from History of gardening)Park in
Jade Belt Bridge, a moon bridge at the Summer Palace, Beijing (from History of gardening)
Khaneh Ghavam (Ghavam house) at Shiraz, Iran (Persian garden) (from List of garden types)Reflection of the Bagh-e Narenjestan (orange garden) and the
Generalife de Granada (Spanish garden) (from List of garden types)Jardín del
Elswout (from History of gardening)
Selected article -
Vermicompost (vermi-compost) is the product of the decomposition process using various species of worms, usually red wigglers, white worms, and other earthworms, to create a mixture of decomposing vegetable or food waste, bedding materials, and vermicast. This process is called vermicomposting, with the rearing of worms for this purpose is called vermiculture.Vermicast (also called worm castings, worm humus, worm poop, worm manure, or worm faeces) is the end-product of the breakdown of organic matter by earthworms. These excreta have been shown to contain reduced levels of contaminants and a higher saturation of nutrients than the organic materials before vermicomposting. (Full article...)
Did you know -
- ... that the New Zealand Geographic Board initially rejected the name of the Garden of Eden Ice Plateau for being biblical in origin?
- ... that in garden history, a wilderness is a highly artificial and formalized type of woodland, forming a section of a large garden?
- ... that in 1896, the New York Driving Club was sued for damaging their neighbor's garden?
- ... that Elisabeth Whittle, a garden historian, considers the gardens at Powis Castle to be the most important and magnificent in Wales?
- ... that Bulandshahr's ornate Garden Gate was built on the site of a "filthy" drainage ravine?
- ... that although the bronze-leaved clerodendrum is an ornamental garden shrub, it sometimes becomes naturalised and may become an invasive species?
- ... that seeds from Asia allowed Dorothy Renton to create "the finest two acres of private garden" in Scotland?
- ... that the woodland garden, "colourfully planted with exotic shrubs and herbaceous plants, dominated English horticulture from 1910 to 1960"?
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