Horticulture

Science, Soil, and Seeds

The word horticulture comes from the Latin word hortus (garden). Today the word is used to mean anything we grow or mange for our benefit, be it food or flowers, natural or manmade environments.

According to Wikipedia, "Horticulture is the branch of agriculture that deals with the art, science, technology, and business of growing plants. It also is the study of plants. It includes the cultivation of medicinal plants, 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. Inside agriculture, horticulture contrasts with extensive field farming as well as animal husbandry.

Horticulturists apply their knowledge, skills, and technologies used to grow intensively produced plants for human food and non-food uses and for personal or social needs. Their work involves plant propagation and cultivation with the aim of improving plant growth, yields, quality, nutritional value, and resistance to insects, diseases, and environmental stresses. They work as gardeners, growers, therapists, designers, and technical advisors in the food and non-food sectors of horticulture. Horticulture even refers to the growing of plants in a field or garden."

As garden club members, everything we do involves some aspect of horticulture. Whether you goal is material for floral design, organic food from your own garden, food and shelter for pollinators, a garden for your delight or an environment created to replace some of what was lost by development, you are engaged in horticulture.

Our goal is to be a source of information for NGC gardeners on topics including soil, seeds, new cultivars invasive plants, plant societies, trees and shrubs and phenology. Not familiar with the last term? It is a way for every gardener to be a citizen scientist by recording and sharing information such as the last freeze date, the appearance of the first daffodil or cactus flower, or your first sighting of a monarch butterfly, hummingbird or robin in your yard.

Phenology
Shirley Nicolai, Chairman
Invasive Species
Pam Braun, Chairman
Liaisons to Plant Societies
Gail Corie, Chairman
New Cultivars
Gracie Mitchell, Chairman
Seeds: Saved, Heirloom & Exchanges
Jo Sellers, Chairman
Soil
Debbie Hinchey, Chairman
Trees & Shrubs
Audrey Coyle, Chairman

For more information, contact:
Betty Sanders, Chairman: Horticulture