horticulture

[hawr-ti-kuhl-cher]
noun
1.
the cultivation of a garden, orchard, or nursery; the cultivation of flowers, fruits, vegetables, or ornamental plants.
2.
the science and art of cultivating such plants.

Origin:
1670–80; < Latin hort(us) garden + (agr)iculture

horticultural, adjective
horticulturist, noun
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horticultural (ˌhɔːtɪˈkʌltʃərəl)
 
adj
of or relating to horticulture
 
horticulturally
 
adv
 
horticulturalist
 
n

horticulture (ˈhɔːtɪˌkʌltʃə)
 
n
the art or science of cultivating gardens
 
[C17: from Latin hortus garden + culture, on the model of agriculture]
 
horti'culturist
 
n

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horticulture
1678, coined as if from L. *horticultura "cultivation of a garden," from hortus "garden" (see yard (1)) + cultura (see culture); probably on model of agriculture. Famously punned upon by Dorothy Parker.
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horticulture [(hawr-tuh-kul-chuhr)]

The science of cultivating garden plants.

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Example sentences
Deciding which kind to use may depend on your horticultural situation.
Maybe he would win a prize in the horticultural show.
Gerberas are horticultural stars based on appearance alone, but they have
  another virtue that has nothing to do with good looks.
The shop is filled with many horticultural gems for every season.
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