You may think you have a handle on horticulture, but chances are you’re limiting yourself to the landscape meaning of the term (admit it — you were picturing parks and golf courses).
Beyond pristine shrubbery, horticulture also means the science behind plant breeding, crop production and bioengineering. Plant breeding is referred to as horticulture when it’s on a small scale (think greenhouses) and agriculture on a large scale. If you’ve ever eaten a fruit or vegetable bred to withstand certain pests or disease (which you almost certainly have) then you’ve experienced horticulture first-hand—without stepping foot in a state park.
Use today’s Word of the Day: Urban Agriculture is on the Move