Horticulture and Horticulture-Therapy
Horticulture is defined as the art and science cultivating fruits, vegetables, flowers, and ornamental plants on the farm and in home gardens.

horticultureA popular activity many home gardeners enjoy is the art and science of horticulture.

Take a moment to drive around your local neighborhood and look for plants, trees, shrubs, flowers, lawns and landscapes that have been creatively cultivated into unique shapes and sizes.

It doesn’t take long to figure out that horticulture isn’t just a fad, but continues to grow in popularity worldwide.

Many people assume horticulture is just an expression of art. In addition to creating aesthetically attractive plants, individuals who learn basic principles in horticulture can reap both physical and emotional benefits.

horticultureIt’s been known for centuries that handling, pruning and cultivating plants can be an incredibly rewarding experience.

To take a plant or group of plants from infancy and grow then into unique shapes and sizes can actually become a hobby thousands of people enjoy doing year round.

Individuals who become involved in horticulture gain numerous insights to understanding plant life cycles, pruning, transplanting, fertilizing and learning what can cause seasonal fluctuations in plant growth.

The use of horticulture in therapy is now gaining professional status, as people understand numerous benefits this form of art provides.

According to the American Horticultural Therapy Association, HT is defined as “a process utilizing plants and horticultural activities to improve social, educational, psychological and physical adjustment of persons thus improving their body, mind, and spirit.”

horticulture therapyWhen you become involved in horticulture and team up with other individuals who enjoy this exciting hobby, there are numerous other benefits you’ll receive:

• You’ll learn new skills related to plant propagation, flower arrangements, plant grafting and numerous other gardening techniques.

• You’ll become familiar with pruning and the impact it has on plant evolution, to create some incredibly attractive plants and shrubs.

• You’ll learn new terminology relevant to the science of horticulture and begin to understand it’s use and application in growing large crops with higher yields.

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