Introduction to the fantastic hobby of horticulture

One of the healthiest ways to gamble is with a spade and a packet of seeds. ~Dan Bennett

Horticulture is “the art or practice of garden cultivation and management.” Despite this definition, horticulture is not defined to the backyard garden that may come to mind. While it may take this form, it may also be the ornate Victorian greenhouses of expansive lily ponds glistening in the morning light. Whatever form it takes, it is one of the most fulfilling hobbies one can become interested in.

It’s been about 3 years since I began to practice the hobby and it already feels like a thousand. The surprises, anticipation and learning I have already experienced is a decade worth alone. I still have much to learn, but I have enough experience to share it with the world.

Horticulture has a deep and rich history behind, which is fantastically outlined in books such as The Reason for Flowers and The Orchid Thief. This has all culminated in the science of horticulture in the modern age, where breakthroughs are happening like never before.

Of course, horticulture comes with great responsibility and requires great patience, which is part of the reward. Knowing this, I hope you go into horticulture ready and willing, as the rest of the days ahead will be fulfilling as can be.


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