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A gardener maintaining topiary in Tulcán, Ecuador

Gardening is the process of growing plants for their vegetables, fruits, flowers, herbs, and appearances within a designated space. Gardens fulfill a wide assortment of purposes including but not limited to production of aesthetically pleasing areas, medicines, cosmetics, dyes, foods, wildlife habitats, and saleable goods(see market gardening). In addition, gardening may be practiced for its therapeutic, health, educational, cultural, philosophical, environmental, and religious benefits.

Gardening varies in scale. There are immense palace gardens such as the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, or the 800 hectare Versailles gardens, large fruit orchards, vast forest gardens, small backyard gardens, and container gardens grown inside or outside. Gardening may be very specialized, with only one type of plant grown, or involve a variety of plants in mixed plantings. (Full article...)

Horticulture is the art and science of growing plants. This definition is seen in the etymology of "horticulture", which is derived from the latin words hortus, which means "garden" and cultura which means "to cultivate". Horticulture is very broad and encompasses many areas, which means that there are many different types of horticulturists. In anthropology, horticulture refers to a subsistence strategy characterized by the small-scale, non-industrial cultivation of plants for food. Horticulture is normally small-scale or ornamental, as compared to the larger-scale cultivation of crops that is seen in agriculture. (Full article...)

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Durians at a market

The durian (/ˈdʊəriən/, /ˈdjʊəriən/) is the edible fruit of several tree species belonging to the genus Durio. There are 30 recognized Durio species, at least nine of which produce edible fruit. Durio zibethinus, native to Borneo and Sumatra, is the only species available on the international market. It has over 300 named varieties in Thailand and 100 in Malaysia as of 1987. Other species are sold in their local regions.

Named in some regions as the "king of fruits", the durian is distinctive for its large size, strong odour, and thorn-covered rind. The fruit can grow as large as 30 cm (12 in) long and 15 cm (5.9 in) in diameter, and it typically weighs 1 to 3 kg (2.2 to 6.6 lb). Its shape ranges from oblong to round, the colour of its husk from green to brown, and its flesh from pale yellow to red, depending on the species. (Full article...)
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Syringa vulgaris (Lilac or Common Lilac) is a species of Syringa in the olive family, Oleaceae, native to the Balkans in southeastern Europe, where it grows on rocky hills. Lilacs are a very common ornamental plant found in gardens and parks, because of the attractive, sweet smell of its flowers. Most garden plants are cultivars, with flowers varying from white to dark lilac; some have double flowers with the stamens replaced by extra petals.

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