Andrea Stith

Barren County Extension Agent for Horticutlure

Stith, Andrea L

What is Horticulture?

Horticulture is the branch of agriculture that deals with the art, science, technology, and business of growing plants. It includes the cultivation of medicinal plants, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds herbs, sprouts, mushrooms, algae, flowers, seaweeds and non-food crops such as grass and ornamental trees and plants. It also includes plant conservation, landscape restoration, landscape and garden design, construction, and maintenance, and arboriculture. Inside agriculture, horticulture contrasts with extensive field farming as well as animal husbandry.

Horticulturists apply their knowledge, skills, and technologies used to grow intensively produced plants for human food and non-food uses and for personal or social needs. Their work involves plant propagation and cultivation with the aim of improving plant growth, yields, quality, nutritional value, and resistance to insects, diseases, and environmental stresses. They work as gardeners, growers, therapists, designers, and technical advisors in the food and non-food sectors of horticulture. Horticulture even refers to the growing of plants in a field or garden.

Have questions? Please feel free to contact the office.                     

 Horticulture Links of Interests:

Annual Flowers

Perennials for Sunny Locatoins

Perennials for Shady Locations

Home Composting

Growing Strawberries

Growing Grapes in Kentucky

Growing Blackberries &  Raspberries

Growing Highbush Blueberries


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Horticulture Newsletters:

 Farm & Garden August/September 2017 Newsletter
Farm & Garden October/November 2017 Newsletter