Enjoying Nature's Bounty through Gardening

Gardening is the practice of growing and cultivating plants as a hobby or leisure activity, offering numerous physical, mental, and emotional benefits for individuals of all ages.
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Gardening FAQ


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Is gardening an art or a science?

gardening, the laying out and care of a plot of ground devoted partially or wholly to the growing of plants such as flowers, herbs, or vegetables. Gardening can be considered both as an art, concerned with arranging plants harmoniously in their surroundings, and as a science, encompassing the principles and techniques of plant cultivation.

What is the purpose of a garden?

Gardens fulfill a wide assortment of purposes, notably the production of aesthetically pleasing areas, medicines, cosmetics, dyes, foods, poisons, wildlife habitats, and saleable goods (see market gardening ). People often partake in gardening for its therapeutic, health, educational, cultural, philosophical, environmental, and religious benefits.

What is a Chinese garden?

Chinese Garden, Singapore. A magazine illustration of a planned public garden in Boston, 1853. gardening, the laying out and care of a plot of ground devoted partially or wholly to the growing of plants such as flowers, herbs, or vegetables.

Where does gardening take place?

Gardening also takes place in non-residential green areas, such as parks, public or semi-public gardens ( botanical gardens or zoological gardens ), amusement parks, along transportation corridors, and around tourist attractions and garden hotels. In these situations, a staff of gardeners or groundskeepers maintains the gardens.

Where can I find gardening advice?

Catch up with your favourite gardening programmes on TV and radio, in the BBC iPlayer. Practical gardening advice from the BBC Gardeners' World Magazine team on what to do in your garden and greenhouse.

What is wildlife gardening?

Wildlife gardening is a way of encouraging birds, bees, butterflies and other animals into your garden. It is about making a haven for you, as well as for wildlife. The Wildlife Trusts have some expert wildlife gardening advice on how to create habitat in your garden to make it a nature-friendly space.

What is gardening & why is it important?

Gardening is about finding the right combination of sunlight, fertile soil, and water to make your plants thrive. It's also about fulfilling your passion, so select plants you love. Use the resources here as a starting point, and in no time you’ll have a beautiful garden, no matter what level of gardening experience you have.

How do I find a garden plant?

Search for plants by colour or season of interest and discover our A-Z of the most popular garden plants – we've got tools to help you find the right plant for you Take a photo there and then or upload from your album to identify a plant Prepare vegetable seed beds, and sow some vegetables under cover Looking for gardening advice?

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