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[hawr-ti-kuhl-cher] /ˈhɔr tɪˌkʌl tʃər/

the cultivation of a garden, orchard, or nursery; the cultivation of flowers, fruits, vegetables, or ornamental plants.
the science and art of cultivating such plants.
the art or science of cultivating gardens

1670s, “cultivation of a garden,” fabricated from Latin hortus “garden” (see yard (n.1)) + cultura (see culture); probably on model of agriculture. Famously punned upon by Dorothy Parker.
horticulture [(hawr-tuh-kul-chuhr)]

The science of cultivating garden plants.


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