Are you interested in the future and horticulture? I am! Having been in the field of horticulture for over 30 years I have seen the rapid changes that going on. Urban gardening, aquaponics, LED grow lights, hydroponics, plants in space, The Internet, guerrilla gardening, genetically modified organisms (GMO's), rooftop gardening, beneficial plant fungus (Mycorrhiza) , and so much more. Thinking about all this stuff is exciting to me, and perhaps for you.
We located this new community, "The Future of Horticulture" at Google+. If you have an account with Google simply ask to join. If you don't have a Google+ account this would be a great opportunity to join, and learn this newest of media platforms. I found it interesting the the first member to join was a hydroponic shop in San Francisco. I think horticulture has fragmented into many different fields of study. Sometimes these different fields don't realize the others exist. This is a place learn about these different aspects of horticulture, and how they are changing the world.
According to Wikipedia, "horticulture involves eight areas of study, which can be grouped into two broad sections - ornamentals and edibles:
- Arboriculture is the study of, and the selection, planting, care, and removal of, individual trees, shrubs, vines, and other perennial woody plants.
- Turf management includes all aspects of the production and maintenance of turf grass for sports, leisure use or amenity use.
- Floriculture includes the production and marketing of floral crops.
- Landscape horticulture includes the production, marketing and maintenance of landscape plants.
- Olericulture includes the production and marketing of vegetables.
- Pomology includes the production and marketing of pome fruits.
- Viticulture includes the production and marketing of grapes.
- Oenology includes all aspects of wine and winemaking.
- Postharvest physiology involves maintaining the quality of and preventing the spoilage of horticultural crops."
How will these different fields of study evolve? Join us in "The Future of Horticulture", and we can find out together.