This chapter introduced you to the 10,000-year history of horticulture, the geographical origins of domesticated, edible food plants, and the methodologies used to grow them. The general principles and philosophies of the different methods used in the conventional, organic, and sustainable approaches to growing were also described. The chapters that follow will acquaint you in more detail with the skills required of a horticulturist and present some options for the professional application of these skills.

Classification of Plants

you do not know the names of things the knowledge is lost.

—Caroius Linnaeus (1707-1778) Swedish botanist

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