Horticulture is often defined as the art and science of growing plants – flowers, fruits, vegetables, trees and more! Research shows an intimate connection between people and plants – fresh fruits and vegetables feed and nourish our bodies, trees shade and cool the places we live, flowers brighten our landscapes, and as research shows, our spirits too.
There is another side to horticulture as well. Invasive pests destroy our natural resources at a large financial and environmental cost. Additionally, the misuse and misunderstanding of pesticides causes pollution and health risks. Popular press and media blur fact and fiction pertaining to these subjects, causing confusion and making matters worse.
As the demand for horticultural products increase, UW-Extension programs aid in finding the appropriate, most cost effective and environmentally sound solutions that are best for the individual.