Special Issue "Consumer Horticulture Advancement"

A special issue of Horticulturae (ISSN 2311-7524). This special issue belongs to the section "Outreach, Extension, and Education".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Ellen Bauske
Guest Editor
UGA Cooperative Extension, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA
Interests: urban agriculture programs that focus on consumer horticulture; urban water issues; urban agriculture professional development; local food; arboriculture
Dr. Sheri Dorn
Guest Editor
Department of Horticulture, University of Georgia, Griffin, GA 30602, USA
Interests: human dimension of horticulture; engagement with plants; underlying motivations and benefits of gardening
Dr. Lauren Garcia Chance
Guest Editor
American Public Gardens Association, Kennett Square, PA 19348, USA
Interests: sustainable landscaping; water quality; consumer marketing; consumer education; public horticulture

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Consumer horticulture is practiced worldwide in cities, towns, villages, and farms in gardens, landscapes, and homes; it is everywhere plants and related horticultural items are used and enjoyed for the benefit of individuals, communities, and the environment.

Consumer horticulture plays an obvious role in the protection and conservation of natural resources. Yet there is much research to be done. We must develop and promote sustainable practices specific to consumer horticulture and define the appropriate use of production and management inputs. We must identify and utilize plant products and technology appropriate to the diversity of landscape and gardening practices that can enhance ecosystem services.

Consumer horticulture also plays a critical role in cultivating healthy, connected, and engaged communities. We have just begun the scientific exploration of the nutritional, physical, psychological, and social impacts of consumer horticulture. Cumulatively, the results of these studies suggested we should strengthen the adoption of consumer horticulture and that it is an effective tool for improving human health and community well-being across diverse populations. Additional research in this area will define methods and strengthen the adoption of consumer horticulture.

Consumer horticulture is a driver of the agricultural economy. Plants, seeds, fertilizers, and other typical agricultural inputs are routinely purchased. However, the commercial sector of consumer horticulture also includes service and retail operations not typically considered part of the agricultural economy, but which have significant economic contributions. These include garden retail; landscape design, installation and maintenance; and many others. These sectors are continually seeking to increase their profitability and are eager for the development of better economic management tools and technologies.

We look forward to sharing your research that explores the environmental; nutritional, physical, psychological, and social; and economic impacts of consumer horticulture.

Dr. Ellen Bauske
Dr. Sheri Dorn
Dr. Lauren Garcia Chance
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • landscaping
  • sustainable
  • urban
  • marketing
  • ecosystem services
  • well-being
  • environmental impact
  • economic impact
  • garden
  • community

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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