The pleasure and satisfaction that people derive from plants and the growing of them, presents a difficult perspective for the teaching of horticulture. Social perspectives in Horticulture is being designed and suggested as an introductory course that stresses the human aspects of horticulture. Starting with an exploration of human responses to vegetation and nature, it traces the development of gardens and the roles that plants and gardens have played in people's lives through history and in various cultures. Landscape design and aesthetics are becoming important elements in the transformation of natural areas into built environments. The effective use of plants in our homes, shopping malls, office buildings, residential communities, highways, and urban areas has the potential to enhance the quality of human life. We need to develop an awareness of how people interact with plants and how plants affect us. The aim of stressing this human perspective is to promote a better understanding of the role that horticulture might play in today's rapidly changing world.




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