Proposal: Gardening and Landscaping

I was just wondering if this only includes outdoor plants. As "gardening" is usually reserved for outdoors and landscaping definitely is. Would it be acceptable to ask a question like:

"What plant is best for putting in my office? Does the plant require little light and maintenance?"

Or would that sort of question not fit in here?

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This site would have to be inclusive of any small-scale horticulture interests, both indoors and out.

I cannot see the utility of asking about the care of my palm plant on one site when it is indoors and then switching to another site when I drag it out onto my patio.

Whichever site gets created, it would be an all-inclusive horticultural site to discuss the caring and design of plants and gardens; small-scale agriculture, which would not include larger-scale, commercial farming.

  • I agree with you, I just want to know if everyone has that vision for this site. Could "General Horticulture" be included in the name, or anything that makes it clear that this includes indoor plants? Commented Mar 4, 2011 at 15:54
  • I agree, the current description gives the impression that indoor plants are NOT included. I think this turns a lot of people away.
    – Alex B
    Commented Apr 14, 2011 at 15:59

I think that you have to take into account the changes that have occurred in the way people lived then and now when looking at the scope of what is and is not gardening and landscape. In the late 1800s and early 1900s I would agree that you would look only at the term in relation to outdoor usage. Today when many people live in inner city dwelling where their garden is a balcony or a rooftop, or in outer suburban living where the wheather permits indoors and outdoor definitions are blurred. So yes gardening and landscaping must encompass both indoors and outdoors.


I don't know if I agree. A houseplant and an in-ground or predominantly outside plant are subject to very differing stresses and needs, especially in more wildly-varying climates like Central Texas, where I am. Furthermore, "landscaping" is by definition an outdoors pursuit, as is, by most definitions, 'gardening'. The utility of a site like this to me, if it includes a lot of indoor plant interests, would be diluted.

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