W. Kariuki, J. Ondieki, J.B.M. Njoroge
Lifestyle horticulture (LH), formerly referred to as environmental horticulture, is an area of horticulture that mainly deals with ornamental plants. Where fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices are included in designed indoor and outdoor landscapes, whether private or public, the scope of LH goes beyond just ornamental plants. In nearly all developed countries, the Lifestyle Horticulture industry is well established while in poorer nations it is considered a luxury. Indeed products and services of LH can be placed low on the human hierarchy of needs. However, the industry provides products and services that are of great health, social, economic and environmental benefit. This is especially so in urban landscapes where the danger of people being overwhelmed by the concrete jungles and small spaces is increasingly real. The LH industry sectors include flower growers, nurseries, parks, landscapers and turf suppliers and producers. Attempts have been made to clearly identify and quantify the many social, environmental and economic benefits associated with lifestyle horticulture products and services. In Africa the success stories of the Kenyan cut flower and the South African ornamental plants industries are proof of economic benefits of LH. This paper has reviewed available literature on the benefits of Lifestyle Horticulture highlighting the social, environmental and economic benefits on a global scale and providing examples from a few developed countries. Proposed strategies to ensure a greater appreciation of LH by African governments, local authorities and citizens for improved quality of life in Africa have also been outlined.
Kariuki, W., Ondieki, J. and Njoroge, J.B.M. (2011). LIFESTYLE HORTICULTURE FOR QUALITY LIFE IN AFRICA. Acta Hortic. 911, 77-83
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2011.911.9
environmental horticulture, landscaping, ornamental plants, developing countries, economy, amenity gardening

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