Definition of garden in US English:



  • 1A small piece of ground used to grow vegetables, fruit, herbs, or flowers.

    ‘they brought us tomatoes from their garden’
    ‘a sunroom looks out over the vegetable garden’
    • ‘Anyone who has attractive wild flowers growing in their gardens may like to collect and donate some seeds of same.’
    • ‘The extensive vegetable gardens and fruit orchard provide food for the couple and bountiful gifts for friends.’
    • ‘Tomatoes are by far the most popular vegetable grown in American gardens.’
    • ‘To extend the growing season, he said his students also grow flowers in the garden's border.’
    • ‘I've also established my share of vegetable and perennial flower gardens.’
    • ‘She's always tinkering with her flower and vegetable gardens, or rushing off in her old pickup for senior softball and tennis.’
    • ‘They are also responsible for the family vegetable and fruit gardens and for threshing, husking, and milling the grain.’
    • ‘Urban gardens where vegetables and flowers are grown are also common.’
    • ‘There they produced their own milk and meat and their gardens supplied fruit and vegetables.’
    • ‘Secondly, those families with gardens grew vegetables in them.’
    • ‘The patch of ground she was sweeping is now a smart lawn rimmed with flowers and a vegetable garden.’
    • ‘Most people in New Zealand live in single houses with large yards and flower or vegetable gardens.’
    • ‘Soldiers are accused of beating local residents - women as well as men - who have not obeyed the orders to uproot their vegetable gardens and fruit trees.’
    • ‘Neighbours complained that the state of the house and garden depressed property prices and even made it impossible to grow vegetables in gardens because the sun was blotted out.’
    • ‘As he took me around, he proudly showed me where he had built terraces, where he had planted fruit trees, and where he established herb and vegetable gardens.’
    • ‘Most women grew vegetable gardens primarily to sustain their families.’
    • ‘Many families have vegetable gardens and grow apple trees, gooseberries and black currents.’
    • ‘What if you don't want to give up space in the flower garden to grow fruit, or if your soil is too poor?’
    • ‘Fruit, nut and berry orchards will be expanded as will the vegetable, herb and flower gardens.’
    • ‘We were guided a couple of miles to a beautiful old house with a garden and fruit trees.’
    piece of land, plot
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    1. 1.1usually gardens Ornamental grounds laid out for public enjoyment and recreation.
      ‘botanical gardens’
      • ‘Native vegetation is also celebrated and reintroduced in a range of public parks and institutional gardens in capital cities.’
      • ‘They spend time picking up litter in the suburb, trimming pavement lawns and public gardens.’
      • ‘The most striking ones are connected with the illegal giveaway of some public parks and gardens, he said.’
      • ‘Private gardens, public parks, tall avenue trees, lake and ponds; these are the features of Bangalore than multiplexes and neon signs.’
      • ‘The estate includes a 17th century deer park with a herd of fallow deer, and ornamental gardens.’
      • ‘We've got a beautiful arboretum and gorgeous public gardens and a world class aquarium and nature trails and historical mansions.’
      • ‘Public gardens are filled with flowers and kept in good order.’
      • ‘It is grown as an ornamental plant in gardens and parks for its colored flowers and ever-blooming nature.’
      • ‘Development continued, with bridges being built over watercourses, pathways being laid out, and ornamental trees and gardens planted.’
      • ‘Public parks and gardens in Yorkshire need better protection to stop crucial community facilities being lost, conservationists warn today.’
      • ‘The water department is trying to recycle these sources of waste water for further use, such as watering parks and public gardens or street-cleaning.’
      • ‘Flying kites has been forbidden in public parks and gardens throughout the city since the beginning of this month.’
      • ‘Council wardens would be employed to fine those who throw rubbish on private land such as gardens, and public spaces including streets and parks.’
      • ‘The project manager says the garden is a demonstration model for the public and sponsors to see what can be done in public parks and gardens.’
      • ‘We have play areas, football pitches, a tennis court and ornamental gardens.’
      • ‘There is still an air of prosperity in the nation, with people, public places and gardens as neat, clean and safe as ever.’
      • ‘She renovated the ruined fort, laid out ornamental gardens and turned this unlikely corner of Brittany into something of a fin-de-siècle social mecca.’
      • ‘It was very common at one stage for Sydney councils to say, instead of setting aside land for public parks and gardens, that you pay a fixed sum of money.’
      • ‘Public parks and gardens and derelict land in five deprived areas in the region are to be improved with more than £4.5m lottery money.’
      • ‘For example, treated water is now used in public parks and gardens which have also arisen through the efforts of the rehabilitation campaign.’
  • 2North American in names A large public hall.

    ‘Madison Square Garden’
    • ‘There is a mystique about Madison Square Garden that makes it a special place for many NHL players.’


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  • Cultivate or work in a garden.

    ‘she wrote books, kept journals, and gardened’
    • ‘As a young mother, I gardened, reused what I could, and rarely bought anything that was not absolutely necessary.’
    • ‘While he supervised the workers Olga painted, wrote letters, washed, sewed and gardened just like any other Danish farmwife.’
    • ‘If you have gardened for any length of time at all, you already know that it is a rare garden challenge that has only a single solution.’
    • ‘Basically it's the true story of a suburbanite gardener who began to notice that as she gardened on her property, nature began to leave.’
    • ‘If you've gardened for more than a season or two you have almost certainly run into this concept, and learned that it is a straightforward process that gradually acclimates the seedling to life in the great outdoors.’
    • ‘They gardened together and studied in the library.’
    • ‘Having gardened for a living since 1977, I have learnt to respect the individual weather characteristics of every month.’
    • ‘But ultimately, African American women in the rural South controlled how and where they gardened, and by implication, why they gardened.’
    • ‘Striking this seam of rock marked the beginning of a fundamental change in the way she gardened, and she decided to concentrate on making the most of what she had by planting with alpines.’
    • ‘‘When my wife was alive, we would disagree, so she would garden in the garden and I gardened in the woods,’ says Forteviot.’
    • ‘She gardened on lime-laden chalk, an absolute no-no for acid loving species.’
    • ‘In the fifteen years I've gardened in the desert I have yet to find a variety of tomato meant for fresh-off-the-vine eating that produces as reliably and abundantly as this classic example of a hybrid plant variety.’
    • ‘Women aged 50 years and older who gardened at least once per week had higher bone density readings than women who jogged, swam, walked, or performed aerobics.’
    • ‘Believe it or not, although I have gardened for years on a property that contains plants from fruit trees through small alpines, I do not own a pressure sprayer.’
    • ‘My father gardened on a north facing slope on the Devon-Somerset border and his records are very similar to his here.’
    • ‘Elmer and my dad worked together, played together, and gardened together.’
    • ‘When I gardened in London there was always a queue of a dozen birds at the dispenser in winter months; curious as to whether it was the same dozen gorging themselves over and over, I called in an expert.’
    • ‘If we garden because the climate is good, the Persians gardened because the climate was dreadful: freezing winters, scorching summers, dust storms, earthquakes.’
    • ‘For the next five years they gardened part-time while continuing to work full-time at the Washington Post.’
    • ‘Some people I spoke to gardened under very difficult circumstances, but gritty determination was winning the way towards a beautiful back yard.’


Middle English: from Old Northern French gardin, variant of Old French jardin, of Germanic origin; related to yard.