University of Maryland Extension

Landscaping and nursery businesses

Author: 
Neith Little, Extension Agent, Urban Agriculture


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 Plant nurseries and landscaping businesses located in cities are part of the urban agriculture. Photo by Edwin Remsberg, © University of Maryland—AGNR Image Library.
Figure 10: Plant nurseries and landscaping businesses located in cities are part of the urban agriculture. Photo by Edwin Remsberg, © University of Maryland—AGNR Image Library.

Landscaping companies, arborists, and plant nurseries located in cities are also considered a kind of urban agriculture (Figure 10). These types of businesses sometimes refer to themselves as part of “the green industry.”

In addition to traditional landscaping companies, edible landscaping is a growing trend (Figure 11). Edible landscaping companies can be hired to build or maintain vegetable gardens and fruit plantings for private homeowners and for corporate or municipal buildings, the same way landscapers have traditionally planted and maintained ornamental plantings.

 Converting lawns to vegetable gardens is a popular trend, which edible landscaping companies are turning into a business model. Photo by Josh Rosenstein, Edible Eden, Baltimore, MD.
Figure 11: Converting lawns to vegetable gardens is a popular trend, which edible landscaping companies are turning into a business model. Photo by Josh Rosenstein, Edible Eden, Baltimore, MD.

 

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