Urban Gardening Practices and Culture

  • Nancy A. NixEmail author


Human-environment connection has progressed from basic survival to subsistence through the use of local ecosystem services and the domestication and cultivation of plants for food and medicine. Approaches of cultivation vary, with the use of geometric plots and linear rows, raised garden beds, rows and clusters of plants, container gardens, as well as the more natural state of permaculture. Across cultures, gardens are dynamic and may serve multiple purposes. Beyond food production and cultural cuisine, they create a use of space for health and well-being, sense of identities, sense of place, spirituality, social and multi-generational interactions, and for therapeutic/medicinal purposes. To develop and maintain healthy lifestyles and healthy communities, the role of gardens and the multi-use of public space deserve attention.


Home Garden Kitchen Garden Garden Plot Ethnic Heritage Home Food Environment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Alaska AnchorageAnchorageUSA

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