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Horticulture in the Commonwealth of Virginia has been greatly influenced by the topography of the state, and by the heritage of early settlers. In the Handbook of Virginia, published in 1866, 6 “great natural divisions” were recognized: the Tidewater, Middle Virginia, Piedmont, the Blue Ridge, the Shenandoah Valley, and Appalachia. These divisions, which rise in altitude from east to west, were said to have “differences of climate, soil production and require separate considerations in every respect.” Superimposed on these regions were the culture and national heritage of the settlers which had a great influence on the scope and scale of the state's agricultural development.

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