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Ishwarbhai C. Patel

Rutgers Urban Gardening (RUG) has established a physical, psychological, and emotional environment that fosters and sustains diversity. RUG enhances cultural diversity by employing an ethnic minority work force of six, reaching diverse audiences representing more than 30 ethnic groups, and offering a wide variety of educational programs. Urban gardening gives people an opportunity to meet others, share concerns, and solve problems together. It cuts across social, economic, cultural, and racial barriers, bringing together people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds.

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Sin-Ae Park, A-Young Lee, Hee-Geun Park, Ki-Cheol Son, Dae-Sik Kim, and Wang-Lok Lee

novel risk factors such as inflammation ( Mora et al., 2007 ) and oxidative stress ( Schjerve et al., 2008 ). Gardening activities are considered low- to moderate-intensity physical activities in the older population ( Park et al., 2011 , 2012 , 2014a

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Kathleen Dobbs, Diane Relf, and Alan McDaniel

To determine if and how plant materials were used in Virginia elementary school curricula, a survey was conducted on horticulture or gardening in elementary [Kindergarten-sixth grade (K-6)] education. To do this, 10 questionnaires and cover letters were sent to each of 100 randomly chosen elementary schools throughout Virginia. Based on a 34% response rate from a self-selected group of K-6 teachers, there was a relatively high level of interest (88%) regarding using horticulture or gardening in the classroom. A major goal of this survey was to determine what would encourage or facilitate incorporating horticulture or gardening into the curriculum.

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McKenzie Thomas, Kimberly Jensen, Margarita Velandia, Christopher Clark, Burton English, Dayton Lambert, and Forbes Walker

environmentally conscious gardening practices ( Behe et al., 2010 ; Grebitus et al., 2017 ) and that gardeners preferred ecofriendly products ( Behe et al., 2013 ; Fan and McCann, 2015 ; Yue et al., 2010 ). However, it is unlikely that decisions about practice

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Mary Hockenberry Meyer and Karl Foord

Gardening is of great interest in the United States, with 91million households, or 83% of all U.S. households participating in one or more types of do-it-yourself indoor and outdoor lawn and garden activities, spending an annual average of $387

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Bridget K. Behe, Benjamin L. Campbell, Charles R. Hall, Hayk Khachatryan, Jennifer H. Dennis, and Chengyan Yue

online search and purchase studies related to plants and gardening. Their objectives were to provide baseline information for horticultural firms considering establishing an online presence either for information-seekers or plant- and related product

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Sin-Ae Park, Candice Shoemaker, and Mark Haub

health ( Nelson et al., 2007 ; Pate et al., 1995 ). Moderate intensity PA, such as brisk walking, swimming, cycling, or dancing, causes some increase in breathing or heart rate (HR) ( Marcus and Forsyth, 2003 ). Gardening is a popular leisure

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Bridget K. Behe, Benjamin Campbell, Jennifer Dennis, Charles Hall, Roberto Lopez, and Chengyan Yue

consumer preference. Consumer participation in gardening and purchases of garden-related products are often described demographically. Researchers correlated income, age, gender, and home ownership with the likelihood of consumer participation and

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Laurie W. DeMarco, P. Diane Relf, and Alan McDaniel

57 ORAL SESSION 11 (Abstr. 451–455) Human Issues in Horticulture–Children's Gardening

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Amy McFarland, Tina M. Waliczek, Coleman Etheredge, and Aime J. Sommerfeld Lillard

Gardening is one of the most popular home-based leisure activities in the United States ( Ashton-Shaeffer and Constant, 2005 ). Gardening offers a fascinating experience as an activity with a degree of universality that transcends differing