Original Caption: A corner of the flower farm in harvest time.
Floriculture, or flower farming, is not what we traditionally think of when we hear the word “farming.” Cows, pigs, other livestock, corn, vegetables, and other crops may all come to mind but typically not flowers. However, many flowers, especially roses, carnations, and chrysanthemums, have been farmed for hundreds of years. They are grown and cultivated in greenhouses, a practice which began in the 1700s. Flower farms were often located near big cities to easily deliver fresh cut flowers to town. The image shows workers harvesting a flower field in the early 1900s. This type of flower farming is now all but obsolete in the United States. Many cut flowers are imported from other countries since flower farmers have switched to growing bedded and potted flowers. These types of flowers are easier to grow and more profitable for the farmers.