A garden is a piece of land that's used to grow flowers, vegetables, or other plants. Your grandmother might be so proud of her rose garden that she gives every visitor a tour of it.

A vegetable garden is often planted in straight rows, sometimes within a raised bed. Flower gardens can take all sorts of shapes, from tidy to meandering. When you work in your garden, pulling weeds or planting seedlings, you garden. In the UK, a garden is what's called a yard in the US — any bit of land just outside of a house. The phrase "garden variety" means "ordinary:" "Oh he's just a garden variety mixed-breed dog, nothing fancy."

Definitions of garden

n a plot of ground where plants are cultivated

Hanging Gardens of Babylon
a terraced garden at Babylon watered by pumps from the Euphrates; construction attributed to Nebuchadnezzar around 600 BC
Tuileries Gardens
formal gardens next to the Louvre in Paris
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flower garden
a garden featuring flowering plants
formal garden
a garden laid out on regular lines with plants arranged in symmetrical locations or in geometrical designs
grove, orchard, plantation, woodlet
garden consisting of a small cultivated wood without undergrowth
herb garden
a garden for growing herbs
hop field, hop garden
a garden where hops are grown
kitchen garden, vegetable garden, vegetable patch
a small garden where vegetables are grown
a garden laid out for esthetic effect
market garden
a garden where fruit and vegetables are grown for marketing
pot farm
a plot of ground where marijuana is grown and harvested (often hidden in a national forest)
rock garden, rockery
a garden featuring rocks; usually alpine plants
roof garden
a garden on a flat roof of a building
rose garden
a garden for growing roses
sunken garden
a garden set below the level of the ground surrounding it
tea garden
a public garden where tea is served
a garden having shrubs clipped or trimmed into decorative shapes especially of animals
apple orchard
a grove of apple trees
lemon grove
a grove of lemon trees
orange grove
grove of orange trees
an ornamental flower garden; beds and paths are arranged to form a pattern
peach orchard
a grove of peach trees
victory garden
a kitchen garden planted during wartime to relieve food shortages
Type of:
patch, plot, plot of ground, plot of land
a small area of ground covered by specific vegetation

n a yard or lawn adjoining a house

Type of:
curtilage, grounds, yard
the enclosed land around a house or other building

n the flowers or vegetables or fruits or herbs that are cultivated in a garden

Type of:
botany, flora, vegetation
all the plant life in a particular region or period

v work in the garden

“My hobby is gardening
do landscape gardening
Type of:
have care of or look after

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