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Dictionary Definition

orchard n : garden consisting of a small cultivated wood without undergrowth [syn: grove, woodlet, plantation]

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ortgeard, a compound of ort, either from wyrt, wort (plant) or from hortus, garden, and geard (see yard)


  1. a garden or an area of land to the cultivation of fruit or nut trees
  2. the trees themselves cultivated in such an area


land for cultivation of fruit or nut trees
the trees in an orchard

Extensive Definition

An orchard is an intentional planting of trees or shrubs maintained for food production. Most orchards comprise either fruit or nut-producing trees (see fruit trees), for commercial production. Orchards are also sometimes a feature of large gardens, where they serve an aesthetic as well as a productive purpose.
Most temperate-zone orchards are laid out in a regular grid, with a grazed or mown grass or bare soil base that makes maintenance and fruit gathering easy.
Orchards are often concentrated near bodies of water, where climatic extremes are moderated and blossom time is retarded until frost danger is past.
The forest garden is a food production system that is closely related to the orchard. A move towards more ecologically-friendly coffee production has led to forest-garden production of coffee. Brazil Nuts and rubber are being produced in such a method in some areas.
Often, mixed orchards are planted. In Europe Quince is sometimes planted along with apples.
See also the ":de:Streuobstwiese", a traditional landscape in the temperate, maritime climate of continental Western Europe. While Streuobstwiesen were kind of a rural community orchard in the 19th and early 20th century, originally meant for productive use of stone fruit, ecologists successfully propagated to have indirect state subsidizing for valuable Habitats and Biodiversity and beautiful landscapes.

Orchards by region

The most extensive orchards in the United States are apple and orange orchards, although citrus orchards are more commonly called groves. The most extensive apple orchard area is in eastern Washington state, while there are extensive orange orchards in Florida and southern California. A particular advantage of growing apples on the high plateau areas of Washington state is that it is possible to grow high-quality organic apples. In eastern North America many orchards are along the shores of Lake Michigan, Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario.
Murcia is a major orchard area in Europe, with citrus crops. New Zealand, China, Argentina, and Chile also have extensive apple orchards.

Towns associated with Orchards

Tenbury Wells in Worcestershire has been called The Town in the Orchard since the 19th century because it was surrounded by extensive orchards. Today this heritage is celebrated through an annual Applefest - see

Airports associated with Orchards

Historical Orchards


orchard in Bulgarian: Овощна градина
orchard in German: Streuobstwiese
orchard in French: Verger
orchard in Hebrew: פרדס
orchard in Luxembourgish: Bongert
orchard in Limburgan: Bóngerd
orchard in Dutch: Boomgaard
orchard in Japanese: 果樹園
orchard in Polish: Sadownictwo
orchard in Portuguese: Pomar
orchard in Ukrainian: Садівництво

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

arable land, barnyard, barton, bocage, bosk, cattle ranch, chicken farm, collective farm, coppice, copse, cotton plantation, croft, dairy farm, demesne, demesne farm, dry farm, dude ranch, factory farm, fallow, farm, farmery, farmhold, farmland, farmplace, farmstead, farmyard, fruit farm, fur farm, grain farm, grange, grassland, grove, hacienda, holt, homecroft, homefarm, homestead, hurst, kibbutz, kolkhoz, location, mains, manor farm, pasture, pen, plantation, poultry farm, ranch, rancheria, rancho, shaw, sheep farm, spinney, station, steading, stock farm, toft, tope, truck farm, wood lot, woodlet
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