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PUBLICATION, JANUARY, 2014. The Bioscientist. Vol. 2

The Bioscientist Vol. 2 (1): 87-102, January 2014.
Available online at http://www.bioscientistjournal.com
Osawaru et al.,2014 Page 87

SURVEY OF ORNAMENTAL GARDENS IN FIVE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREAS OF SOUTHERN EDO STATE NIGERIA.

*1,3OSAWARU, M. E, 1+OGWU, M. C AND 2AIGBEFUE, D.


1. Plant Conservation Unit, Department of Plant Biology and Biotechnology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria
2. Department of Environmental Management and Toxicology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria
3. Present address: Department of Biological Sciences, University of Abuja, Gwagwalada FCT, Nigeria.

*Corresponding author email: edwinosawaru@yahoo.com

ABSTRACT (Download PDF )

Ornamental plants are plants selected for cultivation in a garden primarily because of their aesthetic values. Operators of such gardens may depend on its success for subsistence and income security. This study examined ornamental gardens and plants in five Local Government Areas (LGA’s) of Southern Edo State, Nigeria. The LGA’s include Egor, IkpobaOkha, Oredo, Ovia North East and Ovia South West. A total of 25 ornamental garden and their operators were surveyed across the study area. Their knowledge and practices were assessed using interviews and semi structured questionnaires. A total of about 51 ornamental plants distributed in 31 higher plant families were encountered in all the gardens. More so, the study revealed that majority of the gardens is owned and manage by the Benin ethnic group and mostly female. The age distribution pattern revealed that respondents were mostly between 30 - 40 years and rarely acquired tertiary education. Information on the awareness of ornamentals as an environmental management tool was high with the major constraint been finance. Furthermore, it was revealed that majority of the gardeners prefer to situate their gardens by the roadside. It can be suggested from the study that the sector need support from government to provide basic amenities and encourage unemployed youths to venture.

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Keywords: Ornamental garden, Agriculture, Gardners, Plants

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