Flowers of Human Presence: Effects of Esthetic Values on the Evolution of Ornamental Plants

The author explains how esthetic values have affected the evolution of ornamental plants. In this century, ornamental  plant breeders have come to have pervasive influence upon urban environments by producing, in the form of living  organisms, imagery of nature for our culture. As we move into the era of biotechnics, the values and assumptions of  traditional hybridizers may at least temporarily become even more influential because biotechnicians have not had  sufficient time to develop their own esthetic values.

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