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Urban Gardens

  • By: Rizwan Nawaz
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Urban gardens can be described as private green spaces belonging to a property within towns and cities. They vary in size from a relatively small patch of green space situated in front of a domestic property, often found in inner-city areas to large spaces surrounding an individual property, exceeding several hundred square meters. Urban gardens provide a haven for a wide range of flora and fauna within urban areas. The urban garden is generally not believed to be exceptional in its species richness, yet it has higher plant diversity than is found in the Amazon rain forest. Many bird species also frequent urban gardens, adding a sense of character to a neighborhood, especially during the summer months.

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