ENVIRONMENTAL OUTDOOR PLANT PREFERENCES: A PRACTICAL APPROACH FOR CHOOSING OUTDOOR PLANTS IN URBAN OR SUBURBAN RESIDENTIAL AREAS IN ANTALYA, TURKEY


KAYA L. G., KAYNAKCI ELİNÇ Z., YÜCEDAĞ C., ÇETİN M.

FRESENIUS ENVIRONMENTAL BULLETIN, vol.27, no.12, pp.7945-7952, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 27 Issue: 12
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Journal Name: FRESENIUS ENVIRONMENTAL BULLETIN
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.7945-7952
  • Keywords: Green spaces, sustainability, survey methods, landscape planning
  • Akdeniz University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

The unique qualities of natural landscapes contribute to residential urban areas. Although such areas boost the sustainability of urban environments from an ecological point of view, studies indicate that natural recreational areas are not used if they do not meet the needs and preferences of residents. This study thus focuses on an objective and subjective evaluation of different outdoor plants by 240 residents of Antalya, Turkey, as determined through a survey. While differences in plant preferences and recreational trends were found to be influenced by the demographic statuses of participants, the findings reveal a preference for green spaces that offer opportunities for socialization and for the personal growing of plants. This study elucidates residents' expectations regarding green spaces and illustrates a new method of using groups determined by participants to better understand preferences. Respondents highly preferred combinations of fruit trees (64.2%) and ornamental plants, shrubs, and flowers (60.8%) over other outdoor plants, and 37.1% highly valued aesthetic characteristics such as flowers and leaves. A total of 72 plant species were present in the gardens of respondents, the most common being lemon (Citrus limon [L.] Burm. f.). These results are useful for municipalities, landscape architects, nurseries, and other relevant groups.