This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Transactions for 1875. From W. H. Pagan, Secretary.
We do not know that we have ever been more pleased with any "annual address" than that of President Gilbert, as reported here. In speaking of the objects of the Society, he refers to its duty in furnishing the fruit growers of Indiana with reliable lists of fruits, and in the "broader field of inculcating a love of the beautiful in nature, landscape gardening, arboriculture, and floriculture, not forgetting vegetable gardening, and all that pertains to the kitchen and dining-room." It is eminently practical in going into the details of the horticulture of public buildings and grounds, where above all in a country like this we should expect to see good gardening. It is strange reading. The Blind Asylum at Indianapolis is "surrounded by delightful grounds, fountains, beautiful shade-trees, green lawns, beautiful flower-beds, and well-kept walks, while the Normal School at Terre Haute has no trees, no grass, no flowers - a bleak, barren place, with a tumble-down fence." The same queer anomalies prevail through the whole report.
It is to be regretted that "delegates" to other societies should do no more than hand in as "their" reports, clippings from the local columns of the daily papers where the meetings are held. The reporters of these papers know nothing of horticulture, and are very often young men, ignorant of short-hand, and who can but just manage to write down the first part of a sentence, and omit the last part for want of time before getting at the next. Every speaker knows the horrible work these gentlemen make. They do the best they can, and we are all thankful, but we expect delegates who undertake reporting to do better, and not lazily take newspaper reporters' work and palm it off as their own. Here we have a delegate reporting that " Mr. Meehan said a hop vine growing over a pear tree would keep pears from cracking," in his remarks at Chicago. This was perfectly excusable on the part of the young man who reported for the Chicago Tribune, and it received at the time the compliment of a good laugh; but it is a very absurd statement for one who heard Mr. Meehan's remarks, to make in a report to the Indiana Horticultural Society.
Neunzehuter Jahres-Bericht des Garten-haw-Vereins fur Bremen. 1875. (Nineteenth annual report of the Society of Horticulture of Bremen, 1875.) Pamphlet form just received, containing, besides the annual reports of the officers, many useful articles on greenhouse and hot-house plants. Illustrated.