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.
The Exposition has (Sept. 10) but sixty days more to live, and how many gardeners have seen it?
Such, Mr. Editor, were the objects of my reflections while coming home from the fruit show yesterday, and well might every man of an observing nature cogitate on the above questions, for fully one-half of the gardeners I come in contact with, have not visited our "glorious Centennial," and the other half not more than once or twice, the last being a rare exception.
Now, what I wish to call attention to is this: that some of those who make a great "blow" and noise about their "loyalty, independence and liberty," are first to patronize and aid any undertaking connected with this Centennial celebration that will bring their name into prominence before the public as generous and liberal, while the same men have not offered their gardeners a day this summer for recreation and enjoyment, and to witness this mighty show. Not only would the gardener be benefitted, but his employer would also be, for the lessons to learn are numerous - if only to study the landscaping, the Horticultural Hall and the beds around it, which speaks highly for the taste and judgment of the " Horticultural Bureau," and a keen observer will pick many a valuable "wrinkle " in the gardening line.
I have been waiting patiently to see if the veteran Harding or some other "able genius" would have a plea through your valuable journal for the working gardener; and not only for the gardeners, but for those also who have the dignified position of helping the cook and Bridget, the scullery maid; whose temperaments are so well balanced as to be able to hold the offices of gardener, coachman, boot-black, errand boy and God knows what, combined! Those who hold the position of gardener, in the literal sense of the word, are very few and far between, and let the gentlemen who employ both classes study the matter. Let those who employ the first, and treat them as such, give them a few days between this and the end, with a few fifty-cent pieces in their fists; and let those who employ the others, whether they are peanut venders or insurance agents, give their men a day, without a murmur, and without a fifty cents. It will not only give new energy, but it will be an indebtedness the servant will owe his master, and an object for which he can retaliate by a more faithful, industrious and grateful future.