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.
We had a very pleasant, and I trust profitable, meeting of the Northern Illinois Horticultural Society, at Crystal Lake, I11., the last week in January. Although the place of meeting did not suit many who reside near the west and south border of the district - it being on the extreme northern line - yet we had an increased attendance, with more interest manifested than at any meeting of the Society I have attended in the past five years. Most of the veterans were there, and some new faces, who were gladly welcomed to our ranks. Notably absent, and occasioning universal regret, were Douglass, Edwards and McAffee. The papers presented were of more than ordinary interest. One by Tyler McWhorter, on Landscape Gardening, illustrated by drawings, was remarkable for its clear perception of beauty combined with utility in arranging ordinary farm dwellings and grounds. This paper, deserves a much wider dissemination than it will receive in the State Reports.
Mr. Cochrane, of Blue Island, near Chicago, gave us an interesting familiar talk on orchids, their habits, treatment, etc, and the influence of flowers in home life. The great attention shown to his remarks, and applause at times, demonstrated the growing interest in all classes of a higher estimation of floriculture. By a vote of the Society he will at our next annual meeting continue the subject and illustrate his subject with specimen plants of this unique and beautiful family Steps were taken to have an arbor day appointed for the State, and every exertion will be made to make the Centennial year celebrated by a wonderful increase in the number of trees planted. Delegates were in attendance from Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, and other States. The next meeting was appointed at Franklin Grove, i11. Much interest was manifested by other towns to secure the meeting, but a few things turned the scale in favor of the Grove. First, A. R. Whitney is one of the most active horticulturists we have, always lending his time and means to the various Societies in the North-Avest, and so modest that up to this time he has never asked or received a favor. Second, we all want to see the elder Whitney once more.
He is now in his 84th year, yet stands erect, and will walk his mile as fast as even his grand-children. It being Centennial year both of the Whitneys are set down for speeches. Your Monthly being our organ in the West as much as it is in the East, we feel a little like demanding your presence next winter. Please come and see what rapid strides we are making in horticulture. The West has passed the pioneer age, and a taste for the beautiful is rapidly developing. At the Crystal Lake meeting, it was decided to hold a convention of nurserymen, Florists and Seedsmen in Chicago, on the second Wednesday of June next. It being on the route of our friends from all sections of the West and South-west many will stop at such a meeting on their way to the Centennial. This meeting cannot fail to result in great benefit to our trade. We extend to all the Nurserymen, Florists and Seedsmen of the East a cordial welcome to be present.