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 find the following in the Detroit Farmer: "We recently visited the Durfee Plant House at Amherst, established by a fund given the Agricultural College by Dr. Nathan Durfee, of Fall River. We found it under the charge of Prof. S. T. Maynard, a graduate of that college, who reports that the house now contains between seven and eight thousand plants of fifteen hundred species and varieties. Twenty thousand bedding plants were propagated the last season. The sales of plants and flowers during the year amounted to $758.32, while about a third of the grapes in the vineyard were sold for $265.16, the balance having been destroyed by frost. The nursery at the college now contains more than six thousand fruit and or amental trees, including a large number of species. The vineyard contains about 2,000 vines of 32 different sorts.