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.
It is very much to be regretted that in the efforts of the various States to display their resources at the Centennial so many of them have lacked the ability to discover those in their midst of whom to take intelligent counsel. Here is a scrap reported to be the Centennial "discovery" for Delaware:
"There are twenty-nine varieties of wood grown in this State, as has been discovered by Colonel H. B. Fiddeman, of the Centennial Commissioners. These are: Chestnut oak, white oak, red oak, black oak, Spanish oak, peach oak, hickory, poplar, sassafras, chestnut, sweet or white gum, yellow gum, black gum, white cedar, red cedar, maple, walnut, wild cherry, yellow or long-leaf pine, spruce, holly, ash, persimmon, dogwood, sycamore, birch, mulberry, locust, and beech. They will all be exhibited at the Centennial."
If such an able botanist as Mr. Wm. N. Canby, Col. Fiddeman's neighbor, had been consulted, he would no doubt have doubled the list to the credit of Delaware, and made no charge we are sure for such able service. We can say of our knowledge of Delaware, thinking merely just as we write, that, besides the trees named, there is the water oak, the post oak, scarlet oak, blackjack oak, shingle oak (supposing that by peach oak the willow oak and not this is intended), pin oak, swamp white oak; besides there are several kinds of walnut, ash, hickory, locust, pine, and so on, while the "long-leaf pine" "does not grow there at all. The most common pines of Delaware are Pinus inops, P. mitis and Pinus rigida.