This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
All who are interested in the coniferous trees of the Pacific coast, will be familiar with the name of this gentleman, whose decease the English papers have just announced. He was among the earliest of the describers of the coniferous trees of the Pacific coast, and we owe much of our knowledge of them to his labors. American botanists might differ with him as to matters in relation to these plants, but he never allowed differences of this character to interfere with the most cordial personal relations, and in this exhibited the highest type of scientific character. The services which he had rendered to American Botany obtained for him an election to corresponding membership in the Academy of Natural Sciences, an honor we know he highly appreciated, as, in a letter to the writer but a few months before his death, he expressed his determination to visit the institution should he ever return to America, "though he would have to go a hundred miles out of his way to do it." He took a great deal of interest in the probable introduction of the Colorado Beetle into England, knowing from actual experience on this continent how destructive is its character; and much of the activity in England in devising schemes to save the English crops from destruction, is due to him.