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.
The prevalent impression among the people of this country is that the skilled gardeners of England are enabled, by forcing and careful treatment, to supply most of the fruit required in their country. But we learn from a London paper that large quantities are imported almost daily from the continent; many tons of Strawberries and Cherries being shipped at Havre, St. Malo and Honfleur, on board the steamers to Southampton, whence they are sent by train to London. Judging from this, the continent of Europe bears the same relation to England, that Florida does to us in supplying early fruit.