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.
A correspondent of the Gardener's Chronicle, thus goeth for ye man who cleaneth out ye last specimens. We rather suspect he took care to have in his own herbarium a "Malaxis paludosa" a "Cyp-ripedium, " and a " Lizard orchis" before he saw "with horror" and so forth. Still the lover of rare plants, may sympathize with the wail which in his better moments he gives, especially as it is beginning to apply to our own country:
" In Britian it has been rendered necessary to legislate for the protection of wild birds, for the same reason; but as yet the law has not reached our wild plants, which, owing to the greed of eradicators, under the cognomen of botanists, are becoming more and more rare - nay, some are extinct; and owing to the spread of a taste for having in a garden what would look better wild, we shall soon have to go far afield to find a Primrose or a Fern. Would that eradicators would exercise their spuds on such plants as Docks, Dandelions, and Thistle, and deserve thanks instead of reprobation. We have heard of a collector who, once calling on a country botanist to inquire the whereabouts of a rare English plant, Malaxis paludosa, was asked if he were an " Eradicator, " and replied he was a " Botanist, " a talismanic term, which so touched the hearer that he kindly took some trouble to indicate the desired spot, when the "Botanist, " espying in a damp spot a single specimen, sprang on the devoted plant and uprooted it, much to the horror of the cicerone.
0 where are Cypripedium, the Lizard Orchis, etc., etc. ? They are in Herbaria, if not eaten by beetles, and the fortunate owner of the last specimen is not ashamed to boast its possession. If it were the last Dandelion or Shepherd's Purse, he would be more deserving of credit".