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.
We are glad to be able to announce that in a few years the very valuable Colorado species, Douglas', Menzies, and Engelmann's, will be within reach of all, Messrs. Douglas & Sons, of Waukegan, III., having succeeded in procuring last season a large supply of the seeds of these trees, which have already germinated finely. The crop of Abies Menziesii - the Blue Spruce of the Cambridge garden, or as it is known in England, A.. Menziesii Parryana, is enormous, consisting of many hundred thousand plants. The test to which these Colorado conifers have been subjected in various parts of New England, proves, without doubt their hardiness and value for all the northern portion of this country, and for Northern Europe; indeed at St. Petersburg, but three coniferous trees have yet proved hardy and of these Abies Engelmanni is one.
It is suggested that these trees will be found able to resist the trying climate of the plains of Nebraska and Kansas, where thus far the Red Cedar alone among coniferous trees succeeds, and where there is a special need of evergreen wind-breaks and shelter plantations. We shall be disappointed if the Colorado Menziesii, with its rigid foliage and compact growth, does not make the best evergreen hedge-plant which has yet been tried in the Northern States.
Since the above was written, the venerable pioneer in American forest tree raising, the Senior Douglas walked into our office. Of course we talked with him about the above matters of interest, and finally mentioned that we had prepared a paragraph already about it. The modest old gentleman was horrified. "Please do'nt put that in, people know I have visited Philadelphia, and they will think at my request I or desire, you have done this." Well, it is a pleasure to hear a man talk like that in these days; but still we do not know why the public should be punished in not getting a good piece of news, simply because we had the good fortune to enjoy Mr. Douglas' company.