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 find some strange statements sometimes about American trees and American gardening from American correspondents of European gardening papers. One of the latest of these is in a paper on the Kentucky Coffee Tree, by Mr. C. M. Hovey, of Boston, to the Garden. He says:
"Though growing over such a vast extent in our own country, from Canada to Tennessee, it is yet very rare to find it planted in the Atlantic States; and it is doubtful if there are trees of any size, except in some of the old half-botanic gardens".
The writer of this knows of at least a hundred, many of huge size, spread among numerous gardens around Philadelphia, and this fact, Mr. H. could readily have ascertained before starting his error off on its mission to the Old World. Instead of their being scarce in culture in our country, there has been a steady demand for them for many years from some of our best nurseries, and they will be found in most catalogues of leading nurserymen. We know of one American nurseryman who must have had a stock last Summer when we saw them, of at least five thousand, from six to eight feet high, and we have no doubt if our foreign houses wanted to draw on American nurseries for a stock, ten or twenty thousand nursery-raised trees could be shipped on a three month's notice.
It is difficult to conceive what can be Mr. Hovey's object in sending such statements abroad. We will only say to our European friends that Americans do not neglect to cultivate their own beautiful trees; but fine specimens of perhaps all that have been long enough known to warrant it, may be found in many American gardens, though possibly that fact may not be recognized in Loudon's works, to which Mr. Hovey refers.