This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A writer in Der Deutsche Garten states that the imperial library of China contains 15,000 works on the cultivation of flowers and botany, whereof about 500 are devoted to the Rose alone. Such quantities of Roses are grown in the Emperor's gardens that the sale of the essence prepared therefrom annually brings £5000 into the treasury. Talking of Chinese botanical literature, reminds us that the Japanese have already adopted the botanical nomenclature recognized in Europe and other countries, and their illustrations of the flora of Japan to which the latin names are attached are exceedingly good.