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.
One of the Philadelphia newspapers recently had the following paragraph:
"It is also contemplated publishing a book which will contain the Latin and common name of each plant and tree, which will be accompanied with a map of the grounds, the various plats marked in different colors, corresponding to those placed at the bottom of the map, and reference to which will give the name of the plant or tree the visitor may wish to examine, with its location and other points of interest. It is expected that an appropriation of $3,000 will be made for this purpose, either by councils or the park commission. The books will be sold for twenty-five cents each. It is hoped by this means to render Horticultural Hall and its surroundings more popular with the general public, and also to afford persons desiring to make themselves familiar with the appearance and habits of the trees, shrubs, etc., and the picturesque features of landscape gardening, an ample opportunity to do so".
It is not necessary to publish a work which shall give the "Latin and common name of each tree," but a little hook which should give a concise account of any which may have some popular interest, would be in great demand and pay for itself. It is surprising that such a useful work has not been done long since.