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.
When I reflect on the rapid progress which our Society has made since its establishment, how it has risen from the small beginning of a few States, until its jurisdiction embraces a catalogue of fifty States, districts and territories,, with lists of fruits adapted to each, - how its list of members has increased from a few dozens to many hundreds of practical and scientific cultivators, and numerous sister associations have spread over our fair land, from the British Provinces to the Gulf of Mexico, all working together in harmony with each other to aid us in our great work of planting throughout our vast domain, gardens, orchards, and vineyards of the best fruits known, - when I reflect upon the comparatively small value of the fruit crop of that day, not considered as worthy of a place in our national statistics, now rivalling in value some of the most important crops of pur country, I feel an interest that can scarcely be expressed in words. When we consider the astonishing increase in fruit culture, the immense number of trees sent from this place and its vicinity and from other parts, distributed all over this continent and even to foreign lands - the wonderful increase of peaches, grapes, strawberries, and other small fruits, and the ease with which they are sent to market - the rapid development of new lands suited to fruit culture, and that throughout our broad land, wherever the foot of civilization has planted itself, the enterprise of fruit culture is sure to keep pace with it - it is not easy to estimate its future importance, whether for the production of an article of luxury, of home consumption, or of foreign commerce.
In this connection permit me to refer you to the recommendations in my previous address; to the great increase of fruit culture in our coun-try, and to the revenue arising therefrom. This is constantly increasing, showing a great augmentation since that time in our shipments abroad. I have not the statistics at hand, but as an evidence of the fruit shipped from New England - not including those from Connecticut,whieh went to New York - we find that more than half a million barrels of fruit were shipped from Boston, and ports east from Boston in 1878. Of this number fully two hundred and fifty thousand barrels were grown in New Hampshire alone, three quarters of the balance were from Massachusetts, and the rest from Maine.