This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A friend writes: " The venerable Dr. Win. M. Howsley, of Leavenworth, Kansas died at Central City, Nebraska on Mar. 5th, 1880. He was afflicted with Bright's disease of the kidneys for several years past, which caused his death while visiting his daughter in Nebraska. Kansas has lost a useful man. He was president of the Kansas State Horticultural Society for four years, and has always been enthusiastic in the work and study of horticulture".
The proprietor of the Reading (Mass.) nurseries, was born at Bedford, New Hampshire, in March, 1847, and commenced his very successful business where he is now in 1854. His nurseries have been one of the cheap sources of supply to the people of New Hampshire, but the Legislature of New Hampshire in 1879, enacted a law forbidding the sale of trees, shrubs or vines not grown in the State. The people of New Hampshire can however go to his nurseries and buy, and numbers no doubt will.
A portrait of this distinguished botanist was recently presented to the American Philosophical Society. This Society was founded by Benjamin Franklin, and recently celebrated its 100th birthday.
Remarkably liberal premiums are offered for horticultural products, and plant and fruit growers begin to look after this annual exposition as something worth encouraging. It is open this year from September 8th to October 9th.
The meeting this year will be held on the 16th of June, in Chicago, at the Grand Pacific Hotel.
The schedule of premiums, very liberal, competition open to all the country, can now be had of Mr. Robert Manning, Boston, Secretary.
This body is meeting with growing success. It is already attracting attention outside of the city, and promises to be as famous as the Pennsylvania or Massachusetts Society. Many of New York's leading citizens have become members, and they are already talking about "a large hall of their own." The whole country wishes them the best of success.
I have been troubled with the sow bug, On-iscus usellus, eating plants growing in hot-beds, mostly verbenas. They seem particularly fond of seedling verbenas and pansies. I have used tobacco dust with good results. I never heard of their eating plants before. Are they new recruits to the vast army of insects injurious to vegetation?
[The sow bug or woodlouse is not an uncommon pest to the greenhouse and hot-bed cultivator. - Ed. G. M].