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.
The following explains itself: - "I noticed in the May number of the Gardeners' Monthly an editorial in which it stated that localities in which energetic florists with a small capital could do well are plentiful, and I write this to you as an inquiry where such places are to be found, knowing that you, as editor, have a good opportunity to hear of such places. After being connected with several large florists for several years, I feel competent to start out for myself; but, as I have only a small capital at my command, I cannot afford to travel to find a suitable locality, which I consider is the first importance; so I thought that you might be willing to give me what information you can. Hoping that I am not too bold in asking such a favor, I remain, respectfully,--------".
[We have suppressed the correspondent's name and address, and will simply say that he writes from one of the largest cities in the United States, and, from the little we know of it, believe that, for such a person as we have described, he would want no better opportunity anywhere than just where he is. In that very place are " florists by the score, and "jobbers," " practical gardeners," "landscape gardeners" innumerable; but the men we describe are scarce there to the best of our knowledge and belief. The city from which he writes contains hundreds of thousands of inhabitants, but a friend assures us that there are not three landscape gardeners in the whole city that an intelligent gentleman would seek for companionship or advice if he wished to have assistance in the improvement of "his grounds. We suspect such to be the case, for on looking at the list of subscribers to a horticultural paper from that city, we note how surprisingly few of the class already there subscribe to such works, and it shows their indifference to progress. In short, as to where to locate, our advice would be to choose some place where there are already a score or two of those dirty, ignorant "florists " and "jobbers," and where by the contrast your own worth and intelligence could be readily seen.
Where a community is too poor, or the numbers too few it would not be wise to make a start. It takes too long to educate such people. But the want for a better class is in those locations where there has already been taste enough to make ignoramuses succeed, and where the progressive people are yearning for something better. - Ed. G. M].
If the correspondent whose note called forth the paragraph under this head at page 253, in the August number, will send his exact address to the office, a letter from Raleigh, North Carolina, will be forwarded to him.