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.
There are few Americans but know that famous bedding plant Coleus Verschaffeltii, which, after all the newer introductions, remains the prince of the tribe. The following from the Gardener's Chronicle, will have a great interest in this connection:
"The announcement of the death of this distinguished and amiable horticulturist will be received with very great regret by his many friends and acquaintances in England. M Nuy-tans Verschaffelt was the adopted son of the late Jean Verschaffelt, of whose nursery, near Ghent, he was the manager, and to which he succeeded on the death of the proprietor. M. Nuytens Verschaffelt was deservedly a favorite for his genial straightforward character, while his nursery was one of the most remarkable, even in that town of nurseries, Ghent. The English visitor, go when he might, was sure to meet with a most kindly reception on the part of the proprietor, while the collections of plants under his care were unusually interesting and important. M. Nuytens Verschaffelt died on the 30th ult., after a short but painful illness in the forty-fourth year of his age. M. Nuytens Verschaffelt was an active member of the Royal Agricultural and Botanical Society of Ghent, a Chevalier of the Order of Philip the Magnanimous; but his best title to remembrance will be his own character".