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.
Professor Sargent writes that " the following extract from a letter from Mr. John F. Baldwin, of Otley, Iowa, is interesting as showing that Picea pungens (Abies Menziesii of the Colorado botanists) was really introduced into cultivation as early as 1860, or two years earlier than the first seed of this species were sent home by Dr. Parry. A specimen from one of Mr. Baldwin's trees, now before me, confirms his determination of the species. Mr. Baldwin writes: ' I would say, in regard to my plants of Picea pungens, that I dug them up in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, in April, 1860, and brought them to Iowa with several other kinds of trees, by wagon, being over a month on the way. The trees were packed in hay, as I could get nothing better to pack them in at the time. The trees were less than two feet in height, and at the time I began to dig them it commenced snowing. During the two hours we were engaged in digging the plants, snow to the depth of two feet must have fallen, so that before the trees were all taken up we had to dig clown into the snow to find where they were. These trees are now 25 feet high, and are very hardy, having withstood our most severe winters.
They have never been in the least killed back, and I consider them as hardy and beautiful as any tree which can be found in this country.' "