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.
By E. P. Roe. Dodd, Mead & Co., New York. " Have you seen Roe's ' Success with Small Fruits?'" said the good Col. Wilder, as the writer of this took his arm to walk into the old South Church. The reply was that it had not been seen. " Then," said the enthusiastic pomologist, " don't fail to do so when you return. It is a contribution to American pomology we may all be proud of." On the return home it was on our table, and we can well understand Col. Wilder's pleasure on its appearance on his. It has done for pomology what the works of Downing, F. J. Scott and others have done for other branches of gardening. It has placed it among the fine arts. While all previous works on fruit culture have treated the subject rather as one ministering to a material want, instructing us how to get the greatest weight of fruit per acre, or so many cents per pound, this does not rest there; but while paying full respect to the dollar and cent aspect of small fruit culture gives us an intellectual treat, rich and rare, which any one might enjoy though he never set out a strawberry plant, or ate a berry in his life.
It has been among the weaknesses of horticulture in our country, that too many of those who are popularly esteemed horticulturists, and are looked upon as leaders and shining lights in " horticulture " are mere grovelers, and too nearly akin to that ancient creature which was doomed to go through the world henceforth eating dirt all the days of his life. Every effort to elevate our beautiful art must be welcome to its best friends; and welcome, very welcome will be this beautiful work of Mr. Roe's. The genuine lover of gardening will extend thanks to author and publisher alike.
We are glad to know that the beautiful and useful chapters of Mr. Roe, in Scribner's Monthly are to be enlarged and issued shortly in book form.