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.
For the first time since his accident, Hon. M. P. Wilder visited the rooms of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society at its August meeting expressly to do honor to the memory of Mr. Buist. He paid an eloquent tribute to his worth, and was followed by W. C. Strong, Robert Manning and President Hayes, after which appropriate resolutions.
In our last issue we expressed the intention of reverting again to the decease of our friend; but the immense influence which Mr. Buist has had in the great progress of American Horticulture demands no ordinary tribute; at least more than a hasty magazine paragraph will give the opportunity to do, and we have therefore thought best to defer yet a little while what we desire to say of him.
An Ohio correspondent pays the following tribute to the memory of Mr. Buist, and it is more valuable as coming from one whom we suppose never expected to see it in print. We are quite sure there are hundreds in the country who received their first American encouragement from Mr. Buist, who will wish to echo the sentiments of gratitude here expressed:
" When we see the shining lights of usefulness extinguished one by one around us, we are apt to recall the words long ago uttered, ' Night cometh when no man can work.' Little did I think the night was so nigh, or the lamp of life so near exhaustion which once shone in the face of my old friend, Mr. R. Buist. His work is done, and well done. His mission was noble and useful while with us, and the great good he did will live long after you and I and the rest of this generation will have passed away. ' Rosedale' was where I was first employed in this country, between twenty and thirty years ago. In the many mutations of life to which my lot has called me, none will linger longer in memory than the days I spent at 'Rosedale.' Hundreds of worthy, industrious and intelligent horticulturists from over the sea first found a home and employment at Mr. Buist's. and through his influence were put in the right way to enjoy ' life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.' Their name is legion, who have been permanently bettered in worldly circumstances through the direct aid of Mr. Buist. Three times have I returned to his nursery in the course of my calling, when the world used me less kindly elsewhere.
Well do I remember his last words when leaving him each time, after bidding me adieu: 'Remember there is always a place for you here if you wish to come back again.' Both he and his family showed me always the greatest respect and kindness".