This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
"J. B.," Frederic-ton, X. B., writes: " You say, p. 253, 'never mind the fine writing; tell us what you know in the fewest and plainest words you can think of. It will all the better suit us and most of our readers.' I like these words because they suit my taste and schooling. I have read or dreamed of a minister who used to say, ' he no more durst use fine words than he durst dress in a fine suit,' his motto was 'save all you can, and give all you can to charitable purposes, including the widow and fatherless.' I think the most successful teachers, secular or religious, are men who use the plainest words. We have a good paper here, The Farmer, mostly devoted to agriculture, but the reading matter is mostly clippings from American papers. The editor cannot get farmers to tell anything they know, because they have not fine words, yet many of them are successful cultivators, situated along the St. John's River. I, for one, with many more of the Monthly readers are very willing to sit on the footstool, and give all honor to our superiors in theory and practice. I am willing to own my ignorance, in not having received a classical education.
We desire, therefore, with our superior and esteemed editor, correspondents to give plainness of speech, so that the learned and the unlearned may understand, when they endeavor to enlighten us through the medium of the Gardener's Monthly. I may just here thank those lady contributors for their paragraphs, and am always interested in what they say; they have a simple way of putting things - child-like and teachable. I am not presuming to teach this time, but am an inquirer. Would Mr. Douge, who, I understand, has charge of the Boston Public Garden, or some correspondent, give a short sketch of the shape of beds, the kind of material used, color of flowers and leaves, and how they are arranged in the beds? My reasons for making these inquiries are, a gentleman here of means, who visits New York and Boston yearly, possesses an Eden of beauty, in summer especially, and beds out some fifteen thousand plants, more or less, speaks of the Boston Public Garden as praiseworthy. The same gentleman terms me his gardener, therefore I kindly ask for this information.
I have no doubt it would be instructive and interesting to others, who are situated as I am with neither spare time or means to go so far to see it."