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.
The writer once heard a bank officer say, "I am surprised at the extent of this business; I thought it was but a tup-penny sort of a thing, and wondered where the profits could come out of a few five-cent pot plants." This has been a popular impression. Even hosts of nurserymen have no conception of the vast extent and importance to the community of their own business. It is estimated that the railroads alone carry forty millions of dollars' worth of nursery products over their lines every year. To show just what the nursery business is and the claim it has to intelligent recognition from the community, is one of the leading objects of this association. To say that the Dayton meeting made a great stride towards carrying these points is but a partial tribute to its success.
One of the leading topics of discussion was how to make the railroad companies pay that respect to the business which its great importance deserved. The delays and vexatious rules to which many companies subject it, were freely exposed. One party in the convention seemed to think nothing could be done with the present organizations, and could see no remedy but in the United States Government taking possession of the whole thing, as it now does the post-office. Another party thought this was going out of the frying-pan into the fire, as the government was not responsible for any losses, and any increase in the army of office-holders was always a fearful thing to contemplate. The majority of the meeting seemed to think that the best way to remedy the evil was to collect exact statistics of the immense amount of capital invested in the nursery trade, when, armed with the exact facts, a committee of the body would be more likely to meet with respectful attention than while the corporations looked on the nursery trade as little more than dealers in five-cent pot plants.
The chief objection to this suggestion came from those who wanted "something done now," and who believed a mere resolution of condemnation from the meeting, without waiting for the collection of the facts, would be all that was needed.
Mr. Wm. C. Barry, of Rochester, was elected President for the next term amidst great enthusiasm, and the next meeting voted to be held there.