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.
John Tradescant. after whom the Tradescantia was named, was gardener to King Charles. He is said to have founded the first English museum, and one of the first English botanic gardens. His house is still standing in South Lambeth, London. Part has been torn down, and the garden is advertized to be "sold in lots to suit purchasers."
The London Standard concluding a sorrowful editorial on the fact, remarks that it does "not regret that the Smithsonian Institution has its home in a more sympathetic part of the world." But alas! we cannot accept the compliment without a blush; for is not the Bartram Garden in the same predicament? It will be sold " in lots to suit purchasers," and it will not be long before the famous house, which, with his own hands he built, will be torn down. It might be, that Americans who have so often gone wild with pride when the name of Bartram has been mentioned with so much honor in foreign lands, might raise a few thousand dollars to do honor to the "land of the Smithsonian," and preserve at least the house from destruction. But in view of the poor results in similar cases, we hesitate to make even the suggestion.