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 American Farmer, of Baltimore, gives in its April number a portrait and sketch of the life of this gentleman, whose great services to American botany and gardening have not received near the recognition they are entitled to. He was born at Ayr, in Scotland, in 1810; studied botany and gardening so assiduously that at eighteen he was head gardener to Sir John Maxwell. He was a friend of Tweedie, and raised the seeds of his Buenos Ayrean plants, amongst them Verbena Tweediana, which was afterwards sent out by Mr. Brackenridge's friend, Mr. Robert Buist. As a landscape gardener, his work on the estate of Count Ebors, in Poland, was very successful. He left the Berlin Botanical Garden for Philadelphia as foreman to Mr. Buist, from whence he went as botanist to the famous Wilkes' Exploring Expedition. His splendid work on the ferns of the expedition was one of the most magnificent ever gotten out by the United States government, but were burned when ready for distribution; only a dozen advance copies or so being saved.
The living plants collected on this expedition began the United States Botanic Garden at Washington. Mr. Brackenridge succeeded A. J. Downing, and finished his work as landscape gardener of the Smithsonian grounds, and has since settled down as a nurseryman at Baltimore. That his days may be long in the land is the earnest wish of all who know him.