This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
By Charles W. Garfield, Secretary of the State Horticultural Society. This should have been entitled Michigan Pomology, for it deals with this single branch of horticulture. It shows a wonderful advance in fruit culture in the State, and how well the State is adapted to fruit growing. Mr. Garfield concludes his able remarks by observing :
"Michigan has a motto upon her coat of arms, Si quoeris peninsulum amoenam circumspice - If you wish to see a beautiful peninsula, look about you. That is no flaming advertisement of exaggerated proportions, but is a simple introduction to those who enter our borders, the apparently complimentary language of which is found by every visitor to be a truthful statement.
"The old derisive songs that told of ague, marshes, rattlesnakes and wolverines as the natural products of Michigan, are not sung any more ; and none visit the peninsular State who do not go away with pleasant accounts of her climate, soil, productions and people".