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.
Alan W. Corson, the oldest nurseryman in Pennsylvania, died at his home in Wliitemarsh, on the 21st of June in his 95th year. Like many of the famous botanists of Pennsyl vania, he was self-taught in the science, or rather taught by nature with whom they were so ardently in love. He was a contemporary of William Bartram, John Evans, and other well known botanists and horticulturists, all of whom he has so long survived. For a long time Alan Corson's nursery was the only place within many a long mile where trees could be bought. His botanical zeal led him to obtain every thing that could be had, and amongst these many were thus introduced which proved of immense service to horticulturists. Innumerable rare trees and plants are found in old gardens within fifty or sixty miles of his home, of which few now know their history, but which owed their existence to Corson's nursery. Singularly modest and unassuming, he never sought any credit for the good he did, and thus to-day very few know of the great value of his service in his day and generation. His knowledge of the botany of his district was so complete, that when any question arouse among the younger folks, a proposition to submit the matter to Alan Corson, was sure to receive unanimous approbation.
The love of flowers both botanically and horticulturally, is wide-spread in the country bordering on Corson's home. Many of these flower lovers would be regarded as botanists in other lands. A large number of these date the great pleasure they have had in life to the teaching and influence of this remarkable man.