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.
An English lady, after a trip in late autumn through this beautiful district of Massachusetts, writes : " I have just returned from a most delightful trip (principally by carriage and horses) through the Berkshire Hills. The beauty of the country reminded us constantly of England, and the wild asters by the roadside, in such a wonderful variety of color, delighted us. It seems to me that large beds of them - in public parks, etc., in the autumn - would be very attractive. I am in some perplexity as to whether a profusion of straight-stemmed plants, covered with blue flowers, are gentians or penstemons. If gentians, they do not much resemble their Carolina cousins, and are certainly far more lovely. I found them between Pittsfield and Lenox, growing on the hillsides, while our gentians have the deep shade of swamp land".