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.
W. Kite, Germantown, says: "I see in thy Monthly some notices of willow trees. If it will be of interest I can tell of one.
" In the yards back of the old mansions on the north side of Chestnut street, grew many fine old trees. One of them was called Franklin's willow - a stately tree of say eighteen inches girth, (diameter ? - Ed.) - sixty-five years ago when I used to see it daily. I had it from my grandparents that Franklin did plant it. The usual story of the osier basket and the green twig was attached to the history of this tree. It was as handsome a weeping willow as one often sees".