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.
Died at St. Clare, near Ryde, Isle of Wight, England, on the 26th of October, Mr. Edward Meehan, father of the Editor of the Gardener's Monthly, in his 86th year. He was born in 1798, at Carrick-on-Suir, in Ireland, his father dying a few months after he was born. He was taken to raise by an uncle, a gardener, named Heffernan; while as he grew up another uncle, a well-to-do merchant of Car-rick-on-Suir, took on himself the task of giving him a first-class education. When old enough to judge for himself he chose his uncle Heffer-nan's profession, and was put as an apprentice for five years with the gardener of Sir Thomas Osborn, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. His uncle having moved to London as gardener to Lady Whitbread at Gore House, the boy followed and took a course at nursery work with Watson of St. Albans, and Oxley & Bunney of the Islington Nurseries. From there, though still young, he obtained the position of second gardener in the establishment of Mrs. Barrinot, of which then famous establishment he subsequently became the chief.
Marrying here Sarah Denham, one of an old and well-known family of Barnet, he started a large florist's establishment in the Regent's Park, one of the most aristocratic portions of London, but unfortunately too large for his capital, and the end of it was that he returned to his old position in Oxley & Bunney's nursery from whence he removed to the Isle of Wight, where for nearly half a century he had the sole charge of the Isle of Wight property of Earl Vernon or (by the subsequent death of the male representative of the ancient Earldom of Harcourt) Vernon-Harcourt.
The strongest trait in Mr. Meehan's character was a thorough devotion to whatever he undertook to do, and a determination to thoroughly understand even the minutest details of his work. Young as he was when in charge of the Barrinot establishment, the place became famous for the successful cultivation of the Grape and the Pineapple. He was a zealous student of Botany - and a great admirer especially of the Linnaean system to the last. By its aid he obtained a knowledge of nearly every British plant known in his time - and it was extremely rare that any cultivated plant could be brought to his attention, with the name and history of which he was unacquainted.
His devotion to principle was most remarkable, and led to the erection in the town of Ryde of one of the most beautiful and costly public edifices, by the Countess of Clare, in admiration, as the Isle of Wight Observer states in its remarks on Mr. Meehan's career, of his persevering en thusiasm in its cause.
The esteem in which he was held by his employers was well evinced by the will of Lady Catherine Vernon Harcourt, in which he was retired from actual service with full salary, and other testimonials of her regard - and the will of Colonel Francis Vernon Harcourt who died the following year, leaving him a testimonial in the shape of $5,000 - while the new proprietor, Hon. Egerton Vernon Harcourt, evidenced his regard for the old family friend by appointing the younger son to succeed his father in the management of the estate.