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 Colonel Marshall P. Wilder. It is surprising what a wonderful amount of work Colonel Wilder has done for one of his years. The writer of this was talking of Colonel Wilder with the venerable General Patterson a short time before his death, and happened to say he was about entering his eighty-third year. "Oh! nonsense," remarked the General, "tell him he is but a boy compared with me." One might surely think Mr. Wilder was nearer the boy than the patriarch judging by the work which he does. Here before us is a pamphlet of eighty-eight pages, giving a history of Horticulture about Boston and vicinity from its first settlement to the present time, and which must have cost a great amount of research to say nothing of mental labor. Governor Endicott bought. 250 acres of land for 500 apples trees in 1648. The first colonists under Governor Win-throp had fruit-seeds of all kinds, as part of their cargo. This is among the first facts dwelt on by Mr. Wilder, and he goes on through all the records that can be obtained to the present day. All the public spirited citizens of Boston, and not merely those devoted to horticulture, should be proud of this work.
It makes a valuable chapter in Boston's local history, one that will be the more valuable with every year that rolls over it; and the city may well be as proud of this one of its merchant princes, as horticulturists everywhere are to have him in their ranks.