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.
These gardens, under the able management of Dr. Joseph Hooker, Director, and Mr. John Smith, Curator, have become the pride of the great mass of English people, and the admiration of the world. Even the French, close neighbors of the English, are moved to desire something as grand and as useful. At a recent meeting of the Societe' Nationale d'Horticulture de France, the subject was discussed, and M. Ch. Joly concluded an excellent address on the subject by remarking that if the French people were like those of London, to wake up to the wonderful resources offered by the collections gathered together in their Jardin des Plantes at Paris, their garden might also be among the admirations of the world.
But to our mind the Paris garden is not as well situated to attract as the Kew garden is. The latter is far in the suburbs, and offers a fine holiday excursion; and, besides, the Hookers - father and son - have had the good sense to unite a certain measure of horticultural attraction to pure scientific features, and in this way all classes of the public feel themselves interested in its support. This can scarcely be done in the Paris garden, and it will always be against its friendly competition with the Kew institution.