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.
Victoria is the smallest of the Australian Colonies, but a very progressive one. The beautiful botanic garden at Melbourne is regarded as one of its greatest attractions. It comprises eighty-three acres. In its early history it was devoted chiefly to botanical work, and made for itself a famous name in this connection all over the world. In later times horticultural features have been added, which make the gardens especially popular with the Melbourne people.
In a recent account we note that they use in this garden as a lawn grass, Stenotaphrum glabrum, which they call "Buffalo grass," and praise it highly. It makes dense masses of grass which do not dry out in the hottest weather. This would not thrive above the frost line, but it might be very valuable in the Southern States. The United States Department of Agriculture had recently much criticism bestowed on it, because it distributed these seeds as "the Buffalo grass ;" Buffalo grass in America being Buchloe dactyloides. But it is merely another case of trouble from the reckless coining of popular names. If General Le Due had put "of Australia" after Buffalo grass he would have saved his skin from the lash of the critics. That excellent Botanist, Baron Von Mueller, has charge of the Botanical Museum at Melbourne; Mr. Guilfoyle is Director of the garden.