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.
Mr. Barry, in his address to the Nurserymen's Convention at Rochester, believes that the reason so many nurserymen fail, is from a want of perception of the actual cost of raising trees, taken from an average of years. He says :
"The parks, cemeteries, pleasure grounds, public and private, everywhere give evidence of the nurseryman's skill, industry and enterprise Much more I might say in this line for the nurserymen. How will it be in the future? Will they do as well? I hope they will. They should do even better, and they will do better, provided the profits of their business will place in their hands the necessary means. I have some fears for the future - perhaps they are not well-grounded. For several years past the profits have been small, if any - indeed, it has been for many hard work to keep their heads above water, in spite of hard work and rigid economy. The cost of labor and all the materials used by the nurseries have advanced within fifteen and twenty years from twenty to fifty per cent.; while prices of trees and plants have declined in about the same ratio. This has produced a great change. I think that much stock has been sold below cost. In computing the cost of trees, a great many things must be taken into account besides the actual expense of growing the tree in the field, and I think it safe to say that most crops of trees cost at least double what they are supposed to do.
It is necessary to look at the result of several years and several crops, the failures must be reckoned in as well as the successes. I think this is a matter of vital importance to the trade, and I trust it will receive due consideration".