To speak of so popular a fruit as the Pear as neglected would perhaps be going too far, yet I cannot admit that it receives half or quarter the attention that it deserves. In view of the bold way in which Pears loom up at the great fruit shows it might be supposed that they are nearly as universal a fruit as the Apple. Nothing of the kind. Market growers ignore them almost to a man, and the average amateur often passes them by. The only place in which Pears have the position that their merits deserve is in the private garden of the country gentleman. There collections are frequently - perhaps I might go so far as to say generally - met with, the selection is good, and the culture often excellent.

To judge by the rarity of Pears in small gardens, and by the price a buyer frequently has to pay for fruit in the shops, it might be supposed that trees cost something over a guinea each, require elaborate heated structures, and call for the attention of a highly trained specialist. Of course they are in reality as cheap and as easily grown as Apples. What often happens is that a person gets possession of a tender variety like Marie Louise, grows it in the open where a searching north-easter plays sportively around it for several weeks in late spring, and finds it die from mildew. He then raises a harrowing wail, and tells his friends that Pears will not thrive in the locality.

By choosing the right type of tree, managing it on simple lines, and making a wise selection of sorts, it is possible to have a supply of delicious fruit lasting for several months, two years after planting. And, remember, that fruit will be every whit as beneficial as the Apples, perhaps even more so. There is nothing on earth better calculated to keep the system sweet and pure and healthy. Personally I would rather see a Pear dealer than a pill manufacturer become a millionaire. Forms of tree and culture have had attention; let us now give a little consideration to varieties. Naturally there are far too many. Although the happy and interested owner of a collection of fifty sorts, I rarely go into a garden where Pears are well done without seeing some variety which I do not possess, and feel envious accordingly. Here, to begin with, are the fifty:-

Fifty Good Pears


Beurre d'Amanlis.

Beurre Clairgeau.

Beurre Hardy.

Fig. 40. Pear Beurre Hardy.
Fig. 40. Pear Beurre Hardy

Beurre Superlin.

Beurre Ranee.

Beurre d'Aremberg.

Beurre Capiaumont.

Beurre de l'Assomption.

Beurre d Anjou.

Beurre Sterckmans.

Beurre Diel.

Beurre Giffard.

Triomphe de Jodoigne.

Souvenir du Congres.

Brock worth Park.

Clapp's Favourite.


Jersey Gratioli.

Ollivier de Serres.

Winter Nelis.

Bergamotte Esperen.

Citron des Cannes.


Marie Louise d'Uccle.

Doyenne du Comice.

Doyenne du Boussocli.

Marguerite Marrillat.


Nouvelle Falvie.

Louise Bonne of Jersey.

Josephine de Malines.


Fig. 39. Pear Durondeau
Fig. 39. Pear Durondeau

Uvedale's St. Germains.

Marie Benoist.

Zephirin Gregoire.



Easter Beurre.

Duchesse d'Angouleme.

Madame Treyve.


Marechal (Conseiller) de la Cour.

General Todleben.

Fondante d'Automne.

Emile d'Heyst.

Marie Louise.

Williams's Bon Chretien.

Glou Moreau.


If we add to the above the following varieties, we have the material for forming several splendid collections:-

Gansel's Bergamot.

Van Mons' Leon Leclerceq.

Hacon's Incomparable.

Pitmaston Duchess.

Passe Colmar.

Knight's Monarch.

Nec Plus Meuris.