Less than a year ago Messrs. Cassell and Company honoured me with a request to prepare a concise book on plain, practical gardening.
Within a month the last sheet of matter was in their hands; within two a first edition of 3,000 copies was exhausted. This little tour deforce in horticultural literature was followed by a shoal of letters asking that the new lines adopted in "Pictorial Practical Gardening" should be applied to special subjects, and "Pictorial Practical Fruit Growing" is the first outcome.
In my first book on gardening I introduced the system first initiated by me in the weekly horticultural paper, The Gardener, of substituting a set of illustrations, grouped in a convenient way and with a sufficiency of explanatory matter, for the long, wearisome, and not very clear articles to which gardening readers had been accustomed. The instantaneous success which followed satisfied me that I had been fortunate enough to meet a real public requirement In the present work I have consequently proceeded on the same lines.
The Journal of Horticulture described "Pictorial Practical Gardening" as a "marvel of logical arrangement and concentrated knowledge." I have used my best endeavours to make "Pictorial Practical Fruit Graying" not wholly unworthy of the same high and generous praise. No verbose, prolix, and turgid chapters of instructions will be found in it, but each set of illustrations will be found to be a chapter in itself, at once as simple, concise, and clear as I could make it.
That large section of the public which buys books on practical gardening does not want fine writing either from me or anybody else; it wants plain teaching. In this book I have not sought to eclipse any of our great writers; I have merely tried to give the people what they want.
Walter P. Wright.