There are so many books on Roses in existence that the only excuses for writing another likely to find acceptance with the public are (1) that it is a great deal better than existing ones, or (2) very different in point of style.
To plead No. 1 would be the height of presumption, considering the eminence of the several rosarians whose names are familiar as writers, but with No. 2 I may stand a chance.
This book is one of a series having as its chief feature practical and pictorial illustration.
There were many books on fruit in existence before "Pictorial Practical Fruit Growing" was written, but it was fortunate enough to find favour, largely, perhaps, on account of its distinct style.
The leading idea of the series was, and is, to put concise illustrated directions in the place of long-winded verbal descriptions, which often convey nothing.
I have ventured to call this horticultural instruction in tabloids.
"Pictorial Practical Rose Growing" simply applies to the most popular flower of the garden a method of cultural elucidation which has won success when brought to bear on the orchard, the greenhouse, and the kitchen garden.
Walter P. Wright