This section is from the book "The Florist And Garden Miscellany". Also see: All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!.
I feel confident that I shall confer a great pleasure on all who cultivate or who admire the Camellia, by making known to them, through the Florst, the illustrated work now in the course of publication by Mr. Alexander Verschaffet of Ghent. As he is considered to be the most extensive cultivator of Camellias on the continent, to him rightly belongs the honour of editing the work it is proposed briefly to notice.
It is published in monthly issues, each number containing four plates of Camellias, with descriptive letter-press; twelve numbers forming the yearly half-volume, while twenty-four numbers, or the numbers of two years, constitute the volume. The work will be completed in five volumes; it being proposed to give plates of 500 of the most beautiful, or new, or perfect kinds of Camellias.
It is scarcely possible, great as is the art of flower-painting in England, for any thing to exceed the style and beauty, and what is of yet greater moment, the truthfulness of the plates. The letterpress is confined to a full description of the flower, the habit of the plant, and its history; as, by whom, the period, and the manner in which the variety was obtained, or raised and introduced. Such a work as this confers vast advantages on those who cultivate, or who may wish to cultivate, the Camellia, inasmuch as it presents to the view all the most beautiful and desirable sorts; so that the amateur is hereby enabled to make his selection as well as if he were at the trouble and expense of making a personal inspection. As Mr. Verschaffelt possesses, perhaps, every known variety of this flower, he necessarily has the opportunity of bringing out such a work as none other could have, all the drawings being made from plants in flower, and under his own superintendence.
One entire volume is now completed: the monthly parts (something less than two shillings per part) are forwarded by the editor, free of charge, to any subscriber in England.
Hull, 22d March, 1850. F. R. Horner, M.D.
P.S. Would that some spirited florist, amateur or professional, could be induced to bring out a similar illustrated work on Tulips or other florist flowers ! The literary labour would be no obstacle, as it is merely descriptive of the flower: accuracy of description would be the only requisite.