This section is from the book "The Gardener V3", by William Thomson. Also available from Amazon: The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener.
THE nature of the new arrangements which have been made in regard to the editorial management of the 'Gardener' was shadowed forth in the November issue. With the present number commences that joint occupation in the work of conducting the magazine which has been intrusted to us by the Proprietors. Working in perfect harmony, and with the utmost desire to discharge our duties to the best of our ability, we take this opportunity of expressing our mutual desire that the 'Gardener' may continue to be received as a familiar friend; and also the hope that in the future, as in the past, it will be found so replete with useful and unassuming information as to render its monthly visit an event to be anticipated with eagerness and realised with sincere pleasure. The nature of the matter we shall lay before our readers from time to time will be ample, varied, and capable of being readily comprehended; and being supplied by successful growers, or selected from the best authorities on all subjects - whether of fruits, flowers, plants, or vegetables - will, it is hoped, tend to make the 'Gardener' of value as a book of reference; whilst, by truthful descriptions of the novelties each season produces, the amateur will be much assisted in selecting any additions he may require.
As a medium of communication, it is earnestly desired that our pages may be largely used by cultivators in every department of horticulture, as well as of every rank and station therein. To this end a liberal correspondence is invited; and under the head of 'Notes and Queries' we hope to open up a feature that shall prove one of the most interesting to our general readers; and every facility will be afforded for useful and temperate discussion.
Earnestly believing that "the study and culture of flowers and fruit, plants and vegetables, exercises an important influence on the education and wellbeing of the people - that it teaches, refines, and elevates in proportion as the results of skilful practice and the power given to man to ameliorate and develop new things in nature are successively demonstrated - and that it largely promotes the material comforts of mankind," - the Editors will endeavour, with sincere earnestness of purpose, to make their conduct of the 'Gardener' an illustration of this belief, and the work itself a worthy advocate of the cause it was originated to serve.