This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The English papers tell us that " on Saturday, May 1st, the Rev. Canon Farrar preached a "flower" sermon at the Slough parish church, at which about 1000 children, chiefly belonging to the parochial schools, were present. Every child brought a nosegay of flowers, and at the close of the service these were deposited on the steps of the chancel, the offerings being intended for the children who are inmates of the Westminster Hospital. The children of the Duke of St. Albans were among those who brought bouquets. The flowers formed a large bank and completely scented the chancel of the church. They were afterwards taken to London by Canon Farrar, and occupied several large packages. The Canon selected his text from Matthew vi., 26, "Consider the Lilies of the field, how they grow".