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.
We hope Col. Wilder will pardon our giving the enclosed extract from a private letter. It will, we are sure, gratify his world-wide friends to note his continued enthusiasm in horticultural pursuits: "That's right! Keep us posted in regard to men and things; all honor to the patriarchs, Freas and Buist; and, last but not least, to Meehan, the honored father of honored sons. Landreth is gone ! My old and early co-worker. I bought of him forty years ago at his home, C. Landrethi. He was my right-hand man of Philadelphia at the great exhibition of the United States Agricultural Society, in 1856. He has planted thousands of living monuments to perpetuate his memory. May his sons go and do likewise. I am glad to see that you keep the run of things about Boston. Prof. Goodale has been out twice lately to see me in regard to his fund for the botanical garden, and is getting on well. I was among the strawberry beds yesterday - over forty kinds. Some are looking splendidly: now in full bloom are Pioneer, Hervej Davis, Crescent Seedling, for early ones, are a sheet of bloom. Some of my late crosses are interesting, especially Crescent by Pioneer, Here by President Wilder, etc., etc. The new Ameri can grapes interest me much.
These I have grafted on strong old vines, which are now start ing new growth, and I shall be able to prove all of them, I think, so as to have fruit next year at the next meeting of the American Pomologica Society, which I intend to call in Boston.
Hybrid flowers. Good. ' Some awful examples now and then, to illustrate its teachings:' for in stance,gloriosa on the lily, all of which were lost during my illness, and nowhere to be found. Bad, bad, bad! They were feeble, and every year growing more so. only one having ever flowered, and all showing a want of consanguinity. But never mind, try again. Try every art. Who knows what great things may be accomplished by the use of the elements which Providence has placed in our hands for the improvement of nature?"