This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The Rural New Yorker of April 23, has a portrait and sketch of the life and services of Mr. C. M. Hovey. He was born at Cambridgeport, Mass., on the 26th of October, 1810. Quite early in life, he and his brother started a small nursery, and in 1834, the seed business in Boston. In 1840, the ground for the present nursery at Cambridge was bought. Mr. Hovey has always been fond of improving fruits and flowers. Camellias, lilies and strawberries especially, have made his name famous. Hovey's seedling was raised from seed sown in 1833, and was the first solid result in this direction. Hovey's Magazine of Horticulture long the only and very worthy representative of American Horticulture, was founded in 1835, and which he edited with marked ability for thirty-four years. He was President of the Mass. Horticultural Society for three years, and the famous Horticultural Hall, costing $104,680 was built during his presidency.
Mr. Hovey, though now in his seventy-first year, is still hale and hearty, and in the great gathering at the pomological meeting this autumn will receive the congratulations of hundreds from many parts of the country who have been benefited by his many years of disinterested labor in their cause.