This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The Massachusetts Horticultural Society sustains a severe loss in the death of this gentleman, who was serving his fifth term as its President. He died at his Boston residence on the 20th of September, in the sixty-fifth year of his age. He was a lawyer by profession, but his large fortune was accumulated chiefly in railroad enterprises. Besides the great attention he gave to these interests, he devoted a good portion of his spare time to public affairs, and at the time of his death was the candidate of the Republican party of his section for the United States Congress. Horticulture was his recreation, and both his residences, in the city and at Lexington, were models of good taste. The Lexington estate comprised about 400 acres. At the time of his death he was engaged in building a costly cottage from native stone, chiefly to show its great fitness for architectural work, and which was located so as to exactly overlook the spot on which was shed the first blood offered up in sacrifice for American Independence. His conservatory was probably one of the largest and finest in New England, and was built on the promise of Col. Wilder that he would spare him one-half of his magnificent collection, and thus perpetuate what perhaps the growth of Boston would probably some time drive away.
His management of the Horticultural Society was eminently successful, his term as President having been longer than any but the eight years of Col. Wilder's. Col. Wilder passed his eighty-sixth birthday on the 22d of September, a few days after the death of what must seem to him a young friend. Mr. J. B. Moore, of Concord, has been elected to the vacant Presidency.