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.
A couple of years ago a Cincinnati correspondent called attention in the Gardeners' Monthly to the great value of the leaves of Mahonia for floral decoration. Very little use seems to have been made of this suggestion in our country. But in Europe they have taken up the idea, and the past season chrysanthemum flowers, with a leaf of Mahonia around them were the most popular ornaments for ladies' dresses, head adornments, and for buttonhole bouquets for gentlemen among the fashionable people of England.