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.
"Boston" says: '"I notice that Mr. Wilder in his last address before the American Pomological Society, has deprecated the use of long and vulgar names for new fruits and plants, and instances, among others, the prefix of 'President,' 'Colonel,' 'General,' etc. This is very well, and we have President Wilder Strawberry, when Wilder would have been as honorable, much shorter, and as well. Lately I notice that a member of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society has named a new pear ' President Clarke.' A gentlemen once conversing with me frequently spoke of what ' President Walker' said and did. In the spirit of inquiry I observed that I did not know that we ever had a president by that name. O,' said he, 'I mean President Walker of Harvard College.' I, of course, stood informed. When a man reaches the presidency of the United States there may be some reason for applying the term ' President' to his name, but here it should stop, as the minor and local presidents are too numerous for particular designation".
[We doubt whether it is worth while in these days to have President attached to the name of a fruit, though it should be George Washington himself. Life is continually growing shorter for work as the world of progress runs, and the time is not distant when even those people with long surnames will petition legislatures to get them changed. The time it takes a fellow to remember the polysyllabic names he hears in society is ail a loss to humanity. Hundreds of us every day are envying those who are simply Smith and Jones, and it is no wonder these simple named creatures are so proverbially numerous. This is the reason they are so numerous. The hard names have died out from sheer inability on the part of their descendants to remember them, and these unfortunates naturally fall into the class of Smith or Jones. Whoever heard of a hard name that could count its thousands in a city directory? You will find a hundred Browns, Whites, or Blacks, for every Knickerbocker or Kilmanseg. If the introducer of a new fruit or flower does not want it to die an untimely death let its name be short and sweet, whether it honors anybody or not. - Ed. G. M].
In Reply to John Wooding's Letter, Headed " Skilful Culture of the Chrysanthemum," - Mr. Stewart, gardener to Mr. B. Bullock, writes: "The chrysanthemums that I exhibited at Horticultural Hall were all pot-grown and were not started with the intention of showing them, but merely for the purpose of furnishing cut flowers for my employers. They were propagated in March, 1883, and three of the most prominent commercial florists in Philadelphia and suburbs had the pleasure of seeing them in different stages of growth, and at the solicitations of these gentlemen I sent them to the exhibition, where, in the opinion of the judges, they did their share toward making.the exhibition a success. I consider that you, Mr. Editor, have done the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society a great injury by endorsing such a letter, without having had opinions from competent persons".
[Mr. Wooding merely offered an opinion that the plants were not pot-grown. As we understood him, he did not suggest that there was anything wrong in such a method of culture, or in exhibiting plants so grown; but he thought that if skill in pot culture was the object of a premium, and not merely a fine plant in a pot, there ought to be separate items in a schedule for them. It was this suggestion that we endorsed, and we endorse it still. The fact that Mr. Wooding may have been honestly mistaken in regarding these as open-ground plants is altogether another matter. - Ed. G. M].