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 public gardens at Fairmount Park, the Zoological Society, and other places in Philadelphia, are open on Sunday without objection from the most fastidious observer of the Sabbath so far as we know; and it seems strange that any objection should be entertained elsewhere. Judging by an observation before the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, the practice is not general. Mr. J. G. Barker said, "that the experiment tried last year, of opening Forest Hill Cemetery to all on Sunday, had proved successful. The same had been done at Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn, of which he is superintendent, and no injury had resulted." In Philadelphia the saloons would only be too glad to get the husband and father, could he not go to the public gardens with his wife and little ones.