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.
By Emily Faith-full. New York: Fowler and Wells Company.
Miss Faithfull is well known in connection with many good deeds for the elevation of women, and the good of humanity in general. Her visits to this country were mainly in connection with this - her life-long work. But like many other travelers, she has been induced to give her impressions; and like all other travelers, her impressions are drawn from the people she chanced to meet, or the spots she chanced to eye, as she glanced from her car windows.
Every now and then it is easy to see that her impressions are drawn from exaggerated specimens; and not unfrequently the illustrations of peculiarities she found in our country, she might still more strongly have marked in her own. A large number of people she met and names in her book as the people she derived her impressions from, are by no means people whom Americans themselves would select as representatives. It is, however, quite as fairly a written book as any one can expect one educated as Miss Faithfull has been, to give of a country like this, where education has had far less to do with moulding national character than the actual necessities which have surrounded the people.
It is rather a surprise that one brought up as she says she was as a country girl, and with little city learning, should have seen nothing in American gardening, or in American scenery to attract especial attention. She got a new desire to live from the atmosphere of the Rocky Mountains, and she tells us in a dozen lines that she drove through Golden Gate Park at San Francisco. However, she gives much information about the Pomological and silk culture industries of the Pacific coast, that will be read with great interest in her own home. And, indeed, when we remember that the book was intended to enlighten her own country men and country women concerning America, it is a comfort to know that though so much more might have been said to our advantage, had she had the opportunity to circulate generally among the people in her own way, there is nothing that will do us any harm; while the numerous Americans who will like to know what this estimable lady has told her country people about us, will find nothing but good will and good intentions in every line, and from very many of her reflections and suggestions we may find much to profit us.