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.
While we are waiting to know of a certainty whether the truffle has been found in the Atlantic portion of the United States, and are rather inclined to decide that they have not, they have certainly turned up in California. Dr. H. W. Harkness, a distinguished mycologist of San Francisco, exhibited some at a recent meeting of the Academy of Sciences there. This is therefore beyond doubt.
These are the epithets the Gardener's Chronicle uses in a paragraph replying to the complaint of "a swindled one" who invested twenty-five cents in response to an offer of one hundred seeds for that small sum. It happened that the purchaser got the one hundred seeds, but not the expected one hundred kinds. It appears the buyer expected to get something for nothing, - but nothing for something was the result, and then he appealed for newspaper sympathy, with the result above hinted at.
It may be worth recording that the first apple tree was raised at Fort Vancouver in 1826. It is said that the tree is still standing there.
Mrs. Jeannie C. Carr says that the early Spanish discoverers found gardens of unsurpassed beauty in portions of the New World. The Aztecs of Mexico were enthusiastic gardeners, and traces of their work have been found among the ruins of their villages.
The Lin-nean Society, of London, has a limited number of foreign associates, of whom Dr. Engelmann was one. On the first of May Dr. Schwendener, of Berlin, was elected to the vacated honor.
The nurseries of this well-known and estimable firm have now been established at Davenport, Iowa, twenty-six years, and at the present time occupy 140 acres.
The sympathy of the whole horticultural community will be extended to the venerable gentleman whose name heads this paragraph, in the loss of his son and namesake, M. P. Wilder, Jr., whose death occurred the 7th of June. He was a young gentleman who promised to worthily succeed to the name and to the virtues of his distinguished parent. He had been in declining health for some time, and his death was not wholly unexpected.
Mr. Charles Joly has given the French people an admirable essay on the horticultural products of France, in connection with the question of imports and exports. He refers, during his remarks, to the example of the United States, which, during the months of October and November last year, sent to Liverpool alone about 200,000 barrels of apples. England also, he says, deserves some claim to being a fruit cultural country, having 187,552 acres devoted to the purpose.