This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V29", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The English papers complain that by reason of the more even distribution of wealth, the number of first-class places capable and willing to employ the highly educated gardeners of older times, are rapidly declining, and that numbers of the best gardeners are looking for employment in other fields. At one time to be a gentleman's gardener, was about the best course for a person of moderate means to rise in the intelligent social scale. Now they become engineers, physicians, clerks, and with these numerous channels open to them in increasing opportunities, the fading opportunities for advancement through gardening, offer little attraction. Commercial gardening offers some inducements yet for talent, but the fear is that when all horticulturists come to include chiefly those who have something to sell, where will the buyers be? The conclusion a recent intelligent writer reaches, is, that even those whose only interest in horticulture is the commercial one, should at least interest themselves in promoting the love of gardening, for its own sake, amongst others.