In 1870 Mr. Menand purchased thirty-one acres of land near the entrance to the Rural cemetery, on which are now the residence of his son Louis, and a half dozen hot-houses. These houses are devoted mostly to the cultivation of cut flowers, roses, carnations, pansies, geraniums, etc., and have also a large number of exotics.

The cemetery branch is devoted largely to furnishing plants for decorating lots in the Rural and St. Agnes cemeteries. Among the exotics in these houses are the Sago, Australian and Brazilian palms, many varieties of the highly ornamental Japan plants, such as aralias, flax, euonymus, hydrangeas, etc.; a great variety of the Mexican agaves, including the beautiful filifera and the Verschaffelti, (which bloomed the past season with a flowering spike fourteen feet high) and an almost endless variety of other species suitable for cemetery decoration. Among the hardy foreign shrubs are many dwarf evergreens, the Abies nigra, pendula conica, the weeping birch, elm, beech, willow, etc. This house makes a specialty of these and other deciduous and herbaceous garden plants for cemetery purposes, and visitors to the cemetery readily distinguish the lots in charge of L. Menand & Sons by the beauty of this variety of plants, both for bedding purposes and for vases.

Among the flowering plants now in bloom are roses, in variety and of rare beauty, camellias, carnations, violets, Roman hyacinths, narcissus (a variety of the latter which is worshipped by the Chinese on New Year's day). One of their houses is devoted entirely to roses, and though now very beautiful, they will not be in full bloom until February. Another house is devoted entirely to carnations, another to violets, another to smilax, another to tropical plants, and others to miscellaneous plants. Their principal winter business is in furnishing cut flowers for weddings, parties, funerals, etc., and they supply a branch house in Troy where they keep a display of plants and flowers.

The following are the names of employees at the cemetery branch: L. Menand, Jr., manager; Geo. Lambrook, Jr., foreman and designer; F. Lambrook, C. Sullivan, J. Murnane, P. Maney, P. Hanan, W. Mawney. At this place in the spring and summer from ten to twenty men are employed. The following are employed at Menand Station: J. Hayes, foreman; P. Hayes, M. Flinn, T. Con-nors, M. O'Donnell. In the spring and summer about ten men are employed. Felix Menand, manager Troy branch, John Fort, clerk.