I have endeavored in writing "Gardening for Pleasure," to divest it, as far as I was competent to do so, of the technical terms and phrases which professional gardeners use in writing or talking on matters relating to horticulture; and to use the plainest language at my command in describing the simplest methods of culture. Whether I have succeeded in making the subject as clear as I have desired to do, those who read the work must decide.
My aim in writing the book was to make it such as would be useful to the occupant of a city lot, or to the possessor of a few window plants, as well as to the owner of a country residence that is fully appointed in all matters relating to the cultivation of flowers, fruits, and vegetables. The necessity for such a book has been made evident to me by the inquiries from hundreds of amateurs in gardening; inquiries to many of which neither of my previous works, ("Gardening for Profit," or "Practical Floriculture,") furnished proper replies; the one being written mainly for information of the vegetable market gardener, and the other for the commercial florist.
Jersey City, N. J., Oct, 1875.