This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
We find the following in the Country Gentleman: During a recent visit to this celebrated nursery at Flushing, Long-Island, we observed many objects .of interest. It is well known as one of the best in this country. It occupies about one hundred acres of land. A larger portion than in most nurseries is devoted to ornamental trees, evergreens, etc. There is a propagating house 100 feet long, and several thousand feet of cold frames and pits, belonging to the hardy department; in addition to which there is a grapery 120 feet long; a house 40 feet long and 20 wide for stove plants and orchids; one for rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias, 100 feet long, and another for camellias exclusively, the same length; one for Ericas, Epacris, Borronias, Aphelexis, and New Holland plants, 100 feet long; another of the same length for geraniums, roses, and calceolarias; one of 50 feet for acacias, daphnes, and green-house plants; and one 40 feet for bulbs. Connected with this department there is a 100 feet propagating house, and about 400 running feet of brick and stone cold pits.
These structures and the open ground contain perhaps the largest collections of Rhododendrons, Stoartias, Andromeda arborea, etc, in this country; The cultivation of rare plants, and those of difficult propagation, distinguishes this establishment; and we observed that the grafting of evergreens was conducted with great success. We observed in flower the "Lilium giganteum" a new plant from the Himalayan mountains - so far as we are aware, the first that has bloomed in this country. The stem grows rapidly, was about seven feet high, and the flowers, of which there were several, were seven or eight inches long, funnel shaped, yellowish white, and streaked inside with dark purple. The leaves are cordate. It is a cold green-house plant of easy culture; the bulb of this was three years old.