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.
The position of the proficient and amateur, may be said to be correlative, and each, to a certain extent, necessary to the success of the other, whatever their profession or calling; and thus each may be materially benefited as well as assisted in the accomplishment of the desires and aims suited to their particular spheres of action; the former ripe with knowledge and justly anticipating, though not always securing pecuniary recompense in a ratio equal to the persevering and enterprising efforts often made through a long series of years, by investigation, study and practice; while the latter is apparently, with a youthful vigor and praiseworthy zeal, endeavoring to attain strength and manhood more for gratification than emolument, and often with a generous inclination enters the ranks with a determined energy worthy of notice and imitation. It will not then, from this inference, be difficult to understand the position of either the proficient or amateur, and the public being placed in juxtaposition with both; the machinery is before us, and whatever results may be anticipated will depend upon its perfect working.
It may be asked by some, how in the personal absence of the proficient, can his services best be secured in the case of horticulture and its concomitant branches? The answer is, through the press; let us encourage it, be co-workers one with another, and let the streams of knowledge, gushing forth from the fountain heads, be made accessible to all. We now come more directly to the point we wish to impress upon the reader's mind, and that is, to encourage a desire in public estimation, by more strenuous efforts for the onward march of horticulture, etc, by a full dissemination of its literature, public discussions, meetings, and shows, and so managed as to fix an interest that shall not flag, thus bringing to the cause many thousands who are now indifferent to its importance and value as a delightful study; for what else can ensure gratification and pleasure so diversified and elevating in all that is good and noble during our leisure- hours, and which would be a sure step to eradicate that ennui too often existing in portions of the community, and not only have a tendency to relieve the mind from the burdens of every day life, make us more domesticated and less liable to give way to assumed, unsubstantial pleasures, so eagerly seized to "drive dull care away".
Proficients, let your motto be to encourage the amateur; and the amateur to interest his neighbors, let what may present itself to the discouragement of either, and you will be public benefactors.
May the year 1859 be signalized by the commencement of a new era in the tendency to promote a general study of Nature's wondrous works in this direction, and thus help to make "Earth an Eden!".