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.
It cannot any longer be said that our Government is indifferent to the progress of fruit culture and arboriculture. Great quantities of Prune scions (it is not said what sort) have been imported and are to be distributed in such parts of the country as the Curculio does not visit, for the purpose of encouraging the culture of that fruit on a scale sufficiently extensive to supply home consumption. An excellent idea; let us have plenty of Prunes.
Then again, we are to grow our own Cork. The Washington Union says that a hop-head of acorns of the Cork Oak (Quereus suber) have been imported from the south of Europe and distributed in the Middle and Southern States for experiment.
One thing we should like to know in regard to this matter, and that is, who has suggested and conducted these national enterprizes. We hope the head of the National Agricultural Society will be consulted hereafter, for the Government has done some very foolish things on this subject of distributing seeds, and always will do so until some capable person directs it. We have seen bundles of perfect trash sent out, year after year, as novelties, from the Patent Office. If our Government really desires to encourage experiments in this way, it should at once found a national experimental farm and garden, and place them in charge of men competent to direct and manage them in such a way as to he not only useful hut cred-itable to the country. Until this is done, the people should protest against money being foolishly squandered, as it has been for a number of years. Why will not the agricultural press take up this matter and agitate it thoroughly. We clip the following items from Washington papers: