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.
Mr. William N. White, of Athens, Georgia, one of the esteemed correspondents of the Horticulturist, has written, and C. M. Saxton & Co., of New York, have published, a very clever book with the above title, which we desire to make fully known in the large section of country for which it is designed. It is an able manual, with directions for a practitioner in the kitchen and fruit garden, together with hints upon landscape and flower gardening. Mr. White is a practical man, and his book is evidence that he knows what he inculcates; if it is well studied and followed, it will prove a blessing to a land where some climatic influences should be counteracted which render the northern books unsuited to the wants of the learner. We hope to see many editions of this work, because it fully deserves a large popularity.
A lady in Lake City, Fla., has growing in her garden a genuine cork tree thirty feet high, the bark on which is sufficiently thick to make bottle corks. There is also in the same garden a genuine black pepper bush, which yields regularly a full crop of berries.
Erfurt is called the " Garden City of Germany." The area devoted to horticulture in and around that city is 1,200 acres, of which 400 are market gardens. There are twenty-seven men who do a wholesale trade, besides 120 market gardeners, who employ, in all, over 500 hands. Over 800,000 catalogues and price lists are annually printed.
The Irish Potato is a profitable early crop on Charleston Nook. On one farm of ten acres, there were raised 1,050 bbls., which sold at an average of $5 per bbl., or $5,250 for this small farm. Another farmer realizes $15,000 annually from his potatoes only, having as much more land in other vegetables.
A correspondent of the Western Rural says: - The gardening business is becoming yearly of greater and greater interest in and about Chicago. The German gardeners are paying as high as $1,500 per acre for land for gardening purposes. For twelve miles or more out, the country about Chicago is being utilized for gardening purposes. This is more surely profitable than laying land off into suburban towns. Experiments in steam gardening are continually being pushed, and seems to promise success. Spring "garden truck" is grown in this way in advance even of the season in the Gulf States. The proprietor of the first steam garden is so well pleased with his experimental results that he intends enclosing three acres for next winter.
The editor of the Practical Farmer, Wm. S. King, accompanied the Massachusetts Horticultural Society's Committee on Gardens, in their official visits, and has made some free and easy notes and comments on what he saw. We copy the following account of the garden of Mr. Austin - Black Wart, Pear Trees, &c.
Children's gardens are now the fashion in Germany, and have been successfully introduced into London. A practical guide to the English Kintergarten, has been issued by the "Council of Education," and a monthly journal was commenced in May last by Mr. and Mrs. Ronge, who have established an institution for the training of teachers, young ladies, and nurses; their form of education is introduced into the wealthy families in aristocratic quarters. Nothing could promise better both for youth and age.
California is determined to exceed every other section of the Union in the size of its fruits, etc. At the last annual exhibition, they record a Duchesse Pear, weighing two and three-quarter pounds, a beet, weighing one hundred and three pounds, and a cabbage, fifty.