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.
Cherry Hill Nursery, Westchester, Pa., spring of 1858. This circular embraces a long list of the best strawberry plants, priced, and trees, Osage Orange, Silver Maples, etc. etc. Joshua Hoopes, proprietor.
Descriptive Catalogue of Fruit-Trees, Evergreens, Roses, Ac etc., at the Columbus Nursery, by M. B. Bateham & Company, 1858. An admirable Catalogue, prepared by one of the best informed nurserymen of the West.
Descriptive Catalogue of Fruits, by A. Fahnestock & Sons, Toledo Nurseries, Ohio, for 1858-59. Every description of fruit that thrives in the climate is here to be found, with directions.
J. M. Thorburn & Co.'s Descriptive Catalogue of Vegetable and Agricultural Seeds, etc., Garden, Field, Fruit, Ac., to which large additions have been made, this year, of tested novelties. New York, 1858.
Descriptive Catalogue of Fruit and Ornamental Trees, Shrubs, Roses, etc. etc. For sale by Samuel Cofman, at the Spring Grove Nursery, near Carroll, Fairfield County, Ohio, for 1857 and 1858. A very full descriptive catalogue of a large and varied collection, including strawberries and the smaller fruits.
Illustrated Catalogue of Microscopes, etc. etc., for sale by James W. Queen, 924 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. Mr. Queen has a fine collection of philosophical instruments, spectacles, etc. etc. We have lately examined and tested some of his thermometers, of which he has an extraordinary variety, and found them correct. Mr. Q. has good thermometers as cheap as four dollars the dozen, very neat and handsome; the glass tube is red, which displays the mercury readily to the eye.
A Statement of Facts, showing the Advantages and Profits of Thorough Drainage. Albany, New York, January, 1857. A most important topic, ably illustrated, and distributed gratis, by the Albany, New York Tile Works.
Twenty-Eighth Annual Report of the Natural History Society Of Montreal. Montreal, 1856. A useful and enthusiastic Society, the proofs of whose ardent labors in the cause of science are here chronicled.
Descriptive Catalogue of Fruit and Ornamental Trees, Shrubs, Vines, Evergreens, Greenhouse Plants, etc. etc., cultivated and for sale at Fruitland Nurseries, Augusta, Georgia. By D. Redmond. An excellent collection, and the catalogue well considered.
Catalogue General des Vegetaux Disponibles dans les Pepinieres de E. Defosse-Thuillier, Orleans, France. A French priced catalogue, of merit, with the articles reasonably low.
An Address before the Chester County Agricultural Society, at West Chester, Pa. By John B. Biddle, M. D. Too short by one-half.
Catalogue of Tree and Shrub Seeds, for sale by J. R. Ray, No. 90 John Street, Sacramento, California. This is a large list, indeed, and though we notice but few of the indigenous trees and shrubs of California, we trust Mr. Ray will find it to his interest to collect them, and thus answer the many calls he would have from Eastern nurserymen.
Etablissement Horticole de Pradel Pere et Fils Ain6. A. Montauban, Franoe. Rosiers, Geraniums, etc.
The Catalogues of the Rose Hill Nursery, Woodstock, Vermont, includes fruit and flowers, and especially, among the latter, roses. Mr. Luther Briggs, proprietor. Mr. B., in a private letter, thinks his climate, with the thermometer occasionally as low as 25º below zero, an uncomfortable, if not an unfortunate one, and asks for information of what will grow in such a region. In the last December number he will find valuable hints, in a letter from Canada, as to fruit; for flowers and shrubs, we shall endeavor to furnish further matter for his consideration; here we also have much to contend with, but, by careful experience, we are becoming acquainted with what suits our also very cold latitude; it often happens, however, that what we had once considered "perfectly hardy," is "lost to our hopes," though " to memory dear".
Descriptive Catalogue of Fruit and Ornamental Trees, Shrubs, Roses, and Bedding-out Plants, cultivated and for sale by W., T., and E. Smith, at the Geneva Nursery, Geneva, N. Y. A very valuable collection, made with judgment and taste, and an interesting catalogue.
Editor Horticulturist: Your Western readers.have been much gratified by the descriptions given in your valuable journal of the splendid country-seats on the Hudson, and in the vicinity of some of your Eastern cities. They would be still better pleased if you could find leisure to make them a visit, in company with some of your friends, during the ensuing spring, and see what they are doing out here for the cause of horticulture and landscape-gardening. They can promise you nothing to compete with their Eastern brethren in these beautiful adornments of the earth, but they can assure you of a hearty welcome, and will be happy to show you their first efforts in embellishing their grounds, and in the cultivation of fruits and shrubbery - all of which are as yet but in their infancy in the West.
But they have a climate and soil, and, in many parts, a surface admirably adapted to show such cultivation to the best advantage, and to display the skill of the landscape-gardener. Kentucky, with its many fine, park-like, grazing farms, is especially fitted for such improvements. The wealth and the will are there, and all that is wanted is a few tasteful examples, to make it one of the garden regions of the West.
In the vicinity of this city a good beginning has been made, and it will be pursued with much spirit and taste. The Horticultural Society and your journal have done much to bring this about, and a visit from you, with an interchange of opinions, would do more.
[Inclination, and favorable remembrances of some of the fine scenes in Kentucky, would lead us to such an excursion, and possibly time may be found, in May next, to respond to this and other truly kind invitations for a view of the park-like scenery of the West. We know that Kentucky possesses a good climate and great natural advantages; that grass grows under its noble trees; and our Parkomania would be greatly excited by revisiting scenes now almost obscured in the light of memories not lost, but dimmed by time].