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.
DURING the past ten or fifteen years the flower trade of the city of New York has grown up to something marvellous in quantity, and but very few are aware of its present extent and importance. The Evening Past, in devoting considerable space editorially, recently, to a notice of the trade, says: "Fifteen years ago there was hardly a flower store on Broadway, and the dandy of the period, when in quest of his button-hole bouquet, had to depend upon the wandering flower-girl, or make a visit to the distant greenhouses to supply his wants. To-day all of this is changed; fifty stores, at least, devoted to the sale of rare and fragrant flowers, are to be found on Broadway alone, and their trade in this evanescent stock is said to amount to more than one million of dollars annually.
To-day flowers in vast profusion decorate the drawing-rooms of the wealthy, and, in less quantity perhaps, the homes of the poor. The bridal festival calls for its wealth of floral offerings, and the coffin and the tomb vie with it in the richness and prodigality of their gorgeous adornments. At Christmas, New Years and Easter the church altars are loaded with floral tributes also, and the lavish supply shown on such as well as all other occasions excites the curiosity as to the source whence they come. We have some large greenhouses, so-called, in the neighborhood of New York, and some statistics and information in regard to their working will be found interesting as well as instructive.