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. Elliott, in the first Dumber of the Ohio Farmer, comments on our complaint of the scarcity of really good gardeners - who understand the nature of our climate, as follows:
Amateur cultivators of ornamental trees, shrubs, plants, etc., in Ohio, and farther west, we opine, have cause for complaint far beyond our friends on the sea shore. Here we have men applying for situationsas" head gardeners," claiming to know all about the cultivation of every variety of tree or shrub, how to arrange and plant out grounds, etc., etc., when in truth they are incapable of planting a tree successful. ly, know nothing how to make a cutting or layer for propagation, have never studied vegetable physiology sufficient to know aught of the nature and habits of plants; and yet these men, talking large, obtain situations, and because they do not succeed, the proprietor, who often has little time to give his grounds, becomes discouraged, and unless more successful the second than the first year, abandons further improvement.
If state experimental gardens and farms, under the superintendence of a competent board of managers, and supported at the expense of the state, were established, emigrants as well as aspirants to the art of our own country, could labor and study for a season or seasons, until they acquired such proficiency in the practice, and knowledge theoretical, as to enable the board of managers to give them a certificate. and send them out fitted to meet the real wants of zealous but inexperienced amateurs.
We hope to see our own Ohio take hold of this subject, and that other States throughout the Union will follow her example.