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.
M. 6. Bateham, of Painesville, Ohio, writes us as follows:
Editor Horticulturist: In common with many other horticulturists, I am anticipating the pleasure of visiting your metropolis about the time of the American Pomological meeting in September, and not having looked at things around there for quite a number of years, I feel that a horticultural guide will be quite desirable. Would it not be well to publish in the Horticulturist for July or August, a brief directory of places of interest to the profession, in the vicinity of New York, and also of Boston, if some friend at the latter place will furnish the same for you? I mean the principal parks and cemeteries, floral and nursery establishments, and the best examples of landscape and suburban adornment. Mention the modes of reaching them, and of going from one to another, with least waste of time, and state what are the principal features of each place, so that persons who can visit only a few, may choose such as are the most important to them. If, in addition, the name of the superintendent of each park, cemetery, etc.,, was given, it would be a favor to such visitors as may wish to make their acquaintance.
Answer By Editor
The most desirable places of public horticultural interest to visitors will be as follows:
LAKE VIEW. BOAT HOUSE, CENTRAL PARK, NEW YORK.
1. The Central Park, New Fork; reached by any of the avenue horse cars lines. We know all the principal officers, but do not think they have time to spare to escort any but a large party. The greenhouses in charge of Prof. Robert Demcker, at Mount St. Vincent, will repay any one for a visit. There are some fine specimens of subtropical gardening near them. Mr. Demcker will show anything with pleasure. ' Should any party of a dozen or more wish to go at one time, we will arrange for some of the officers, including the Treasurer, Fred. Law Olmstead, consulting architect and landscape gardener, to accompany them.
3. The most interesting place for a gorgeous display of flowers is at the flower farm of C. L. Allen, Hinsdale, L. I. Over fifty acres of gladiolus and lilies will be in bloom. Take James slip ferry to Hunter's Point, and then the cars of Stewart railroad, or Long Island Central to Hinsdale. Probably 5,000,000 gladiolus will be in bloom by the first week or two of September.
4. For a rare display of gladiolus and choice greenhouse plants, none can excel those of George Such, at South Amboy, N. J. Take cars from Jersey City, Penn, depot, direct to Perth Amboy, thence by ferry to South Amboy, thence by carriage two miles to Mr. Such's place.
5. For bedding plants, roses, and greenhouse architecture, either the places of Peter Henderson, Bergen Hill, N. J., or W. C. Wilson, at Astoria, are most interesting. For rhododendrons and fine greenhouse plants, the nurseries of either of the Parsons at Flushing. '
7. The finest specimens of suburban villa architecture are clustered along the Hudson river from Spuyten Duyvil to Peekskill. A ride by steamboat will give fine glimpses of the river scenery; and returning by land, one should walk from Tar-rytown to Irvington and Dobbs Ferry. Here are gathered more fine and costly residences than in any other space of the same extent in the suburbs of any other city in America.
8. Upon visiting Boston, one need not inquire. Mr. Buswe11, librarian of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, has everything ready to tell. Excellent arrangements are being made by President Wilder, which will give all horticultural visitors a chance to see some of the finest places near the city.