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.
In several places in Mr. Allen's grounds were large flower baskets resting on the top of a stump of a tree, which had been cut off three or more feet from the surface of the ground. A few stakes driven into the ground, or a small log placed on one end, would answer the purpose of a stump. A large wire basket was then made in the following manner: A wire ring about four feet in diameter was made of a rod - say one-fourth of an inch in diameter - which is secured about one foot above the point occupied by the bottom of the basket. Another ring about one foot in diameter is prepared for the bottom of the basket. Then smaller wires - say one-sixteenth of an inch in diameter - extend from the small ring to the large one, for the sides of the basket. The side wires are all out off a given length, with an open eye at each end to receive the two rings. The side wires are bent of a uniform curve, so as to give the basket a swelled form. As fast as the open eyes of the side wires are attached to the bottom ring, and to the ring that represents the rim of the basket, the ends are bent around with pliers.
With a few dimes' worth of galvanized wire one can make a large basket in about one hour, that will last many years, especially if it be boused after the growing season is over, These large baskets were lined with moss, filled with rich earth, and were the receptacle of several species of beautiful flowers, all in full bloom. Mr. A. estimates that he has now growing oyer 750,000 tuberoses, and an unknown number of Japan lilies.