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.
Among the neglected evergreens of our country, the American Holly stands conspicuous, both for its beauty at all seasons, its patience of the shears, and the red berry, valuable as it is for the eye, and acceptable to the winter birds. It is somewhat difficult to propagate from seed, at least to the uninitiated, but a little observation of its habit would overcome this. From two bushels of seed, which we planted some years ago, but seventy-five plants were procured, though a variety of situations, in doors, and in frames, and out, were tried. These, few came up in a Black Hamburg Grape vine border, in rows under the drip of the glass, giving a hint as to their wants. These plants were formed into a short hedge, which already gives evidence of its value and beauty, and will undoubtedly be a protective defence. The English Holly, most probably, would be hardy in a hedge. However that may prove, the Horticulturist hereby offers a premium of Fifty Dollars for the first perfect Holly hedge of the American variety, not less than one hundred feet in length, and four in height, that shall be exhibited; the plants to be raised from seeds of this year's growth.