respect for the influence of soil, locality, and climate, as well as for thedifference in taste of different individuals.Much time, labor, and expense have been devoted to secure accuracy of names and synonymes; the seeds of nearly all of the prominent varietieshaving been imported both from England and France, and planted, inconnection with American vegetables of the same name, with referenceto this object alone.The delay and patience required in the preparation of a work like thepresent may be in some degree appreciated from the fact, that in order toobtain some comparatively unimportant particular with regard to thefoliage, flower, fruit, or seed, of some obscure and almost unknownplant, it has been found necessary to import the seed or root; to plant, totill, to watch, and wait an entire season.Though some vegetables have been included which have proved of littlevalue either for the table or for agricultural purposes, still it is believedsuch descriptions will be found by no means unimportant; as a timelyknowledge of that which is inferior, or absolutely worthless, is often asadvantageous as a knowledge of that which is of positive superiority.That the volume may be acceptable to the agriculturist, seedsman, and toall who may possess, cultivate, or find pleasure in, a garden, is thesincere wish of the author.
F. B., J
, March, 1863.
In the preparation of this work, I have received the cheerful co-operationof many esteemed personal friends, to whom I would here express mygrateful acknowledgments.For many valuable suggestions with regard to the culture and generalmanagement of the Potato, as well as for much important informationrespecting nearly all of our American varieties of this vegetable, I amindebted to
J. F. C. H
, Esq., of Newton, Mass.; whose longexperience in the production of seedlings, as well as in the cultivation of established kinds, will give peculiar value to this portion of the volume.The illustrations, so excellent and truthful, are from the pencil of Mr.
, of Cambridge, Mass.; whose fine delineations of animal as well as vegetable life have won for him the reputation of being"the first of living artists."I am peculiarly indebted to Rev.
, of Hingham, formuch valuable advice and assistance; and cannot too fully express myobligations for the unvarying kindness and courteous manner in which