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Historical Garden Books: The garden book of California by Angier, Belle Sumner (1906)- 30 in a Series
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THE FLOWER GARDEN AS A FACTOR IN HOME-MAKING
The hope of America is in the homes of America. Whatever will lead to the betterment of our home life is to be sought after.
The garden of the world is California, and the ideal home may be made here. I am fearful at times, however, that home-makers, and this means especially the women, for they are the homekeepers of the land, fail to appreciate the very large influence that the garden, and especially the flower garden, has on the life of the family and of the community.
I believe that nine out of ten people that come to California come because of our fine climate, and they come ex pecting to live out-of-doors the greater part of each year; but the same strenuous conditions that surround life elsewhere are found here. Just as many hours must be put into the daily grind as in New York City, if the livelihood is to be made for the family.
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