Archive.org has a host of old gardening books (from mid-19th to mid-20th Century) available in many formats and on a host of topics. I happened across a few in my Pinterest feed and gone completely down the rabbit hole in this treasure trove of information. Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you never know what you might find when you explore these catalogs. I’ll be sharing more catalogs as I find them in the coming weeks. –Douglas
Gardens were before gardeners, and but some hours after the earth,” says the quaint old author of ” Medico Religio,” and in- deed, from all time, love of gardening, in some form or another, has prevailed amongst men.
The suburban gardener is a latter-day- creation,” declares a writer of to-day; we would like to remind him of many and sun- dry Londoners of two centuries ago, who were enthusiastic horticulturists in their “close-by-town” residences. But whether of ancient or modern creation, there is no class of flower-growers with whom we feel a greater sympathy than with those dwellers in cities and suburbs, to whom a “plant of my own growing,” “a shrub of my own rearing,” mean a whole world of pride and enjoyment.
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