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USEFUL DISCOVERIES AND IMPROVEMENTS IN HORTICULTURE
AND RURAL AFFAIRS.
By C. M. HOVEY AND P. B. HOVEY, JR.
PUBLISHED BY HOVEY & CO., CORNHILL.
In the Second Volume of the American Gardener's Magazine, an additional quantity of information will be found, for which we refer the reader to the table of contents. For this we are indebted to the continued kindness of our correspondents: our own experience as conductors has also enabled us to add more interest to the work.
In this Volume, agreeably to our intentions as stated at the close of the first, we have commenced giving plans of green-houses of various sizes: two have already appeared, from which designs, we have the gratification to learn, one or two have already been built, and others contemplated for erection the ensuing season. Other plans will be forthcoming in the next and succeeding Volumes, which will finally embrace the most beautiful structures in this vicinity. We have it also in our power to say, that, if we are enabled, by an increasing circulation, ground plans of some of the best arranged gardens will also appear in the third Volume. The method of heating by hot water, as detailed in connexion with the plans of the green-houses, and the method invented by Mr. Hogg, in this Volume, will be a sufficient guide to those who are erecting stoves or green-houses, in fitting up such apparatuses.
Of the various papers in the second Volume, which we may recommend as particularly interesting, are those on the cultivation of Strawberries, on the employment of Vases in garden scenery, on the cultivation of some of the Cacti, on the pink and carnation, and the remarks on the genus Oxalis. Our own articles on the forcing of the Cucumber, on growing Peaches in pots, the Calendar of plants, and the remarks on the Pæony, will, we hope, be of some value to the practical as well as the amateur gardener. The paper on the classification and arrangement of Peas, with their numerous synonymes, taken from a foreign work, is of great value.
Among the improvements we may mention the indication of the generic and specific names of plants, as whether classic, aboriginal, commemorative, or composed. Though this may be anticipating a more general knowledge of Botany, we believe they will be found to render the names of plants more familiar. We have also adopted what we think a decided improvement in the index: instead of a general one, we have given a list of all the plants mentioned in this Volume, with, in most instances, their synonymes corrected; from which a reference can be made with great facility. For this improvement, we are indebted, in part, to the 11th Volume of Loudon's Magazine.
In addition to the above improvements in this Volume, in the next will occasionally appear an article, headed Pomological Notices: these notices will contain accounts of all the new varieties of fruits introduced, more particularly of the fine kinds of pears, raised by the venerable and celebrated Professor Van Mons, of Belgium. Those varieties which already exist in our gardens, under different names, which may be noticed, will have their synonymes carefully and correctly given. To aid us in the perfection of this article, we shall be assisted by several eminent pomologists. Notices of all new vegetables, worthy of cultivation, will
The Floricultural notices will, as heretofore, embrace every thing new and interesting.
With the close of this Volume, Mr. P. B. Hovey, jr., retires from the editorial department. On this account, however, our Magazine will not be rendered less interesting: he will continue to assist by frequent contributions. With the same zeal in the pursuit of horticulture which has heretofore animated us, we shall endeavor to make the Magazine what it has ever been our desire to, a periodical worthy of the support of all amateurs and lovers of gardening. With the increasing taste for the science, which we are vain enough to believe our Magazine has been eminently useful in spreading, we anticipate a corresponding increase in its circulation: our efforts will be directed to the diffusion of such information as will continue to create a love of horticulture and botany. To our friends who have so liberally contributed to its pages, we again offer our warmest thanks.
C. M. H.,
P. B. H., JR. Boston, November 18th, 1836.