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HANDY BOOK

OF

THE FLOWER-GARDEN.

In 8vo, 7s. 6d., bound in cloth, THE GA R D E N ER: A MONTHLY MAGAZINE OF HORTICULTURE AND FLORICULTURE,

FOR 1867.

EDITED BY WILLIAM THOMSON,

Gardener to His Grace the Duke of Buccleuch.

ASSISTED BY A STAFF OF PRACTICAL GARDENERS.

WILLIAM BLACKWOOD & SONS, Edinburgh and London.

WILLIAM BLACKWOOD & SO

Edinbu

and London.

OF

THE FLOWER-GARDEN

BEING

PRACTICAJA RANDERS

PRACTICAL DIRECTIONS FOR THE PROPAGATION, CULTURE, AND
ARRANGEMENT OF PLANTS IN FLOWER-GARDENS

ALL THE YEAR ROUND

BY :
DAVID THOMSON

GARDENER TO LADY MARY C. NISBET HAMILTON

ARCHERFIELD AND DIRLETON GARDENS

AUTHOR OF A 'PRACTICAL TREATISE ON THE CULTURE OF THE PINE APPLE'

WILLIAM BLACKWOOD AND SONS
EDINBURGH AND LONDON

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UST when circumstances had caused the

Author to resolve on cessation, for a time at

least, from all stated periodical writing, the Publishers had arranged to start The Gardener, and he was requested to contribute a series of papers on Flowergardening. As these papers appeared, he was gratified by reports from many quarters that the instructions they conveyed were appreciated by and proved useful to their readers; and, especially from amateurs both in England and Scotland, of whom he had never heard before, the request, or rather suggestion, came to collect and extend the papers into the form of a book.

Such a reason as being requested to publish' is not regarded as sufficient for the appearance of this volume. The best apology the Author can offer is the conviction that such a publication is needed by many.

Literature, it need scarcely be said, is not his profession, but his pastime. As the manager of a garden which is generously thrown open to persons of all ranks, frequent contact with these has served amply to demonstrate the need there exists for a practical work of this description, now that so many are engaged in the culture of popular flowers; and he seeks thus to do his part in spreading more widely and minutely a knowledge of the pleasing art of flower-gardening.

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