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A TREATISE ON THE

Propagation, Culture^ and History of the Eose.

BY

SAMUEL B. PARSONS.

NEW AND REVISED EDITION.

ILLUSTRATED.

NEW YORK:
ORANGE JUDD AND COMPANY,

245 BROADWAY.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1869, by

ORANGE JUDD & CO.,

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York.

Lovejoy, Son & Co.,

Elegtrotypers & Stereotypers,

15 Vandewater Street, N. Y,

PREFACE.

In offering a new edition of this work, the preparation of which gave us pleasure more than twenty years ago, we have not only carefully revised the garden classification, but have stricken out much of the poetry, which to the cultivator may have seemed irrelevant if not worthless.

For the interest of the classical scholar we have retained much of the early history of the Rose, and its connection with the manners and customs of the two great nations of a former age.

For many interesting facts in the History and Culture of the Rose, we are indebted to Deslongchamps, Vibert, Laffay, and several anonymous writers. To the former we wish most fully to express our obligations, both for the plan of this work and for many interesting facts and researches, to which we cannot conveniently attach his name in the body of the work.

Upon the classification we have bestowed much thought,

and although we do not feel quite satisfied with the system

we have adopted, it is the best that occurs to us-in the

present condition of rose culture. The amateur will, we

3 think, find the labor of selection much diminished by the increased simplicity of the mode we have adopted, while the commercial gardener will in nowise be injured by the change.

In directions for culture, we give the results of our own experience, and have not hesitated to avail ourselves of any satisfactory results in the experience of others, which might enhance the utility of the work.

We do not claim exemption from criticism in any form, and readily express our willingness to be ever open to conviction, in a field where, among the varied results of experiment and skill, there is much room for difference of opinion.

For our labor we shall feel abundantly compensated, if the republication of this work shall in any way tend to produce a more general admiration and increased culture of the most beautiful flower known. S. B. P.

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