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Cranefield, Frederic (ed.) / Wisconsin horticulture
Vol. I (September 1910/August 1911)

Wisconsin horticulture, vol. 1, no. 5: January, 1911,   pp. [1]-16 PDF (7.2 MB)


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Wisconsin 
Horticulture 
                            Official Organ of the Wisconsin State Horticultural
Societp 
Vol. 1                                            January, 1911         
                                  No. 5 
    THE CONSERVATION OF THE CITY 
      DWELLER AND THE GARDEN 
   ( . ,B. WIITNALI,, NIILWAUKEE. 
   The value of the garden is too 
seldoxi appreciated excepting as it 
may be measured by money. Such it 
measure indicates its importance to 
mankind but partially. 
  The money value of flowers is based 
on the strength of our natural yearn- 
ing for them. When sto situated that 
wo cannot help ourselves to them. 
Where some one has been delegated 
hy Mammon to stand between us aind 
ixur instinctive desire to exact toni- 
pensation and tribute for such nat- 
oral influences. This is too true of 
;il large cities, there is not enough 
there to go around, and manxy of iis 
-o short. 
  The reason we like flowers is that 
they are the ecstacy of the regenera- 
tion of vegetable life oxi which we are 
dependent. It is the saxne love we 
have for our mother-one brings us 
to life, the otht(r sustains its. Ourt 
('reator and our sustainer appear to 
I e one aild the siin( e p()wer. 
  When we examine into the lower 
stages of life, it is found difficult at 
times to tell whetheir the structure is 
animal or vegetable. Following ip- 
wards there is a separation and it be- 
comes quite easy to tell which is 
which, but we find that both continue 
to be xis interdependent as wheni all 
   "Nature Makes Horticulture a Business" 
funixtions were ctontained in the one 
structure. And when aximal is de- 
privted of fuxctioning with vegetation 
disease is the natural cxonse'i quence. 
  Vegetative influeniices, not only of 
diet, but f'otr environmental effet'.t, 
are as necessary xis the blootd ix our 
veins--in fact our blood couil not 
be cleansed but for vegetation--influ- 
conce on thx atmxxosp)here. 
  Although miany of xis dio not stojp 
to  reasonx natxire's clever arraxnge- 
menits to the desired understanding 
of them, it takes a small amioxxt of 
serious reflection to convince us that 
vegetable life is virtually a paart of 
our life. 
  MIan, having grown together withI 
flowers and fruits, (which are simply 
further developed   flowers), for so 
ilxaxiy gexnerations, we have (,oxelt to 
see and feel their influence instixet- 
ively--xatxre's inceessant care of us, 
ixxatlx reasoninig unxinecessary. We hlave 
crowded   into cities, denying  ouir- 
selwvis or ignoring these vegetative in- 
. fluences, for the most part nlcoxi- 
scioua, until we wake tip to realize 
that we tiove been sacrificing healtlh 
for dtollars. 
   It is the unsatisfied love that has 
 brought into service the Wiscotsin 
 Ilorticultural Society. It is the bus- 
 xxess tof this society to gratify man- 
 kindl's love--love for flowers and fruit 
 which is not essentially different froxi 
 our love for each other-when you 
 conie to dissict love. You may be ex- 
 (!usexd for not being able to distin- 
 giuish love or draw a definite line be- 
 tween love and selfishness. This may 


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