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

Wisconsin horticulture, vol. 1, no. 7: March, 1911,   pp. [1]-16 PDF (7.5 MB)

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                            Official Organ of the Wisconsin State Horticultural
Vol. 1                                            March, 1911           
                                 No. 7 
   It is with pleasure that I come 
 before you to extend the greetings 
 (if the university, as the mnayor of the 
 city has done with reference to rela- 
 tions existing between this societ> 
 and the city. 
   The relations between the College 
 of Agriculture and the State Horti- 
 cultural Society have been of great 
 mutual help; from the time of our 
 ,lear friend, Professor (Goff, who was 
 the first professor of horticulture at 
 the university, down to the present 
 time there has existed a warm rela- 
 tion between the work of the College 
 of A_'riculture and that of this so- 
 ciety. This society we of the uni- 
 versity consider in the light of a 
 parent, and I think we may look 
 upon the development of the work if 
 horticulture at the university as in 
 a sense your child. That work has 
 I,-en expanding from   its inceptio- 
 until at the present time it bids fair 
 to take a position with reference ti 
 horticultural development   that  is 
 cinmmensurate   with   the  attitude 
 which the whole subject of horticul- 
 nire is taking in the nation at large. 
 ,list now there is being cotstructeo) 
 an adequate building for the housing 
 -r' the department of horticulture. 
 'I lie main building is now in the 
 ,tiocess of erection, and the green- 
 h,,uses and potting houses connected 
 ti erewith are alrealy built. Unfor- 
 t':uately a few weeks ago we suffered 
 Ji )im an incipient fire which has de- 
 L ved the occupation of the green- 
 h. uses and the potting houses for 
 a few months, but inside of two or 
 ti me months' time that damage will 
 live been repaired and these aids to 
 ti e instruction and the research worK 
 bo the College of Horticulture will 
 lIe available. It is to be hoped by 
 thw opening of the college year next 
 fall that the main unit of the horti- 
c,ltural buildings will be completed. 
'I lhese additions to iir resoiiurces will 
cost somewhere in the iieighbirhood 
it about $70,000.  Niiow, that repri 
sents a big i]velipilielit fir horticuil- 
ture at the university froimi the (lays 
when Professor (loff was there, many 
years ago. It usei tii be colisilerid 
that horticulture was a sort if side 
issue at the university, that work in 
horticulture shrould take a back seat 
in   comparison   with  some   other 
phases of agricultural industry. The 
same view has more or less prevailed 
through the state at large with refer- 
ence to the development of horticul- 
ture, for as one looks back, fruit 
raising has been generally regarded 
as a side issue to the general busi- 
nes~s of farming. We are now ex- 
pIeriellcing a stiiiulus ini this sub- 
jict througlihit the whole nation at 
large. People are beginning to pay 
attentiin to horticiltiire as a corn- 
Inertial proposition. The enormious 
increase of interest, not merely in 
the  west, where it has been per- 
himps accentlmited mlore than in other 
portions of the country, liiit through- 
out the Mississippi Valley aml the 
East witnesses a remarkable change 
in the minds of the public relative 
to the importance of thIe industry. 
  Now, as long als borticulture was 
considered  as, a  side  proposition, 
where the farmir simiply planted out 
a few fruit trees in order to get the 
necessary product for his iivn pug- 
poses, an(l where lie m'arkem ed the 
Dean H. L. Russell 

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