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A Magazine of Horticulture, Botany
and kindred subjects.
FORMERLY EDITOR OF THE "GARDENERS' MONTHLY," AND AUTHOR OF THE NATIVE FLOWERS AND
SCIENCES OF PHILADELPHIA.
BOTANIST TO THE PENNSYLVANIA
S. M. MEEHAN.
AND NUMEROUS COPPER AND WOOD ENGRAVINGS.
THOMAS MEEHAN & SONS,
Preface to Volume V
ILD FLOWERS and general gardening comprise the field MEEHANS' MONTHLY proposes to cultivate. Wild flowers are placed first, as it is the first love with all of us. Before we can scarcely walk, the buttercups, the daisies and the dandelions attract us. Hatsful, capsful,-we never tire of gathering and bringing them as priceless gifts to our parents at our homes. Later on, as we grow in strength, we plant them,-and, with many of us, among the pleasantest recollections of our early years, are the little patches of ground, with our pansies and violets which we were allowed to tend with our own childish hands
Men and women are but children of a larger growth. Wild flowers and gardening carry us through life side by side with the pleasures of our early years. Many of us bearing, perhaps uneasily, the burden of life, wish that we were children again, and that our pleasures might be as free from care as childhood's pleasures are. MEEHANS' MONTHLY is working all in this line.. Another year of effort has come to an end. We know that those who have been with us from month to month have enjoyed the journey. We can now only hope that those who may for the first time peruse, this bound volume, will have a share in the same joy.