The Garden Guide

Book: Gardening Tools, Equipment and Buildings
Chapter: Chapter 4: Utensils (Pots, Cases, Cans, Fumigators)

Glass packing cases

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1826. The glazed packing-case is the most suitable for importing plants from distant countries. One of this kind employed by Sir R. Farquhar, in sending plants from the Mauritius to the Horticultural Society (fig. 449.), was made of inch boards, three feet long, four feet wide, and twenty inches deep. The sloping roof consisted of two glazed shutters (a a a), which opened to admit air (b), and could be covered at pleasure with two rolls of tarpauling (c c); the trees were planted in wooden boxes just large enough to contain a single plant, and perforated in their sides and bottom (d), and their surface was carefully covered with moss (e), tied down with cord.