The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 5: Gardens in Asia, America, Africa, Australia

American nurserymen

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888. The American nurserymen supply those of Europe with the seeds of American trees and shrubs to a great extent, and receive, in return, rare European, Cape, Australian, and Chinese plants, fit for the greenhouse. The chief regular exports are, we believe, camellias, pelargoniums, bulbs, and ericas. It is a fact not perhaps generally known, that the retail prices of the American nurserymen are as high as those of England, and that many American trees and shrubs are as cheap in Britain as in the United States ; the cause is to be found in the high price of labour in the latter country, and in the want of capital.