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USEFUL DISCOVERIES AND IMPROVEMENTS IN HORTICULTURE
AND RURAL AFFAIRS.
Charles CONDUCTED sieru
Our labors for the First Volume having terminated, it may not here be unappropriate to take a retrospective view of the past year, and see what benefits have already resulted during the short time the Magazine has been established.
To record the progressive advancements of, and improvements in, the science of horticulture, in all its branches, has been our first and principal purpose. To do this, we, in the commencement of our labors, procured the assistance of many of our friends, who are interested in gardening throughout the country, knowing that our own humble efforts would avail but little compared with what would result from a co-operation of all.
How far we have fulfilled this, and other objects stated in our prospectus, a single glance at the contents will decide. A rich fund of information has been gathered together, and many of the contributions are from our first practical men. It cannot but be gratifying to every lover of gardening, to perceive that we possess gardeners, who know how to write as well as practise, and who can thus impart their valuable knowledge to the public; and it is in this view that we consider our Magazine has been eminently advantageous to the advancement and spread of a taste for this pursuit;by creating a greater love for reading; by reading, to acquire information which gives greater exercise to the mind, and a desire for other and higher sources of gratification—the possession of the most interesting objects worthy of cultivation.
In this Volume, the cultivation of the grape vine-both in the garden, green-house and grapery, is fully given; select lists of pears and apples, important at the present time, for planting small