. The American florist : a weekly journal for the trade. Floriculture; Florists. tgoi The American Florist. 1411 sequently entitled to higher compensa- tion for his services. On the other hand it is a well known and undeniable fact that the number of gardeners who have the proper knowl- edge and training to perform this work is very small indeed. Gardening in this country, generally speaking, I am sorry to say, is not yet recognized as a voca- tion that requires as much study, ability and personal fitness as does that of a machinist or any other mechanic. The largest percentage of those gar- d

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. The American florist : a weekly journal for the trade. Floriculture; Florists. tgoi The American Florist. 1411 sequently entitled to higher compensa- tion for his services. On the other hand it is a well known and undeniable fact that the number of gardeners who have the proper knowl- edge and training to perform this work is very small indeed. Gardening in this country, generally speaking, I am sorry to say, is not yet recognized as a voca- tion that requires as much study, ability and personal fitness as does that of a machinist or any other mechanic. The largest percentage of those gar- d
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. The American florist : a weekly journal for the trade. Floriculture; Florists. tgoi The American Florist. 1411 sequently entitled to higher compensa- tion for his services. On the other hand it is a well known and undeniable fact that the number of gardeners who have the proper knowl- edge and training to perform this work is very small indeed. Gardening in this country, generally speaking, I am sorry to say, is not yet recognized as a voca- tion that requires as much study, ability and personal fitness as does that of a machinist or any other mechanic. The largest percentage of those gar- deners to whom I am referring have graduan3' drifted into the ranks by serving as laborers in the caretaking of private and public grounds. They are able to take care of a horse and a cow, to do chores around the house, to keep a place clean and in good trim, are diligent and honest workers, but they lack the knowledge and experience, the under- standing and insight into the work which should bring them into closest contact with nature and its secrets. Their knowledge is simply based upon the superficial habitual performance of their daily work, but the pleasure and art of observing nature in her own works to study the life and habits of the trees, shrubs and other plants, and to become through such study and observance an expert in their business, is unknown to them. To this unscientific, barbarous and condemnable method of pruning shrubs and trees as above mentioned is due the inclination of people of better taste and knowledge, not to do any pruning at all, and it certainly is better to leave shrubs and trees alone than to mutilate them. Yet it is wrong to think that a certain amount of pruning of our shrubs and trees is not necessary or beneficial, or that it cannot be done without destroy- ing the natural appearance and beauty of the plants. Any planting of shrub- bery, no matter how appropriately and harmoniously arranged, as to character, size and adaptability of the plan

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