Magazine of Horticulture, Botany and All Useful Discoveries 10: 86-87 (March 1844)

C. M. Hovey
Baltimore, Oct. 20th.

Nursery of Mr. Samuel Feast.A recent domestic affliction prevented us from seeing Mr. Feast on our visit to his garden; and his son walked round the grounds and through the houses with us. All the plants were taken into the houses, though all were not yet arranged for the winter. In the camellia house we noticed a fine collection of plants including excellent specimens of Mr. Feast's seedling Feastii, now offered for sale. It is said to be very beautiful. It is of strong and rapid growth, good erect habit, and with large deep green foliage: the flowers are white, delicately spotted, and flaked with pale rose, the spots so minute sometimes as to be scarcely discernible a few feet from the plant. It is of the form of imbricata, perfectly double and five and a half inches in diameter. The whole of the plants appeared in excellent health. From the camellia house we went through the range devoted mostly to azaleas, and a great portion of them seedlings: all appeared in the best health, and covered with buds. Mr. Feast has now for sale small plants of his new Azalea cremeria, which is a cross between the azalea and rhododendron, having large clusters of rosy crimson flowers. He has also other new seedlings of much merit, in addition to older kinds raised during the last five years.

In the different departments we found the Cactuses, and other plants, all in better health than when we were here in 1841. One or two small houses had recently been erected, and these were nearly filled with plants.

In the open ground we found a collection of seedling dahlias, some of which appeared to possess considerable merit; but the frost of the previous night had touched the plants and injured the flowers. We noticed several large beds of tuberoses, grown for the roots, which were very vigorous and strong. We saw the original plants of Mr. Feast's seedling rubifolia roses. They are immense growers, and had made shoots fifteen feet long during the season; the rapidity with which they grow, renders them highly valuable; perpetual pink had a cluster of flowers expanded—it is the only fall flowering variety, from whence its name. All the Tea and Bengal roses were planted out in beds in the garden, and many of them were yet blooming freely; showing the value of these classes in prolonging the blooming season until severe frost.

Flower Garden of Mr. John Feast.Mr. Feast continues to extend and enlarge his grounds. He had recently purchased a piece of ground in the rear of his premises, and was making preparations to build a long range of houses, for roses and other plants. We are glad to see this evidence of an improving taste in Baltimore, as latterly there has seemed to be a falling off in the interest and zeal of the amateur cultivators.

Mr. Feast appeared mostly interested in roses; in addition to his stock on hand, he was in expectation of receiving another invoice of new kinds from France. He has also raised many seedlings, some of which are from the yellow tea and microphylla, and some singular varieties are anticipated as the result of crossing two kinds so dissimilar, and yet each so beautiful in themselves; they will probably flower the coming spring, when we hope to receive some account of them from Mr. Feast himself.

The camellias and other plants had just been removed to the houses, and no flowers were yet to be seen worthy of special note.