The Magazine of Horticulture, Botany, and All Useful Discoveries 3: 122-124 (Apr 1837)
By Charles Mason Hovey

Nursery of Mr. Thomas Hogg, on the Bloomingdale Road.— Mr. Hogg is celebrated for his fine collection of geraniums, which probably surpasses, in the number of new and rare varieties, any other in the country; the plants are exceedingly well grown, and were, when we saw them, covered with flower buds. They are grown in a house by themselves, as we are convinced they always should be, and are not drawn up, but have that dwarfish and robust habit which is said to distinguish the collections of the English cultivators of this tribe. The taste for geraniums in New York is rapidly extending, and it is only from the great demand for the new and rare sorts, which are eagerly sought after, that Mr. Hogg is enabled to import plants which cost a great sum of money, and the importation of which is attended with less success than almost any other tribe. We hope to see the same taste for the new and elegant varieties of geraniums, which are yearly raised in England, prevalent in the vicinity of Boston. Certainly but few families of plants can boast of equal splendor of colors and delicacy of pencilling which is to be found in the more superb varieties. We found at this early season but a few sorts in bloom; among those, however, which had expanded, we noticed the following: Amelia, Atlas, Virginius, rose spotted, Celestia, Adelinae, Boll's General Washington, Lord Denman, Bouganvilleianum, purpurea caerulea, Clarissimum, Duchess of Clarence, Seneca, Exquisite, clouded, Erranium, Lord Broughham, Dennis's Queen, Anne Maria, Weltjie's Sydney, Admiral Napier, Sesostris, Tigrinum, Congestum, &c. Of these, which we thought distinct and possessing fine properties, are Dennis's Perfection, fine dark rose, with superb petals; Amelia, light rose, large flower, with delicate spots; Gen. Chasse, very bright; Lord Denman, rich deep crimson, with dark spot; Boll's General Washington, very handsome; Virginius, rose, with a pretty spot; and Bouganvilleianum. The trusses of several, if not all, of these varieties, are very perfect. There will be a most splendid display in the course of three or four weeks; and as a larger part of Mr. Hogg's fine new sorts will not be sold until next fall, there will be a fine show during all the spring. Mr. Hogg, jr., who spent the winter of 1835 in London and vicinity, purchased many fine kinds; among others, Dennis's Perfection, which was selling at three or four pounds sterling a plant.

Mr. Hogg's plant houses, as we stated two years since, consist of detached buildings, erected without any regard to external or internal beauty, but merely for the shelter and propagation of plants. In a very low house without flues, Mr. Hogg has a large number of double white and other common camellias planted in the ground for propagation. From these both layers and inarchings are taken. In another house, where were a great number of the more common plants, we noticed a Wistaria Consequana, which young Mr. Hogg informed us, to our surprise, had bloomed finely the past year; it has made a vigorous growth, and the branches extend twenty or thirty feet; it is planted outside of the wall of the house. We were not aware that it had ever blossomed in any collection in the country. We should be most happy to see it in flower.

In the stove, which is heated with the apparatus described in our second volume, p. 248, by Mr. Downing, of Newburgh, we found a variety of plants. A seedling amaryllis had just expanded; Lantana Sellowii was blooming profusely: this is the handsomest of all the lantanas that we have ever seen. Small plants of Poinsettia pulcherrima were displaying their scarlet bractes. The apparatus for heating cannot be better described by us than it has already been by our correspondent. We consider it a very good method for warming a house, but not, that we could perceive, preferable to the common level system of copper pipes. The first cost of erection is as great, and if nothing is saved here, we see no material advantage it has over other systems; it takes up, however, little room, but the pipes, which are cast iron, must, we believe, run above the walks of the house. The consumption of fuel is nearly the same as in the systems generally adopted. We have heard it stated to be greater; but, as will be seen in the course of our remarks, we think this an error. We have had many inquiries respecting the mode of making the barrel water-tight around the base of the cylinder; but this is easily done with proper cement: a groove is made in the tub or barrel, and this is cemented so as to be water-tight. Mr. Hogg is now having them made with the barrel or boiler of cast iron.

In the principal green-house we found but few plants in bloom: the great demand for bouquets renders it next to impossible for the nurserymen to keep a flower expanded. We noticed Corraea speciosa, Acacia verticillata, Diosma ciliata and capitata, Boronia alata, and a species of Pomaderris. The camellias were out of flower. Mr. Hogg has a tolerable collection of alstraemerias, a tribe of plants which we have scarcely ever seen grown to any perfection.

Connected with the nursery grounds of his father, Mr. James Hogg has opened a seed-store in the Bowery, at No. 365. We have no doubt but what the increasing taste of the city will create a demand for seeds and plants, particularly in that part in which he is located, and where there must have been a great want of such an establishment. We wish him success in his new vocation.

The Magazine of Horticulture, Botany, and All Useful Discoveries 3: 125-126 (Apr 1837)
By Charles Mason Hovey

Mr. Harrison's Amateur Garden.—This garden is situated on the eighth avenue, near the North River, and not a great distance from Messrs. Noe &. Boll's establishment. The proprietor is well known as the raiser of Harrison's yellow rose, the Camellia japonica var. Harrisoni, and several other handsome varieties. Mr. Harrison has only a small green-house, but it is overcrowded with seedling camellias, which have nearly attained a flowering state. We saw three or four new kinds which had opened for the first time, but they did not possess any extraordinary beauty. Mr. Harrison informed us, however, that he had had a new white open the past winter, which was quite an addition. It was something in the way of the pompone, but looser in its formation; another year will decide its qualities better.

Mr. Harrison appears to practise hybridization without any regard to the mixing of two particular sorts to produce an intermediate variety; but whenever a flower opens on plants that generally produce seed, the stigmas are impregnated with the pollen of some sort, in order to fertilize them. Seeds are saved from the warratah, pompone, rosea, Chandleri, single red, &c.; and Mr. Harrison is unable to say from what two his new white was raised, as he never keeps any record of the male parent. The seedlings are designated by certain marks, to know whether they were from the warratah, pompone, &c.; but the male parent is not known to any of the varieties.

Mr. Harrison's white variety has but one fault, and that is its shy blooming; we had remarked this in a plant in our possession, but supposed it arose from ill health, until he informed us himself that it was a spare bloomer. Some of his other new kinds are in the vicinity of Boston, and will probably bloom next season. Another year will undoubtedly produce many new sorts.