The Magazine of Horticulture, 3(8): 305-307 (Aug 1837)
Calls at Gardens and Nurseries
By Charles Mason Hovey

Noe & Boll's, 6th Avenue.—June 22d. We found the fine collection of roses here in full bloom, although the height of their beauty was past. We have before mentioned, in speaking of this place, (p. 124,) that it contained one of the best collections of roses in the country. What is remarkable is, that not any of the tree roses were destroyed by the severity of the winter, while in the vicinity of Boston they were nearly all destroyed, both stock and scion. That the winters have a much more severe effect on vegetation around Boston than in New York there is not the least doubt; for we have repeatedly seen so many evidences of it ourselves, that we are wholly satisfied in this respect. Many plants which in the former place need entire protection, live in the latter without the least whatever. In the garden of Mr. Panton, in the city, Magnolia conspicua has stood out upwards of six years, and has produced a great number of flowers for the last two or three seasons; it has never been injured in the least. We have also noticed the Wistaria Consequana, which has stood out here, (p. 274.) In New York the roses were only protected with a little straw around the tops. But such protection would be of no use whatever around Boston; covering both the stock and grafts with three or four inches of leaves, hay, or strawy manure, is the least which can be done with a certainty of insuring them safe from the effects of the severe weather.

But to return to the roses. Some of the finest of the hardy ones were the crested moss, white moss, flesh colored moss, perpetual Lodoiska, Madame Hardy, and belle Faber; the crested moss was particularly splendid, having a very singular crested appendage attached to the calyx, which constitutes its beauty. Madame Hardy is a lovely white rose; perpetual Lodoiska is one of the most elegant of that class. We also found several noisettes full of flowers; among others, Lamarque, Triumph d'Arcole, (which, Mr. Boll informs us, is the same as the Jaune Déspréz of some English catalogues,) noisette Fellemberg, Amiée Vibert, &c.; the Lamarque was the finest specimen we have ever seen, and fully confirms the high character of this, the finest in truth of all the noisettes. A strong branch (its habit is very robust,) had been thrown up about three feet, which was terminated with a cluster of six fully expanded flowers, and six buds, which had just began to show color; each flower was larger than any of the moss roses, and some idea may be formed of its elegance, when six of such a size are collected into one bunch. This rose was sold, when first raised in France, for the sum of 3000 francs, (upwards of five hundred dollars:) the Amiée Vibert is very pretty, but will not compare with the Lamarque. We also saw, at this time, the Triumph de Luxemborg, of the tea family, in perfection. It is a most exquisite variety; the flowers are large, of globular form, the petals copped, in the way of a provins rose, and of a buff and rose color. This rose also sold in France for 4000 francs. A great many others were blooming, but those that we have particularized here are the most choice and rare. Mr. Boll has a large number of hardy seedling roses; only a few of them had opened their blossoms, but one of these was a very fine variety. The whole collection is in most excellent order, and the management of the plants reflects much credit upon the skill of the cultivator. Mr. Boll has promised us some hints on his mode of growing roses, and our readers may anticipate some valuable information.

Mr. Hogg's.—June 23. The geraniums here had nearly passed their bloom, and were mostly removed to the open air, where they were displaying their flowers, though not in much perfection. We noticed, however, the flowers of several very choice new ones, for which Mr. Hogg's collection is so famous; several very elegant seedlings of his own raising were also in bloom, and two or three of them will be excellent additions to collections. We are glad to see this family attracting so much attention, and we doubt not but a few years will find our gardens enriched with American seedlings, equalling the most superb English Varieties.

In the green-house we found several of the cactus tribe in bloom; among others the Cereus speciosissimus and C. Jenkensoni. Mr. Hogg has quite a collection, and they look in good health. A new fuchsia, (the name of which we forget,) was charming.

The roses in the garden were displaying their last flowers, of which there is here a large number of fine ones. Various herbaceous plants were also in bloom; and we noticed a bed of that pretty new perennial, Gaillardia aristata. But the greatest attraction at Mr. Hogg's, at this time, was a superb specimen of the exquisitely lovely Greville rose. A plant, with three tall branches about ten feet high, was covered with upwards of sixty clusters of its "flowers of all hue," making it literally one mass of roses. In some of the clusters we counted upwards of twenty-five buds and expanded flowers! What is remarkable is, that the plant stands the winter without any protection. It is decidedly equal to the character which was given of it, some years since, when it was first known in the gardens of this country. Mr. Hogg had planted out most of his dahlias, and they had already attained considerable size; a splendid display is anticipated around New York, as well as in the vicinity of Boston, the approaching autumn. We should not omit to mention, that for neatness and cleanliness, Mr. Hogg's grounds excelled any which came under our notice.