From 'The Dictionary of Daily Wants' (1858)
He who undertakes the profession of a gardener, takes upon himself a
work of some importance, and which requires no small degree of knowledge,
ingenuity, and exertion to perform well. There are few businesses which may not be
learned in much less time than that of a gardener can possibly be.
It is necessary that
he should have had much practice in the various parts of horticulture, and that he should
possess a genius and adroitness, fitting him for making experiments, and for getting him
through difficulties that the existing circumstances of untoward seasons etc., may
bring him into.
He should possess a spirit of inquiry into the nature of plants and
vegetation, and be acquainted with the resources of art that may be made available. The
mode of growth, the pruning, the soil, the heat, and the moisture that suits particular
plants, are not to be understood without a native taste, and close application of
There are few things to be done in a garden which do not require a dexterity
in operation, and a nicety in selecting the proper season for doing it. A gardener
should be a sort of prophet, in foreseeing what will happen under certain
circumstances, and wisely cautious to provide by the most reasonable means,
A man cannot be a good gardener unless he be thoughtful, steady,
and industrious; possessing a superior degree of sobriety and moral excellence, as well
as genius, and knowledge adapted to his business. He should be modest in his manners
and opinions, and ever ready to avail himself of the suggestions of others, when they
are founded on experience and reason.