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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 20., Notes Epistolary and Horticultural. (search)
ens, were then well known. His catalogs give a list of imported trees, and also one of trees obtained from people in the United States, and as we find the Bartlett listed in the latter, from Boston, and the Bon Chretien in the former, we may fairly assume Mr. Hall's trees were imported stock, quite likely obtained at Prince's. Probably the Bartlett pear found a home in Medford in the early part of the nineteenth century. Though we have a local horticultural society established in 1913 (January 22), interest in the culture of fruits and flowers in this city antedates it by many years. Horticulture had a cordial reception in the early days of Medford, even back as far as the building of the house of Matthew Cradock. The grounds of the Royall estate were known far and wide, and mention has been made in the Register of fine gardens of a later date belonging to well-known families that were justly celebrated. Some exist today, and in many small gardens fine flowers and fruits have