A Treasure from the Past: The EncyclopÆdia of Gardening

Sulton's Seeds, Fertilisers, Horticultural Lundries

Sulton’s Seeds, Fertilisers, Horticultural Sundries

Mom only saved a few of Dad’s possessions after he died, but what she did save are gems. I have his photo albums, some of his landscape drawings, a few paintings and his painter’s easel.  What I didn’t realize before today was that the battered, green book of his that I’ve hung on to all these years is a gardening encyclopedia!

While rummaging through a cabinet in search of a White Elephant gift, I removed the book to reach the back of the cabinet. Before returning it, I cracked the cover and there it was: my father’s lovely handwriting dated January 3, 1930. The next page revealed that I was holding The EncylopÆdia of Gardening by T.W Sanders, Knight of First Class of the Royal Order of Vasa, Sweden.

The Encyclopedia of Gardening

The Encyclopedia of Gardening

My dad was a horticulturist, so it’s not surprising that he had this book.  What amazed me is that I didn’t realize what I had all these years.  It’s a small book, no bigger than a paperback. There are no illustrations, but a few advertisements appear on the last few pages of the book.  I’m dying to sit down and read it cover to cover.  I read the forward and some of the introduction, then decided to look up a few plants.

Adverts

Adverts

I’m named after Dad’s sister, Alys, so I started with Alyssum. Not only did I find it listed, but there was a small mark next to the entry.  Goosebumps!  As an aside, I learned that Alyssum was first introduced in 1710. I can’t get the grin off my face.

One last little treasure: between the middle pages were four postage stamps from India, where Dad lived before the war.  The stamps say India Postage, Three Pies.

I’ve been beaming all day.

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