1871-1872 Thomas Allan Catalogue
The first part of this article is about Thomas Allan, a Dunedin seedsman and nurseryman, who laid out the renowned Dunedin Botanical Gardens. He developed his home Allandale House and Allandale Gardens on Allandale Road in Forbury, Dunedin. The second part of this article is his full nursery catalogue of 1871-1872. The name Allen on the 1871 catalogue is misspelled - his surname is Allan. The catalogue spelling for plants is retained as originally published, with a correction in brackets where known. For example 'billis' is corrected [bellis].
Thomas Allan (c1835 – 1926)
Thomas Allan was born at Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire, Scotland. He emigrated to Launceston, Tasmania in 1859, and when there, married Wilhelmina Clinkscales on 21 October 1860. In 1861 the Allan’s came to New Zealand, settling in Dunedin when it was just a few rows of straggling tents. After participating in several of the gold rushes, Thomas Allan established a nurseryman's and seedsman's business, importing directly from his brother in Great Britain.
In 1863 his name appears as a member of the Horticultural Society committee. He served for years as Secretary and committee member and was a regular prize-winning exhibitor.
On 1st September 1866, the first day of spring, his business was advertised in the Otago Daily Times as “Thomas Allan, Nurseryman, Seedsman, and Fruiterer, Cutting, Princes street. Exhibition Nursery, Cumberland street.”
The ‘Cutting’ refers to the nineteen-foot wide cutting blasted through rock at Bell Hill in 1858 to extend Princes street and link the street to the Octagon and the northern part of the Dunedin township.
On 25 September 1869, Thomas Allan advertised in the Otago Witness, that he was operating his Exhibition Nursery from Cumberland Street, his seed warehouse at the Cutting and had a nursery at Forbury, in the south of Dunedin. The 16 acres of Forbury land was transformed into nursery gardens and pleasure grounds.
He rebuilt the neglected grand baronial Forbury House, renaming it Allandale House, and in 1873 opened the pleasure grounds to the public as Allandale Gardens.
In 1872 he advertised his “stock of Fruit and Forest Trees, Ornamental Flowering, and other Shrubs and Trees, comprising 8000, Apples and Pears in 70 different varieties —all splendid, clean, healthy trees, 1, 2, 3, and 4 years, from 12s. per dozen. Plums and Cherries, 3 and 4 years, 18s. to 3 per dozen. Peaches Apricots, Nectarines Almonds, Quinces, filberts, Hazels, &c. 300,000 Thorn Quicks, 1, 2, and 3 years 20,000 Forest Trees, in Great Variety. Up-Country Orders Carefully Packed, and Executed with Despatch.”
In 1878 a column was written in the Otago Witness about a visit to the Allan’s at Allandale House and Allandale Gardens, off Allandale Road near Ocean Beach. The writer noted that several improvements had been made since their last visit several years previously.
“Some inequalities in the ground have been filled in, an artificial pond has been made, bush has been cleared away, and various transformations have been effected which have greatly improved the appearance of the grounds.”
“First comes a fine, collection of hybrid rhododendrons, comprising, about 50 varieties and hundreds of plants, and being all in flower, they wore very showy and imposing, the colours ranging from pure white to yellow, pink, scarlet, and very dark purple, while some varieties were beautifully fringed. Allandale Gardens have long been noted for the fine roses grown there, and they were, at the time of our visit, just coming into bloom. The collection comprises nearly 150 varieties, including many of the newest and finest in cultivation.”
The writer goes on to describe the specimen trees, hedging and greenhouse.
Allandale House, within this fine garden setting, was destroyed by fire a year later, on May 21st, 1879. The Grey River Argus news reported that “The property known as Allandale, situated on the Forbury road, Caversham, owned and occupied by Mr Thomas Allan, seedsman, Princes street, was destroyed by fire last evening. Mrs Allan was in her house with her children and servant girl when fire broke out. The first intimation she got was about 5.30 p.m., when a gentleman knocked at the front sitting-room door, where she then was, and called out "Fire". On going to the back of the house she found that one room, where she had lit a fire for the purpose of airing, was in flames. The house, which was built of brick and stone, consisted of sixteen rooms and hall, and is totally destroyed, with the exception of the kitchen, which formed a wing off the main building, and which was saved by the exertion of the Caversham Brigade, who arrived on the scene about half-past six, and remained there for five hours.”
Unfortunately, on May 23rd fire broke out again. The Grey River Argus reported: “The kitchen, at Allandale, Forbury, the property of Mr Allan, seedsman, was burned down at six o'clock this morning. It is expected that the fire which destroyed the house on the previous night had not been properly extinguished, and that it smouldered until spreading to the kitchen. There was a strong breeze blowing at the time, and the kitchen contained the remnant of the furniture and goods saved from the building.”
The Allan’s remained in Dunedin until moving to Tauranga in about 1898, and settling in Auckland by 1902. Thomas established a Nursery and large orchard in Kitchener Road, Avondale, which he tended for at least the next 20 years. Thomas Allan died on 21 March 1926 aged 91. In his Obituary it was noted he had moved to Auckland 20 years earlier and had resided in New Zealand for 70 years. His wife Wilhelmina died on 31 December 1922 aged 83. They are buried at Waikaraka, Onehunga. In total they had ten children. At the time of Thomas’s death, they had 24 grandchildren.
Bruce Herald, Volume IV, Issue 170, 24 July 1867 - importing from Great Britain
Grey River Argus, Dunedin News, 23 May 1879 - fire
Grey River Argus, Dunedin News, 24 May 1879 - fire
Lake County Press, Advertisement, 26 January 1872 – numbers of trees
Libraries Tasmania – online marriage registration
New Zealand Herald, Obituary, 23 March 1926 – Thomas Allan
Otago Daily Times, Issue 474, 27 June 1863 - horticultural society
Otago Daily Times, Advertisement, 1st September 1866 – open for business
Otago Witness, Advertisement, 25 September 1869 – expansion
Otago Witness, The Garden, Allandale Gardens near Ocean Beach, 28 December 1878
Otago Witness, Obituary, 22 February 1905 – botanical gardens
The Thomas Allan Catalogue 1871-1872
I take this opportunity of returning thanks to my numerous customers throughout New Zealand for the kind support I have received from them and I can assure them that it is my earnest desire so to conduct my business that it may not only contribute to my own benefit, but also to the benefit and advancement of Otago.
The Nursery Department is receiving very much attention in everything that is really good, and I am receiving constant shipments of New Plants from Britain, California and Australia.
In my nursery at Forbury, ground is being set apart for the planting of every kind of Specimen Plant, so as to ascertain what is best suited to the Climate for Ornamental purposes, and for shelter.
In Bulbs, two years ago I imported over 30,000 comprising Hyacinths, Tulips, Narcissus, Gladiolus, Crocus, Snowdrops, Anemones, Renunculus &c which are now acclimatised ; some of them particularly the Crocus, Snowdrops and Anemones, caused quite a sensation when in bloom, and the Tulips, which will bloom next month, bid fair to outstrip anything seen here before.
I also, last season, imported many of the finest varieties Camelias, Azalias ,Rhododendrons, Roses, Fuschias, Dahlias, &c, yet brought to the Colonies. The Dahlias and Fuschias, which were bloomed last summer and shown at the Royal Horticultural Society’s March Show, have received very high recommendation, not only by visitors, but also by the Press.
N. B. – My Seed and General Nursery Catalogue, which will contain a carefully compiled Callendar, will be published and ready for distribution in the Autumn, and may be had post free, on application.
Perhaps a few cultural remarks, by practising which the luxury of the rose may be enjoyed as an adjunct to every garden, even in localities not naturally adapted to its cultivation, may not be considered out of place.
First, as to Drainage - The rose will not thrive in stagnant soil ,so that if drainage does not naturally exist it must be provided for .To that end the soil must be removed to the depth of three feet or so, and filled in with six or nine inches of any rough material ,then the earth returned, which will have the advantage of raising the beds above the surrounding level. During this operation there will be a favourable opportunity of correcting any defect in unsuitable soils.
Second, as to Soil – That of a rich loamy character is the best for developing growth and bloom, and if somewhat adhesive in quality, all the better. Light soils may be strengthened by an admixture of fat loam of mellow clay; those too heavy may be lighted by rotten turf, wood ashes, and the like.
Third – When roses are to be planted among other subjects in the border, a hole of two feet in width and depth should be made, and filled in with a compost of rotted turf, loam and old manure trodden in firmly, and in the midst of it the tree should be planted. If worked,the place where it has been budded or grafted ought to be an inch or two below the soil.
Fourth. Pruning – All roses should be cut back to two or three eyes the first season of planting; afterwards, as a general rule, strong growers require moderate, but weak growers very close pruning.
T.A. has much pleasure in submitting the following twelve splendid new roses, eight of which were imported by him direct from Britain, and are now offered for the first time in the Colonies. Plants ready in April 1872. Price 3s 6d each, or 30s the set.
Adolphe Brongniart, beautiful bright carmine red, large, full and fine, firm, growth vigorous.
Ardien Montebello, [Adrien Montebello] deep rose, glossy, large, full and flat and habit vigorous.
Bertha Barron, [Berthe Baron] very delicate rose, lighter towards the margin, large, full and of a fine form, a seedling of the well-known Julius Margotten.
Derpuy Jamin, [Dupuy Jarmain] bright cerise, large, full, and of a fine form growth free.
Madam Clert, rich salmon flowers, large and full, a beautiful rose.
Madam Decour, beautiful bright rose color, globular, habit robust.
Mademoiselle Maria Rady, fine brilliant red, very large, full and of perfect form.
Mrs John Berners, deep magenta rose, centre tinted with deep rich crimson, very full and compact, vigorous habit –one of the best.
Felix Genero, beautiful rose, shaded with violet, large double, and perfectly formed –a splendid rose.
Tea Scented Roses
Boutin D’or, [Bouton D'or] superb deep yellow, reverses of petals white, medium size, an excellent variety, with fine style of growth.
Montiplacer, [Monplaisir] flowers deep salmon yellow, large and very full .This is a seedling of the well-known Gloire de Dijon, which it equals in vigour of growth and beauty, but is of a richer and deeper color.
Madam Margotten, [Madam Margottin aka Cécile Berthod] fine deep citron yellow, with rosy peach centre, the edges of the petals white, flowers of good size, very full and globular. A most distinct variety of vigorous and pleasing habit.
Roses – General Collection
Alfred Colomb, fiery red, large double, and globular, very effective growth vigorous.
Alfred de Rougemond, deep velvety purplish crimson.
Alpaide de Rotalier, fine glossy transparent rose, flowers large, form fine, habit robust.
Anna de Deisbach, fine rosy carmine, with silvery shading.
Anna Alexiff, bright pink, large, fine and fragrant.
Aristide Dupois, slate, flamed with scarlet, large, full, and fine form good habit, flowers freely.
Barronne Adolphe de Rothschilds, fiery red, large, full and very effective.
Barronne Prevost, pale rose, very large and showy.
Barronne Hallez, bright carmine, large and full.
Beauty of Waltham, cherry color to bright rosy carmine, large and full, form cupped, one of the best.
Coeur de Lion, bright even rose color, large, full and of excellent form.
Charles Lefebre, bright crimson, centre purplish, very large, double and of good form, one of the best.
Comtesse de Chabrillant, pink, beautifully cupped, large, full, very sweet, and good.
Centifolia Rosia, bright rose, very large and full.
Devil de Prince Albert, blackish, crimson shaded, centre fiery red, large, full and good.
Duc de Rohan, lively red, shaded with vermillion, very large, full, and globular.
Empereurde Maroc, rich velvety maroon; a most distinct variety.
Eugenie Appert, fiery scarlet crimson, a beautiful rose.
Eugene Seribe, brilliant dazzling red, extra large, full and well formed.
Fisher Holmes, brilliant reddish scarlet, and double.
Francois Premier, cherry red, shaded, fine form.
Geant des Batailles, brilliant crimson scarlet.
General Jacqueminot, splendid brilliant crimson scarlet.
George Prince, fine brilliant red, shaded with dark rose, large, full, globular, and good.
Ipswich Gem, brilliant rosy carmine, very double, vigorous growth, very effective.
John Hopper, brilliant rose, crimson centre, rosy margin, back of petals light Lilac, habit very vigorous.
Jules Morgottin, bright carmine, very double and large.
Kate Hausburgh, fine bright rose, large and full, good shape and substance.
La Reine, rosy pink, tinged with Lilac, very large.
Le Geant, clear bright rose, tinted with violet, very large and full; the largest rose yet introduced.
Le Rhone, beautiful vermillion red, medium sized flowers of good form, growth free and robust.
Leopold Premier, bright dark red, very large and full, fine form.
Leiopold Hausburg, beautiful carffiine red, shaded with deep purple, large, double, and well-shaped.
Lord Macaulay, velvety crimson, large and double, free blossom.
Lord Raglan, violet purple, with bright red centre, fine form.
Louise Darzens, pure white, full and fine form.
Madame Alfred de Rougemont, white partially shaded with rose and carmine, very large, and double.
Madame Laffay, bright rose and good form.
Madame Pulliat, dark rose, of perfect form, medium size, globular, and full growth vigorous.
Madame Rivers, clear flesh, fine form, large and full.
Madame La Barronne de Rothschilds, bluish, suffused with rose, cupped and a most vigorous and excellent habit.
Mademoiselle Annie Wood, clear brilliant red, large very full and perfectly imbricated habit very robust; a most distinct and remarkable rose.
Mademoiselle Bonnaire, pure white, sometimes tinted with rose towards the centre.
Marechal Vaillant, lively purplish red, large and double.
Marie Boumann, brilliant vivid red, large and fine form.
Mathurin Regnier, beautiful pale rose, large and full.
Maurice Bernardin, clear vermillion red, large, and well imbricated, very vigorous.
Miss Ingram, nearly white, a free and vigorous grower, flowers large, shape exquisite, habit good.
Paul Desgrande, clear red, tinted with violet.
Paul’s Queen Victoria, pale flesh, tinted with pink; the best of its class.
Pierre Notting, dark reddish purple, very large, full and globular.
Prince Camille de Rohan, velvety crimson, maroon shaded, full, very vigorous.
Prince Leon, vivid crimson; and excellent rose.
Princess Mary of Cambridge, pale rose, large, full, and of good form.
Princess Alice, rich deep raised, large, cupped, and very double.
President Lincoln, cherry red, shaded with brownish red, large and full; a fine hardy rose.
Rushton Radcliffe, beautiful clear bright red, large and full.
Souvenir de Dr Jamin, beautiful dark violet, large, double, finely shaped, colors distinct, vigorous habit.
Souvenir de William Wood, very dark purple, dashed with scarlet, large and double, distinct, and very effective.
Souvenir de Mons. Rosseau, scarlet, changing to crimson, shaded with maroon, very rich and velvety.
Thorin, pure brilliant rose, large, full and of excellent form, habit remarkably robust.
Vainqueur de Goliath, brilliant crimson scarlet, superb tree, very large and double.
Vitor Verdier, rosy carmine, purplish edges; a large showy, free –growing rose, very effective.
William Griffiths, pale satin –like rose, good and distinct.
Barronne Noirmont, deep rose, large and of good form.
Catherine Guillot, purple; a well formed and most beautiful rose.
Louise Odier, fine bright rose, full and of fine form.
Marguerite Bonnet, blush white, flowers large, double, and imbricated, habit vigorous.
Souvenir de la Malmaison, pale flesh color, very large and beautiful.
Aimee Vibert, pure white, an old and beautiful rose.
Celine Forestier, pale yellow, free bloomer, large and full.
Cloth of Gold, yellow –edged sulphur, large and very double; a fine climbing or pillar rose.
Fortunus Yellow, yellow; a beautiful rose.
Narcisse, white, with pale yellow centre, fine shape.
Solfaterre, bright sulphur, large and beautiful.
Triomphe de Rennes, fine canary yellow.
Adam, very large; a splendid variety.
Climbing Devoniensis, white, with yellow tint, flowers same as the old variety, but of rampant growth.
Devoniesis (old), creamy white; a large and magnificent rose.
Gloire de Dijon, fawn color, beautifully shaded with salmon; a splendid rose.
Louise de Savoie, saffron yellow, very large and double.
Madame Bravy, cream color, very large and good.
Marechal Niel, beautiful deep yellow, flowers very large, double and globular, and excessively fragrant, foliage large, undulating and shining; the finest yellow rose of this section.
Soffrano, bright apricot in bud, changing to buff.
Souvenir d’un Ami, bright rose, very large and fine.
Banksian White, very sweet; a good pillar rose.
Banksian Yellow, small, but very beautiful; well adapted for training up verandahs.
Crested Moss, bright red, and good form.
Fairy Rose, a fine variety for forcing.
Mrs Rosanquet, delicate pale flesh, large and double.
Madame Plantier, a beautiful white, free bloomer.
Persian Yellow, fine golden yellow.
Acme, blush, tipped with rose
Alexandra, white tipped with lavender, exquisite form
Anne Neville, pure white, first-rate
Andrew Dodds, one of the darkest dahlias grown
Billy Button, buff, striped with maroon, extra fine
Bird of Passage, white, heavily tipped with rosy crimson
Black Doctor, good
Captain Harvey, rich dark purple
Chairmau, clear yellow buff
Chieftain, rich orange scarlet, splendid form
Clara Novello, primrose, tipped with purple
Charles Turner, bright yellow, deeply edged with bright crimson
Commander, chrome yellow, fine high centre, close eye and good outline and vary constant; this variety has been very successful exhibited in England during the past two seasons, and is highly esteemed
Delicata, rosy fawn, new color, very full
Duke of Wellington, dark crimson maroon
Hon. Miss Herbert
Homer, bright amber orange
Lady of the Lake, blush, edged with purple; very fine show flower
Lady Elcho, good
Lilac Queen, beautiful pure lilac
Mademoiselle Neilson, creamy white, striped and edged with rose
Miss Turner, tinted white, distinctly edged with purple
Mrs Wheeler, good
Paradice Williams, clear claret
Starlight, deep crimson, tipped white
Surety, shaded fawn
Wonderful, light purple flakes; fine show flower
Erica Arborea Alba
This is a splendid dwarf shrub, from the Cape of Good Hope, perfectly hardy, and is admirably adapted for planting on grass lawns, or in any situation where a dwarf compact shrub is required, and during the winter months it is covered with beautiful little white bell- shaped flowers and very fragrant.
I have a fine stock established in pots, and can be planted with perfect safety any month in the year, 2s.6d. each; larger plants, 3s.6d. to 5s.
I have also a splendid young stock of the following varieties of this beautiful tribe of plants; which will be ready for sending out next April.
Plants of the following Erica will be ready in February:-
Menzesia Polifolia (Irish heath)
Menzesia Polifolia Alba
Ventricosa Cocenea minor
The following fuschias, have been imported by me last season, and are now offered for sale for the first time.
Blanchette, pure glossy white tube and sepals, of good size and substance, gracefully recurved, corolla scarlet rose color, with well lapped tubes opening to a medium cup, sloped outline.
Herald, tube and sepals bright rose, corolla bright blue changing to violet pink, sepals horizontally reflexed, good habit.
Luster, a welcome addition to the white sepalled section of fuschias, on account of the remarkably vivid crimson vermillion hue that pervades its corolla ,the edges of the segments of which are tinted with pale orange ,tube and sepals waxy white , the latter very elegantly reflexed ,excellent habit ,and free bloomer.
Empress, tube and sepals waxy white, latter broad and well reflexed.
Tower of London, this is the most distinct and largest double corolla fuschia yet introduced ,is a seeding of the well known Sir C. Campbell, and was one of those exhibited by me at the March show, and which met with such just and marked admiration; has broad carmine scarlet sepals, elegantly recurved ,and very large rich violet blue corolla, occasionally striped, and very double.
Symboll, quite new, not flowered.
Marksman, sepals and bright carmine, corolla double, of a bright violet, very distinct.
Rosenii, immense crimson flowers, nearly self color, good and free habit, and great bloomer.
May Queen, tube very fine white ,sepals white and gracefully reflexed, corolla violet rose, finely shaped.
Minnie, quite new, not yet flowered.
General Collection of Fuschias
Alba Cocenca, brilliant cherry crimson and white sepals, corolla violet mottled with rose and violet purple.
Annie, tube and sepals white with rosy scarlet corolla.
Arabella, pure white tube and sepals, corolla rich rose; a fine variety.
Blue Boy, scarlet tube and sepals, beautiful blue corolla, smooth and compact.
Constellation, sepals light carmine, corolla lavender blue; fine flower.
Father Ignatius, sepals bright carmine, well reflexed, corolla indigo blue.
Fulgens, best variety.
Norfolk Giant, large and double corolla, fine stout tube and sepals.
Queen of Beauties, tube and sepals pure white, well reflxed, showing a bright rose- shaded crimson corolla, good.
Rose of Denmark, sepals and tube white, corolla bright pink belted with rich rose, very effective.
Rifleman, sepals bright scarlet, with fine rosy mauve corolla, fine habit.
Sir C. Campbell, good old variety.
Souvenir a Cheswick.
Vanqueur de Pupetel, carmine –scarlet sepals, well reflexed, and full double white corolla, occasionally striped, fine habit.
Schiller, white, with purple corolla.
Taglioni, and many others.
Golden Variegated Zonale Pelargoniums
Golden Pheasant, bronze red zone, green centre
Louisa Smith, leaf yellow ,margined with fine distinct zone of bright red and black ,light green centre ,very distinct and beautiful
General Collection of Zonale Pelargoniums
Autocrat, flowers bright orange, very large
Amy Hogg, bright purplish rose, immense trusses
Bluebell, flowers bluish lilac, large and of good shape
Chieftain, fine large scarlet
Christine, rosy pink, very free bloomer
Donald Beaton, flowers clear orange scarlet
Flower of Spring, silver variegated foliage, flowers scarlet
Glory of Waltham, flowes splendid even scarlet
Lady Darling, salmon and white large truss one of the best
Le Grand, brilliant crimson scarlet, shaded with purple
Mrs Williams Paul, clear delicate rose pink, very large and of perfect form
Rosy Morn, deep rose pink
Rosy Eve, beautiful rosy pink
Salamander, flowers brilliant scarlet
Waltham Seedling, fine full dark crimson
Double Flowering Zonale Pelargoniums
Emilie Lemoine, enormous trusses of large and very double flowers, color carmine, changing to scarlet in the centre, very free flowering
Gloire de Nancy, color bright carmine, flowers large and well-formed, habit Strong
Madame Lemoine, a shrubby – growing variety, producing very double flowers of a beautiful bright pink color; one of the best doubles yet raised
Triomphe, flowers very full and double, of a brilliant color, trusses large and borne well above the foliage
Triomphe de Lorraine, immense trusses of very double rosette- like flowers, color very bright; a very free-flowering variety
Miscellaneous Bedding Plants
Having a very fine stock of these all ready for sale, and being desirous of introducing this class of plants, which are highly commendable for small gardens, I will supply them at 6s. and 8s. Per dozen
Verbenas, very fine collection of all the newest varieties, 6s. per dozen
Calceolarias, yellow and dark
Petunias, single white, single pink and single red
Petunias, double, all the finest varieties
Tropeolums, dwarf varieties
Lenecio Flora Pleno
Stocks and Asters, in small pots containing six plants, all from imported German seeds
Balsams, all from choice imported German seeds ,1s. each
Sensitive Plants, fine straight plants, in pots, 1s. 6d. each
Musk, in pots, 1s.
Forget –Me –Not, large variety, 6d. to 1s.
Miscellaneous Herbaceous Plants
Bulbs and Tubers
Althea Rosea, hollyhocks of sorts
Anemone, a splendid assortment
Antirrhinums, of sorts
Auriculas, fine sorts
Billis [bellis], perennial garden daisy
Calceolarias, of sorts
Calla Aethiopica, Lily of the Nile
Carnations, a splendid assortment
Chrysanthemums, of sorts
Companula, of sorts
Convollaria Majalis, Lily of the Valley
Crocus, a splendid assortment
Cyclamens, of sorts
Dianthus, of sorts
Dahlias (see list)
Delphiniums, of sorts
Dianthus, of sorts
Gladiolus, of sorts
Hyacinths, of sorts
Ixias, of sorts
Lilium Lancifolum Album
Lilium Lancifolum Rubrum
Lilium Lancifolum Punctatum
Lilium Lancifolum Trygynum
Lupinus, of sorts
Narcissus, of sorts
Ornithogalum , of sorts
Oxalis, of sorts
Pansies, fine varieties
Penstemons, of sorts
Poenia, of sorts
Polyanthus, of sorts
Primula Vulgaris, Common primrose
Primula Double Purple
Primula Double Lilac
Primula Double White
Primula Double Yellow
Ranunculus, of sorts
Saxifraga, of sorts
Sedums, of sorts
Sempervivium Tectorum, house leek
Tritomea Uvaria, Queen’s Lily
Veronica, of sorts
Violets, of sorts
Asparagus, Giant named kind
Rhubarb, seedings from the best
Flowing and Ornamental Foliage Plants supplied for table and other decorations.
Wedding and other Bouquets made up by a first-class hand. Bride’s Bouquet, all white, with Maiden Hair Fern, 7s. 6d. each; others, 2s. 6d. to 3s. 6d. each.
Collections of Ferns collected and carefully packed for exportation.
Mills, Dick & Co, Printers, Stafford Street , Dunedin.