:“In Europe plants are not rejected because they are indigenous, on the contrary they are cultivated with due care; and yet here, we cultivate many foreign trifles, and neglect the profusion of beauties so bountifully bestowed upon us by the hand of nature.”
*M’Mahon, Bernard, 3 January 1809, letter to Thomas Jefferson describing a [[nursery ]] and [[botanic garden ]] in Philadelphia, Pa. (quoted in Jefferson 1944: 401)
:“Last month I purchased in the vicinity of this City [Philadelphia] 20 Acres of ground, well adapted for a [[Nursery]] & [[Botanic Garden]], and hope that, in a few years, I shall enrich that spot, and through it, in some measure, the country in general, with as extensive and useful a collection of vegetable productions, as can reasonably be expected from the small means of which I am possessed.”
*April 4, 1818, auction notice and description of Upsal [[Botanic Garden]] in ''Poulson’s American Daily Advertiser''
:“[[Botanic garden|BOTANIC GARDEN]].
:“REAL ESTATE, &c.
:“PURSUANT to an Order of the Orphans’ Court, held at Philadelphia, for the city and county of Philadelphia, on the 20th day of March, A.D. 1818, before the Honourable Jacob Rush, William Moulder, and Thomas Armstrong, Esquires, Justices of the said Court,
:“Ann M’Mahon, Widow and Administratrix of James M’Mahon, deceased.
:“AT THE SAME TIME AND PLACE,
:“Will also be exposed to Public Sale, either collectively or separately, as may best suit the purchaser or purchasers. The whole of the [[Green House]] plants, (about three thousand) and other articles, very many of which are peculiar, valuable, and far sought for. The ground is sufficiently variegated, to admit of every species of Botany, and is probably the best [[Botanic garden|BOTANIC GARDEN]] in the country. It contains an ample fish [[pond]] and island, supported by a never failing spring, having therein Gold and Silver fish, in great variety and quantity. There is a great variety of Scots Fir, Silver Spruce, Larch, with other trees and shrubs—A pump of the finest water, &c. &c.
:“Catalogues will be made out, and the property may be viewed at any time previous to sale.
:“John Dorsey, Auc’r.”
:“M’Mahon, already mentioned, is a seedsman at Philadelphia, and ‘has connected with the seed-trade a botanical, agricultural, and horticultural book-store.’ His work is the first of the kind which has appeared in America, and includes every department to be found in our calendars. Ample instructions are given for growing the pine, vine, melon, and other delicate fruits, and also for the forcing departments both of the [[Flower garden|flower]] and [[kitchen garden]]s; but we cannot gather from the work any thing as to the extent of American practice in these particulars.”
*Douglas, David, August 22, 1823, describing his visit to Upsal [[Botanic Garden ]] (1914: 8)
:“Friday, August 22nd.
:“. . . . I made a journey to Mr. McMahon, which is three miles north of the city. I did not find him at home; I looked round the garden, and after a patient search found Maclura, two plants, height about seventeen feet, bushy and rugged; they had a few fruits on the trees; it is well described in Pursh’s Preface of his ‘Flora Amer.’ Then I called at [[Bartram Botanic Garden and Nursery|Bartram’s old place]], but found no person at home.”
*Wynne, William, 1832, “Some Account of the Nursery Gardens and the State of Horticulture in the Neighbourhood of Philadelphia,” describing Hibbert Nursery, vicinity of Philadelphia, Pa. (Gardener’s Magazine 8: 273)
:“A Mr. Hibbert keeps a small [[nursery]], in which he grows roses and other plants in pots, which he sells chiefly in the city market. I understand Mr. Hibbert has taken a piece of ground formerly occupied as a [[nursery]] by Mr. M’Mahon, and has taken into partnership Mr. [[Robert Buist|Robert Buist]], a gardener in the neighbourhood.”
*Darlington, William, 1846, on the significance of M’Mahon’s American Gardener’s Calendar (1846: 13)

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