Thoughts of Spring

Gardening by Mell b

On the coldest day of the year, warm yourself with thoughts of Spring and gardening.

William N. White’s Gardening for the South: Or, How to Grow Fruits and Vegetables, first published in 1856, filled a need for a scientific based volume recommending gardening practices specifically for the South.   He was the first person in the South to practice protecting fruit orchards from frost by the smoke from slow-burning fires.

This 1901 edition of Gardening for the South in the Special Collections Library was enlarged and revised by White’s son-in-law Patrick Hues Mell.  Mell became Clemson’s fourth president in 1902.