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Alexander Bowie, NURSERY & SEEDSMAN, N.o 4, Edward Street, PORTMAN SQUARE.

ca. 1780
Origin: England, London
OH: 2 1/2" OW: 3 5/8"
Black and white line engraving
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1975-211
The card reads: "The Public supplied with experienced Gardeners./ Alexander Bowie,/ NURSERY & SEEDSMAN,/ N.o 4, Edward Street,/ PORTMAN SQUARE./ And at his Nursery, Pedlars Acre,/ near Westminster Bridge./ Dealer in Hot House & Green house Plants/ Flower Roots, Russia Matts, &c./ Mushroom Spawn of Superior Quality."
Label:The interest in new plant species from distant lands and the popularity of ornamental gardens made the profession of nurseryman and seedsman a lucrative business.

By 1790 Peter Bellet, a Frenchman who called himself a florist, gardener, botanist, and seedsman, developed a successful commercial nursery in Williamsburg, supplying seeds and plants locally as well as to other parts of Virginia.