- seed + man (Wiktionary)
“Humboldt -- had drawn attention to the rich and varied _flora_ of these mountains; and in consequence of this, the enterprising "seedsman" who had given Karl Linden temporary employment in his garden, promoted him to a higher and more agreeable field of labour, by sending him as a”
“Yes; you will no doubt be astonished to hear that the plain "seedsman" at the town end, who sells you your roots and bulbs and seedlings, keeps in his pay a staff of plant-hunters -- men of botanical skill, who traverse the whole globe in search of new plants and flowers, that may gratify the heart and gladden the eyes of the lovers of floral beauty.”
“Quitting this situation he lived for some years as gardener in several considerable families: after which he established himself in London as a seedsman; and has ever since followed that business with unremitting diligence and success.”
“‘I wonder whether I’m meant to be a footman, or a groom, or a gamekeeper, or a seedsman.”
“The next year the seedsman was wise enough not to get caught with onion seed again, but the mission did not give away seed that year.”
“For instance: suppose you are talking to a seedsman and a friend joins you in your garden.”
“This can be done by using what are known as "verbena-pins," and these can be purchased at a cheap rate from any local seedsman, or may be easily made by converting pieces of galvanised or any thin wire into sizes and shapes identical with small hair-pins.”
“N. SWIN.EN. "an ingenious gardener and seedsman at Brentford-End," wrote The Beauties of Flora Displayed; 8vo.”
“Hiram Sibley, of the city of Rochester, a man of national reputation as the originator of great enterprises, and as the most extensive farmer and seedsman in this country, was born at North Adams, Berkshire County,”
“The ground prepared, the water is let on, and kept at a certain height in the several compartments of the rice field, and the seedsman goes to work.”
The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom Considered in Their Various Uses to Man and in Their Relation to the Arts and Manufactures; Forming a Practical Treatise & Handbook of Reference for the Colonist, Manufacturer, Merchant, and Consumer, on the Cultivation, Preparation for Shipment, and Commercial Value, &c. of the Various Substances Obtained From Trees and Plants, Entering into the Husbandry of Tropical and Sub-tropical Regions, &c.
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