Tuesday, May 9, 2017

1898 Plant Catalogs from Conrad & Jones of West Grove, PA

Alfred Fellenberg Conard, (1835-1906)–West Grove, Pennsylvania–was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1835. He descended from German Quakers who were part of William Penn’s Colony in 1683. He worked on his father’s farm & learned the nursery business from Thomas M. Harvey. Conard formed the firm of Conard & Brother, but some time after 1862 he started a nursery business with Charles Dingee under the name Dingee & Conard. The business had two greenhouses & the establishment was known as the Harmony Grove Nursery. About 1867 the firm started propagating roses under a new system introduced by Antoine Wintzer. Conard conceived the idea of disposing of their rose stock through the mail. Their first catalog offered bedding plants, shrubbery, bulbs, seeds, & roses. About 1892 Conard separated from Dingee & along with Antoine Wintzer joined with S. Morris Jones in 1897 to become Conard & Jones Co. The new company continued with the growing & distribution of roses & flowering plants. As another specialty, they worked on the improvement of the canna. Conard died on December 15, 1906.

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