Harrison, Joseph (DNB00)

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HARRISON, JOSEPH (d. 1858?), was for some years head-gardener to Lord Wharncliffe at Wortley Hall, near Sheffield. In 1833 he started ‘The Floricultural Cabinet,’ a monthly magazine. In 1837 he left his employment to begin business as a florist at Downham in Norfolk. Not succeeding very well, he moved to Kingston in Surrey. He relinquished his editorial duties in 1855 to his two sons, who continued the publication as far as the twenty-seventh volume in 1859, when it was altered to a weekly print as ‘The Gardener's Weekly Magazine,’ finally passing into the hands of Collingridge, the printer, and under a new editor it became the current ‘Gardener's Magazine.’ Harrison also edited ‘The Horticultural Register,’ vol. i. 1831, in conjunction with J. Paxton; ‘The Gardener's and Forester's Record,’ 1833; ‘The Garden Almanack’ for 1843; and ‘The Gardener's and Naturalist's Almanack,’ commenced in 1853 and still in progress.

[Pref. Flor. Cab.; manuscript information; Brit. Mus. Cat.]

B. D. J.