Good source for breeding/introduction dates for plants?

rayona(NYC)January 23, 2013

I am trying to plan a garden from scratch and am hoping to limit all of the plants to varieties available before 1900. Sometimes I can find mention of introduction dates in catalogs but not always.

Might there be some sort of plant registry or am
I stuck Googling each plant I find interesting?

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The Green Bean article in Wikipedia references this:
Taylor's guide to heirloom vegetables. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 1996. ISBN 0-395-70818-4.

Google has snippits of it, but I haven't seen the book in the whole.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2013 at 4:06PM
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Beans of New York
Corn of New York

These sow up sometimes on Ebay or you might still be able to order a copy from Cornell. They were printed in the 1930's and have lots of info about varieties and history.


    Bookmark   January 24, 2013 at 3:55AM
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