Pennsylvania–was born in London, England on March 21, 1826. His father
was Edward Meehan, the head gardener for Col. Francis Vernon Harcurt, Isle
of Wight. Meehan was self-taught and wrote his first paper when he
was twelve. At fifteen he produced his first hybrid fuchsia.
He was elected member of the Royal Wernerian Society of Edinboro when he
was still an adolescent. He became a student at Kew Gardens and came
to America after graduation on his twenty-second birthday. He was
hired by Robert Buist, Sr. in Philadelphia; was superintendent of Bartram’s
Gardens, and later gardener to Caleb Cope. In 1853, he published
his first and only complete book, The American Handbook of Ornamental
Trees, a book about the trees in Bartram’s garden. He established
Meehan’s Nurseries in 1853. He was editor of the Gardener’s Monthly
for thirty years beginning in 1859. In 1891, he founded Meehan’s
Monthly. He was appointed State Botanist by the Governor.
He was a member of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, the
American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Philosophical
Society, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and the Pennsylvania Agricultural
Society. He was the author of Native Flowers and Ferns of the
United States. He was elected to the Common Council of Philadelphia
in 1882 and remained a member until his death. He was a member of
the Germantown school board for eighteen years. He died in Philadelphia
on November 19, 1901.
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