Vick’s Floral Guide | James VickSeedsmen Hall of Fame, James Vick - Victory Seed Company
was born in Portsmouth, England on Nov. 23, 1818.In 1833, at the age of 12, he
arrived in New York City to learn the printing trade.In 1837, he
moved with his
parents to Rochester, New York where he
set type for several newspapers and journals.In 1849, James Vick was elected corresponding secretary of the Genesee Valley Horticultural Society. James Vick - Circa 1873Vick was associated with the "Genesee Farmer" as a writer and editor from 1849 became owner and publisher in 1855.
as editor, the publication became more elegant and circulation rapidly increased.A year later he
sold out to Joseph Harris.On the death of A. J. Downing, James Vick
bought "The Horticulturist" and moved it to Rochester in 1853.It was devoted to horticulture, floriculture, landscape gardening, and rural architecture.
About this time, Vick
started to grow flowers and then began sending seeds out by mail to the readers of his
East Ave. Demonstration FarmLine Art of Vick's Seed Farm on East Avenue
In 1855 he
established a seed store and nursery on East Avenue in Rochester.
In 1856, Vick
started "Rural Annual and Horticultural Directory".The first half was a seed catalog and the second a list of nurserymen.
In 1878, Vick
started a paper, "Vick's Illustrated Monthly
" which was published by the Vick Seed Company
in Rochester and in Dansville until 1909.This magazine was sold by subscription.Vick
also printed a set of prints that were either sold or offered as premiums with large orders. Vick
was one of the most successful horticultural seedsman, writers, and merchandisers of his
day.The Vick Seed Company
continued into the 20th century before being sold to the Burpee Seed Co.
The Flower City 1850 - 1899