Warder, John Aston 1812-1883

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Warder was a physician, author, horticulturist and forester. Bartram was a neighbor in Philadelphia. He met the naturalists, Audubon, Nuttall, and Michaux in his father's home. In 1830 his parents moved to Springfield, Missouri. He graduated from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1836 and began practice at Cincinnati in 1837.

He was very active in Cincinnati and was one of the founders of the Cincinnati Horticultural Society. For many years he was President of the American Pomological Society and the Ohio Horticultural Society (now the Ohio State Horticultural Society).

He was one of the first to draw attention to improvement of public grounds, private parks and cemeteries. He was interested in establishing Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, one of the earliest and best of landscape or lawn cemeteries. He finally moved to a farm near North Bend, Ohio, where he tested cultivars of fruit, methods of culture and developed a private experiment station.

He prepared numerous practical papers on pomology. In 1850 he began publication of the Wheaten Horticultural Review which continued for four years.

He published Hedges and Evergreens (1858); American Pomology Apples (1867). The latter is still considered a standard authority on the description of cultivars of apples and contains a table of cultivars and synonyms of over 1500 names.

He was instrumental in founding the American Forestry Society. He was possibly the most outstanding pomologist and horticulturist of the Central West.