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[[stamped]] AUG -4 1924 [[/stamped]]
For Prize Contest

33 Grant Street
Greensburg, Pennsylvania,
August 1, 1924.

Gentlemen,

Burpee's seeds have made our garden a beautiful place.  They have combined with the rain and the sunlight to show us that the genius of life can raise flowers of beauty and fragrance from the vital simplicity of the soil.  They have erected stalks of pink hollyhocks that swing gracefully with every gentle breeze. They have produced larkspur as blue as the heavens in June. They have grown into columbines and foxgloves, into little brownie marigolds and blue cornflowers, into all the variations of beautiful phlox. They have bordered the vegetable garden with pinks, zinnias and asters. They have minted gold into calendulas. Thin-petaled poppies that gleam in the sunlight; mourning bride, stocks and strawflowers; cosmos, sweet peas and nasturtiums: these poets of the summer have taught us that flowers are lovelier than names or pictures. They have gratified our souls.

The generations from Eden are without number, but flowers have come the long, uncharted way, to make life endurable and enjoyable. In our garden they have satisfied and gratified us, as we cultivated them, watered them, watched the glory of their growing, and gathered them in their loveliness.

Sincerely yours,
[[signed]] George B. McCreary [[/signed]]

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