James Vick (1818-1882) emigrated from England at the age of 12 and soon began to
learn the printing trade. In 1850 he became the editor of the "Genesee
Farmer," published in Rochester, New York. Three years later, he bought
and published "The Horticulturist," the magazine founded by the
influential American landscape gardener, A. J. Downing.
In 1860, Vick entered the seed business, putting his editorial talents and printing
expertise to use in producing particularly attractive catalogs. For about 20 years his was
a household name and his company was associated mainly with flowers. Adding to his renown was
"Vick's Magazine," a popular home and garden publication he founded in 1878.
Never missing a business opportunity, Vick also offered for sale beautiful color prints of
flowers and fruits.