This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Gardeners are beginning to appreciate more fully than they used to do the value of Ivy for a variety of purposes. Connoisseurs, too, have begun to collect, study and classify the many varieties. Mr. Shirley Hibberd has written one of the most pleasant and valuable garden monographs concerning them. Town squares are largely decorated with them, a practice we borrowed in great measure from our French neighbors, and one we hope to see extended and improved upon, as few plants do better in confined spaces and dirty atmosphere than the free-growing sorts of Ivies; in fact, the Ivy is a most accommodating plant, as our French friends have discovered. We give an illustration of a movable tent, or sun-shade, formed of Ivy, and which we copy from a recent number of the Revue Horticole. Patience and time are required to make such a veritable " umbrella " as this. It was exhibited at the Paris exhibition of 1867, and has now a straight, clean stem more than 6 feet in height.. The spread of the branches, if fully extended, would be about 10 metres (between 32 and 33 feet), but they are trained in an arching manner so as to leave an opening about 7 metres (about 23 feet) in diameter.
The branches are well furnished with leaves, and, as the plant is grown in a tub, it can be removed from place to place, as may be required, and may be made to serve as a most agreeable summer-house. The facility of transport is still further increased by the fact that the branches are trained over wires which can be folded up umbrella-fashion.
The plant is now in the possession of M. Rous-sel, landscape gardener, 16 Chaussee du Maine, Paris, but we are not informed to whose patient skill we are indebted for this work of art. It is obvious that our decorators might take many a hint from this tour deforce. - Gar. Chronicle.