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.
I am a great lover of trees, and was interested in reading the list of what specimens Mr. Hovey has. One hundred and seventy-two species and varieties on one's grounds must be a source of great pleasure to the fortunate possessor. I must, however, confess to a disappointment in not finding among his list many an old favorite of mine; the more so as Mr. H. says he has endeavored to procure every tree which would be likely to prove hardy. Surely very many of our native Quercus, Carya and Fraxiiius, which are wanting in his collection would live with him. I would name the Quercus bicolor, Q. imbricaria, Q. Prinux, Q. nigra, Q.falcata, Q. tinetoria and Q. castanea, and perhaps even Q. Phellos as being entirely hardy and quite easily procured. The Q. bicolor, Q.falcata and Q. imbricaria are especially beautiful trees, the former growing to magnificent proportions, with leaves of the most glossy green.
I miss, too, the Carya microcarpa, C. amara, G. oliv&formis, C. tomentosa, C. sulcata, the most of them the commonest of our grand forest trees, and all of them of easy procurement. And there are the Fraxinns sambucifolia, F. quadran-gulata, F. pubescens and F. viridis, all hardy and common; and perhaps even the F. platycarpa would live there. With those above named others could readily be added to make perhaps forty species of American trees not on his list. If to these we add varieties - of which Mr. H.'s collection largely consists - we should perhaps have double or more of them. On running over the list given of the specimens he has, I find of the one hundred and seventy-two, about one hundred are kinds not native to the United States. Besides the gratification missed by such an admirer of trees as Mr. Hovey in not having in his collection the beautiful native trees I have named, it seems hardly justice to give his list forth to the horticultural world as the result of his endeavors " to procure every tree which would be likely to prove hardy in our climate."