This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
In reference to the remark we made last month in regard to the low cost and excellent variety of the shade trees of Washington, we find the following in a Washington paper before us :
"Of the cost of the planting and care of trees in this city, we may safely challenge comparison with any similar work of its kind that has ever been undertaken. This statement is made from a somewhat extended knowledge of the cost of tree-planting in cities, both in this and other countries, and the claim is fully warranted by facts. This arises from the circumstance that everything has been done in accordance with a well-considered scheme, which was formed previous to commencing operations, in which even-possible contingency that could be foreseen was provided for, based upon a lengthened and diversified experience in this and kindred matters relating to rural improvements. This scheme and the practical execution of its varied details has been projected and carried out under the direction of a Park Commission, which was organized by the late Board of Public Works, in the latter part of the year 1871. This commission is composed of three of our citizens, who have given much personal attention to the work, and with as little interference as possible to their daily professional duties.
To them it is a labor of love for the public good, and then-only reward is the inward gratification that results from the execution of good deeds".