This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A correspondent remarks : "What you say of Botanical Garden arrangements is true. I have seen leading ' Physic departments' connected with some of the leading Botanic gardens of Europe, and they are generally so ugly, that they are usually found near the back gates; and as for the necessity for having ' like near like' in a systematic arrangement on the grounds, he remarks "the flowers of Nymphaea odorata and Magnolia grandiflora might as well be not merely ten, twenty, or even two hundred feet as you might say, but as wide as the poles asunder for all that the observer could see of their relationship by occular demonstration." For this knowledge he must receive aid from his standard text-book, and as we add, all he wants with his "arboretum" or his "Botanic Garden," is to have the plants so numbered and indexed that in a short time as possible, he can find what he needs for comparison. We are not sure the letter was intended for publication, but we have ventured to make these extracts, because we are glad of any encouragement in our idea of the absurdity of sacrificing beauty in Botanic Gardens to "the needs of science" that have no existance.
It is the endeaver to carry out these absurdities which leads people to look on scientific culture as something outside of the immediate wants of man, and on scientific men as eccentric oddities who are "well enough in their way," but in whose success they take little concern.