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.
The report of Director C. S. Sargent to the president of the Harvard University, shows a healthy state of progress. The plants are being arranged in the grounds systematically. In the arboretum difficulty has been found in preserving system and yet giving the grounds the advantage of landscape beauty. Mr. F.L.Olmstead is trying to work out a plan, for the incidental expenses of which public spirited Boston gentlemen have contributed $2,000. It is to be hoped that Mr. Sargent will persevere in his determination not to sacrifice beauty to mere dry arrangement. For our part we never could see the sense of so much "systematic "thought in the arrangement of trees in an arboretum, as if they were so many dry branches in an herbarium. With a map and guide annually printed, and corresponding with numbered trees on the grounds, anything can be easily found when desired by the student, and then there is no necessity for forcing a dwarf to grow alongside of a giant, nor the swamp-lover be forced to make its bed with that one that wants to lie on dry ground. And then there is no necessity to "leave room" for future additions to the separate groups, but a beautiful plan can be worked out at once.
There never has yet been a "systematic" arboretum that was known of, that was finally satisfactory, even as a piece of system, while they have been perfect frights to all lovers of that which is beautiful.
Mr. Sargent takes occasion to show how much is being done for forestry through the medium of the garden, which is one of which all Americans, as well as Boston people, should be proud, for its influence is universal.