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.
S. P. B., near Wilmington, Del., writes: " If any one wishes to be borne in pleasant remembrance, let him present another with some plants - something that will live and grow. Many years since I received from Thomas Meehan, though I was but a casual acquaintance, a bundle of plants, all of which, with one exception, I believe are living, and help to adorn my pleasant home. Among them was a Japan Varnish tree (I know there is a new name for it, but do not remember it), and often when it has been in its great beauty, as it is now, I have felt I ought to write to thee and thank thee for having sent them to me. The thanks have been long coming, but there is an old saying - 'better late than never.' "
[Uncertain whether this is a private letter or for publication, we give the latter the benefit of the doubt for the lesson it may bring. It was about twenty years ago the writer of this was wandering through Delaware, collecting wild plants - botanizing - when he came on a pretty country garden on the Brandywine, and stopped to admire some of the cultivated beauties. A conversation ensued with the good lady tending the flowers, and she finding out who the plant collector was, invited him to stop and take dinner with the family. A pleasant hour was spent, and the writer went on his way. The following Fall he sent a small plant of Kolreuteria pani-culata as a slight acknowledgment of the kindness shown him. The writer of this has never been over that ground since, but it is pleasant to know, after twenty years have passed, that the little tree has kept him in the lady's remembrance; and it is a good point in favor of what has been often urged in our columns, namely, the great pleasure which the planting of memorial trees may possibly give. - Ed. G. M].
On the recent visit of the Marchioness of Lome to Toronto, on the 5th of September, she planted a memorial tree at the request of some citizens. The kind of tree selected is not stated.
The practice of planting trees as memorials of visits, is common in England. At a recent visit to the Duke of Roxburgh, Queen Victoria planted a Deodar Cedar.