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.
By Wm. Robinson. London, McMillan & Co. Second edition, from Porter & Coates, Philadel. phia.
Some years ago Mr. Robinson, the well known editor of the London Garden, wrote a series of letters from Paris to the London Times, in reference to the horticultural peculiarities of that great continental city; and out of these letters the idea of this book grew. The parks and gardens of Paris have distinctive features which have made them famous over the wide world. No stranger visits them without wishing there were gardens like them near his own home, no matter where that home may he. Very often he determines to have something like them of his own when he returns to his own country, and if not, at least to influence the community in some public garden or park project like that which gave him so much pleasure abroad. He seldom stops to think that beauty has an outgrowth of its own. No two people want exactly the same thing; and when it comes to the people of distinct na~ tions their wants are widely apart. French beauty is its own; it is not a copy of what others have; it has grown as the French people grew.
Especially is this so in gardening, and the art of French parks is decidedly French art.
But there is more than art in beauty. It is a science. It has principles that are almost mathematical in their truth. And so when we examine the delightful garden art of Paris, though we may not become copyists, we can understand why and wherein it is delightful; and the result cannot but be to improve our taste, to render us the more fitted to make beauty out of our own material, and to see beauty in that which is about us, though we may have never thought of beauty there before.
Mr. Robinson's book has been very popular. This is the second edition, which is a good publisher's test of its popularity, and it seems to us that it has been received with such favor, because it has treated this beautiful subject in this scientific way. People have read of the parks and gardens of Paris till it seemed an old story. There seemed nothing left to write about. But they read Mr. Robinson's book about the gardens as if they had never heard of them before, and because he tells how and why they are beautiful. We are made to see every thing in detail, and we learn that some things are not as pretty as we thought they were, while others that we thought common place enough, have a beauty that we never thoroughly understood before. Thus Mr. Robinson's book is not merely an account of the parks and gardens of Paris; it is besides a thorough treatise on landscape gardening, and thorough, because it takes what has already been done as the texts for enlightening us. There is no one who desires to improve his own grounds, or to influence public or town gardening, but will be benefited by its perusal; and indeed if he merely has a taste for natural beauty, and wishes to en-joy correct landscape garden art when he chances to meet with it, it will be a pleasant book to read.
We hope it will have a wide reading in America.
Chart of the Age of Domestic Animals. By Dr. A. Liautard. Published by Orange Judd Company, New York. This seems to be a capital idea. Everybody knows that the age, and often other characters of an animal can be determined by the teeth; but few have had the opportunity of a close study of these points. Yet no one who is buying a horse likes to confess ignorance, and one of the most amusing scenes in horse buying is to see the buyer or seller open a horse's mouth, give a knowing wink or a shrug full of wisdom, but say nothing. With a chart like this fastened up behind the stable door, and where one can easily see and study it, there is a good chance to be wise as well as to look wise; and as a chart like this costs little to buy, it is wisdom at small cost, which is another good thins in these hard times.