This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The Gardener's Chronicle tells us that recently a ball to the Prince of Wales was given by Mrs. R. C. Naylor, in Bel-grave Square, and to give sufficient accommodation to the numerous guests a spacious pavilion was thrown across the back garden, covering in a good portion of its space. It was found necessary, in order to have adequate room, to enclose a Weeping Ash tree; and then the question arose how best to utilize this tree. Mr. John Wills, to whom the floral decorations were entrusted, hit upon the happy expedient of converting this tree into a fountain, and for this purpose pipes were laid on to the tree and cunningly conveyed up the trunk to the branches, the trunk having an outer covering of cork covered with creeping plants; and from amid the branches a fine spray was thrown out towards the circumference of the branches. At the foot of the tree was a circular pond, formed of stout zinc, and fitting so close to the trunk of the tree as that no water could get to the roots; and in this pond were arranged choice water plants, including Nymphaes in bloom, Australian Pitcher-plants, Filmy Ferns, etc, and with so much tact and skill and in such a natural manner that they appeared to have been growing there for weeks past.
From the circumference of the basin cooling spray was discharged towards the centre, and when the interior of the branches was lit up at night by means of Japanese lanterns, the effect was indescribably charming, and the success of the work complete. On either side of the broad flight of steps leading from the drawing-room to the pavilion large grottos were constructed with waterfalls, and the surroundings were in thorough keeping with the main idea.