This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
This famous nursery was founded in 1824, and during the past seventy years has furnished most of the beautiful trees that abound in that section. Not far from the entrance, in front of the Dyer mansion, stand two gigantic Norway spruces, towering up about ninety feet. These were brought from Boston, when very small, in a wagon, by Dea. Daniel P. Dyer. To the south of these stands what is probably the largest and grandest tree of its kind in New England, if not in the country, a purple-leaved beech, having a trunk three-and-a-half feet in diameter and rising fifty feet, with a shade-diameter of sixty feet, Being a botanical "sport," about one-half of its fruits produce purple beeches, while the other half of the nuts yield trees with green foliage. At the west of the house is the fern-leaved beech that is mate to the elegant Newport tree in front of the Redwood Library. This tree has never borne fruit, though the trunk is now eighteen inches in diameter, and the tree is more than forty years old. For beauty of form and foliage it is unsurpassed. A number of small trees of this variety are now in these grounds.
The "sport" varieties of beeches are the purple of various shades, the fern-leaved, the weeping and the cut-leaved.
Here are varieties of magnolias. One tree, the Magnolia acuminata, or cucumber tree, is two feet in diameter and sixty feet high. The Magnolia macrophylla has blooms eighteen inches in length, and they are snow white.
Here are Babylonian willows of pure stock, the parents having been brought in a box of wet sand from the grave of Napoleon in St. Helena, by Capt. Jacob Smith, of Newport, near 1832, and given to Charles Dyer.
The rarest and most beautifully blooming tree here found is the Virgilia lutea, set out in 1835 and now a tree sixty feet high, with a trunk two feet in diameter. It blossoms in large racemes, and the pedicels are white and shaped like pea blooms. This gives it a magnificent appearance. Its compound foliage in spring is of a bright green, and in autumn of a tender yellow. The wood is also of a yellow, tinge, and hence the tree is sometimes called the yellow Virgilia. It produces seeds in small pods. Its habitat is southern Kentucky and Tennessee.
"Lake Wisconsin." - A leading scientific gentleman, publishing a scientific paper in England, in which one might expect even geography to be accurate, gives " Lake Wisconsin " as the northern limits of Pinus Banksiana.