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.
The pleasure grounds of David Landreth & Sons, connected with their seed farm near Bristol, twenty-four miles north of Philadelphia, and facing the River Delaware, is an excellent specimen of landscape gardening, especially in regard to ornamental trees. It is enclosed from the river road by a Norway spruce hedge, six feet high and three feet thick. The varieties of trees and shrubs are numerous and select. The evergreens are of various sizes and habits of growth, from the Creeping Junipers and Periwinkles, which crawl upon the ground, to the most lofty and gigantic in proportions. Many of the trees are said to be the largest and handsomest in the nation. A great number of choice evergreen shrubs are there, the most noteworthy being numerous kinds of Rhododendron growing in various exposures and which flourish and bloom profusely without culture. The deciduous trees are noble specimens. Magnolias, Horse Chestnuts and Virgilias especially furnish fine specimens. The gem of deciduous shrubs is Belgian Azalea. There are numerous species of creepers and climbing vines. Ampelopsis Yeitchii clothes the walls of a long and wide building, two stories high on three sides. It is remarkable for spreading its branches in a horizontal direction as well as upright. Its foliage is beautiful.
Bignonia radicans and Wistaria sinensis climb upon and clothe large trees and bloom profusely in their seasons. The contrast of the sizes, habits of growth, and hues of foliage of the various species in the arboretum makes a rare picture of beauty. Numerous flower beds, vases, rockeries etc, are planted with choice blooming and ornamental foliage plants and lighten up the grounds, which are kept in admirable style. The lawn grass, I found greener than upon other places in the same neighborhood. The partial shade of the trees will no doubt soften the radiancy of the sunshine and ward off the injurious effects of the aridity of the heated air during summer. The Park has been made and planted within the past thirty five years. For the first fifteen years the trees (both evergreen and deciduous) were annually pruned into good forms, and to keep them upright.