This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A correspondent of the Garden says : " The summer-houses, rustic bridges and gates were falling to pieces. As I sat waiting for Mr. Yatabi I thought what fine taste and pleasures these old daimios must have had in such quiet retreats as these away from the city. Scarcely one of these fine old gardens, however, now exists as of old, and it is seldom one meets with the beautiful gardens spoken of by Fortune. The present attempt of the poorer classes at gardening near Yeddo is not worth mention. Like many other old good things, gardening is fast dying out in Japan, and can only be spoken of as a thing of the past".