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 large number of Agricultural and similar societies have permanent exhibition grounds, and it is sad to reflect that these bodies, which one would suppose to be leaders in art and culture in true taste, generally have the most disgustingly neglected properties that it is one's misfortune to meet with. They give "premiums" for works of art and improvement, and present themselves the most wretched examples of that which they profess to encourage. Occasionally there are some attempts at cultural decency, and we have pleasant recollections of one in New Orleans as we write; but these instances are rare.
We have a plan of an improved place before us as we write, which, though somewhat of a private rather than a public enterprise, suggests these thoughts, and in the hope that others may profit by it, we have had an engraving of it made expressly for the Gardener's Monthly. It was designed by Mr. Wm. Webster, the eminent landscape gardener, of Rochester, N. Y.