This book is the outcome of a series of articles on Landscape Gardening which appeared periodically in The Florists' Exchange. At the suggestion of the publisher these articles have been augmented, new subjects added, and the whole more thoroughly illustrated than was possible in the limited space of a magazine treatise.
The book is designed to appeal, in particular, to that large body of suburban home owners who have moderate sized properties susceptible of artistic arrangement and beautification.
It is not possible for the majority of men and women to give a sufficient amount of time to the study of design, horticulture and gardening, in order to treat their individual properties in a practical and artistic manner, and although nearly every one possesses the sense of taste to the extent of appreciating the difference between that which is pleasing and that which is crude or grotesque in the completed subject, very few have the time, imagination and constructive power necessary to formulate a design which will represent fully the capabilities of their own grounds, whether it be a small plot or an estate of some acres.
To assist all who are interested in the artistic development of their home surroundings it has been the author's aim in this book to set forth, in a clear and logical way, the basic principles which will bring about the most desirable environment, from a gardening standpoint, of the moderate sized city lot or the suburban estate, however limited that may be.
The text has been made as brief as possible to give more space than usual to photographic illustrations, sketches and plans, so that each subject treated may be more readily understood and applied.
Long lists of trees, shrubs, and flowers have been omitted except in those instances where planting plans are shown, accompanied by planting keys. In preparing these planting keys the type of plant necessary to secure the best effect has been considered, rather than individual varieties, and these keys are therefore subject to modification so as to suit existing conditions.
While the initial intention of the articles was to assist those engaged in gardening as a business, it is the desire of the author that all who take pleasure in the art of gardening may find in this book some additional incentive to attain that which is beautiful in landscape design.
I wish to gratefully acknowledge the valuable assistance rendered by Mr. Stanley V. Wilcox and Mr. A. T. De La Mare in the arrangement of this book.
Robert B. Cridland. Philadelphia, May 9, 1916.