This section is from the book "The Florist And Garden Miscellany". Also see: All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!.
We are glad to find by the volume which is just completed, that this interesting little work is progressing as favourably as its best friends can wish. In fact, from the quantity of information, contributed by some of the best cultivators in the country, it is really cheap, and worthy of the extensive patronage it enjoys.
We see the Editor has decided on printing a stamped edition, so that it may reach every nook of Great Britain and our Colonies free; a boon which we trust thousands will avail themselves of, and which we are sure will be appreciated by those who. in remote districts, have found some difficulty in obtaining it.
We had hoped to have drawn attention to this useful little periodical in our last Number, but want of room precluded us from doing so.
Our space prevents our doing more than warmly recommending such of our readers as are fruitists to procure this work. We will also venture to say, that it will induce those whose gardens are small to become growers of fruit as well as of flowers.
We announce with much pleasure the arrival of a welcome parcel from America, containing a copy of the fourth edition of Mr. Downing's elegant volume on "Landscape Gardening," just published, and ten numbers of The Horticulturist, a monthly periodical conducted by the same distinguished author. We shall reserve our notice of the "Landscape Gardening" for a future opportunity, and for the present will confine our remarks to The Horticulturist. This, like all Mr. Downing's works, displays much spirit and good taste. Horticulture (as its title implies), rather than floriculture, forms its chief feature; but there are nevertheless some good essays in it on the latter, as well as on architecture and rural economy in general. We are glad to gather from its pages - which contain many pretty woodcut illustrations of villas and villa-gardens - that the taste for gardening is on the increase in America, more especially in the northern and middle states of the Union. This is as it should be, and what Mr. Downing, both by his writings and practice, has been long labouring to effect.
He states that those who are not so conversant as himself with the statistics of horticulture and rural architecture have no just idea of the rapid multiplication of pretty cottages and villas in many parts of North America. As with us, the vast web of railroads which interlace the continent of America has greatly tended to bring about this result. Hundreds, nay we may say thousands of individuals, formerly obliged to live in crowded cities, now find themselves able to enjoy a cottage in the country, the ultimatum of an American's desire; for country life is with him a leading object, be he merchant or statesman. "Webster," says Mr. Downing, "has his ' Marshfield,' where his scientific agriculture is no less admirable than his profound eloquence in the senate. Taylor's well-ordered plantation is not less significant of the man than the battle of Buena Vista. Washington Irving's (ah, who has not heard of and admired him!) cottage on the Hudson is even more poetical than any chapter in his Sketch-book; and Cole, the greatest of our landscape painters, had his rural home under the very shadow of the Catskills".
The examples which the men we have just named have set in the neatness and style in which their residences are kept are not lost by any means. No, we are glad to learn that they have shed a beneficial influence over society in general, and that a gratifying advance in taste has taken place, which will continue to progress, and which is exhibited no less in the cottage of the humblest mechanic than in the villa of the wealthiest merchant.
It would have gratified us had we been able to take "a leaf out of Mr. Downing's book," in order to convey to our readers some idea of the way in which he manages his subjects, but want of room prevents us. We promise, however, to give in a future Number a specimen or two, which we trust will please others as well as they have pleased ourselves. We have also much pleasure in mentioning that, in addition to the other contributions to our work, we are likely to be favoured with a regular correspondence both with America and with South Australia.
This little useful and well-conducted work reaches our hands resru-larly, and is well entitled to the continued patronage it receives from an increasing number of subscribers. Sure we are, that whilst its conductor continues to infuse into its pages the same zeal for horticulture, combined with the feelings of a gentleman, it will always meet with the welcome it deserves and receives; and we cordially wish it every success.