This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The remarks of B. S. Olmstead I read with pleasure, for we want no more of jobbing gardeners, who work physically, and claim to be landscapists; nor do we want engineers, who perhaps are capable of running a straight line, but know no more of a graceful curve than the mule Nebuchadnezaar recently poetically described and published in over forty papers in the States. I have never yet met an engineer that could drive his stakes to a rolling line of grade, but every time it would be like the quarter or half pitch roof of a house; and the generality of jobbing gardeners know no more of a gentle, irregular rolling surface upon a long line than the common laborer. Again, please, in making of croquet grounds, I have beaten an engineer, by my eye, three inches in his grade, and made him confess it. A landscape gardener must be capable of going upon a place, and after carefully studying the architecture of the house - of which he must or should know - then he should have an eye to give, first, the lines of paths and roads; second, by eye to stick grade stakes every six feet, so that 20, 40, or 80 men could, under one foreman, go right ahead with the work.
I speak knowingly, for, having studied carefully ere I offered my services to the public, I can prove that I have had 80 men at work grading a lawn for a public ground, per day, and two hours time given by me, with one man to drive stakes, another to carry them, secured the day's work, so that it had not to be done over.
Let us trust and hope that the time will come when those who made their money (vide Hal-leck) "in the cotton and sugar line," will learn that a man must be taught to form a beautiful landscape place in conformity to the surrounding lay of the country, the style of architecture, whether it be Gothic, Italian, Grecian, Roman, Doric, etc, and know just what trees and grades to place and make in it. If he cannot do that, he should be discarded from the list.