This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Nothing more amazes those familiar with the beauty of American trees than to note the indifference which English planters show for them. Through their parks and gardens we travel for days and see little beyond English Oak, English Ash, Sycamore, Linden, Elm, and a few others. Here and there a solitary American may be seen in great beauty, but they are rare. Of this neglect the London Journal of Forestry says: -
"The rich and beautiful trees and shrubs of North America have, from the time of the first explorers of the woods and prairies of that country till the present day, formed the theme of enthusiastic admiration by all lovers of the higher orders of vegetation who have visited that favored land. It has often surprised eminent men, who have seen the glorious display of flowers and foliage in the backwoods and rich savannahs of America, that so few of the many rare and beautiful trees there met with are apt to be found in cultivation in this country. With the solitary exception of the evergreen members of the coniferous family, no other tribe of American plants is represented in our woods and ornamental grounds to anything like the extent their merits deserve. The oaks, ashes, maples, hickories, birches, elms, poplars, cherries, magnolias, tulip trees, catalpa, sumachs, hollies, dogwoods, thorns and spirals, besides a host of others, equally useful or ornamental and perfectly hardy plants, claim far more of the notice of the planter than they have received within the past quarter of a century. No doubt many of them are to be found growing with perfect health in most of our large nurseries, but they are too often allowed to outgrow themselves, as nursery stock, from the sheer lack of purchasers.
Their increase is thus curtailed and their cultivation neglected, when a better acquaintance with their graceful habits and matured beauties would cause quite a fervor for them, especially among ornamental planters".