An American gentleman, a rare lover of gardening, and who has traveled extensively in Europe, pays these gardens the following compliment: "I have no words to express my admiration of Mr. Hunnewell's grounds and greenhouses. Under the guidance of one of Mr. Harris's assistants, we spent several hours in looking through the splendidly-furnished glass-houses and his charming parks and gardens, and was sorry then to be obliged to leave them. I had no idea that such a collection of magnificent plants existed in America, and his grounds will compare favorably with the handsomest places we have seen in England. Such specimens of rare Dracaenas, Cro-tons, Anthuriums, etc., I have never seen anywhere; not even in the most noted houses of England or Belgium".