In the Kensington Gardens, near London, it is reported that over 300 trees died within the past year, and it appears the earth was filled in two or three feet all over them. This smothering of the feeding roots will kill any tree. Besides this practical lesson, we refer to it because, while sorrowing over the horticultural ignorance displayed in the management of our public parks and gardens, we are often told* that they know better in Europe than to put people in charge of such places who do not know their business; but we see, by these cases, that it is about the same all the world over.