Editorial Notes. The Arnold Arboretum

Director Sargent reports that about 70,000 trees and shrubs have been planted the past year. Pits ten and twenty-five feet square, filled with good soil, have been prepared, which will give the trees long life. In America a tree on poor thin soils gets past its best within a hundred years.

A Botanic Garden In Southern California

A movement is on foot to establish a Botanic Garden at Los Angeles. No better spot could be selected. A large number of plants would thrive, in the open air, for which houses would be required in a more northern clime. It is hoped that 100 acres will soon be secured for the purpose. Mr. Charles Emory Smith, an energetic and intelligent young man from the east is working it up, and is meeting with fair encouragement from those who are fully able to accomplish the task.

Mr. Barry And The Department Of Pomology

Mr. Barry has given an opinion to Green's Fruit Grower, that it will not be possible in the nature of things that much good can follow the establishment of the Department of Pomology at Washington. It will now be in order for the Department to prove by actual results that the opinion will have to be changed. Nothing succeeds like success.

Prof. Rothrock

Dr. Rothrock, the well-known botanist of the Pennsylvania University, has been compelled to take a year's vacation as much as possible in the open air. He will go south to Florida, working up among the mountains during the summer, and, if the recovered health that is hoped for ensues, will give much of the information he gathers, in "Michaux arboricultural lectures" next winter.

Peter B. Mead

This gentleman will be remembered as at one time the very able Editor of the Horticulturist. It is a pleasure to note that he still keeps up an active interest in horticulture, though now a long time out of the editorial harness.

A Wealthy Gardener

Mr. Patrick Devine, who died on November 1st, 1885, was gardener to members of the Fisher family in Germantown, for near half a century, continuing his faithful work up to the time of his death. His estate is valued at $44,000, which he left to his wife.

Dr. Wigand

Some of our flower lovers are familiar with a very pretty genus of plants named Wigandia, and they will be sorry to learn of the death of the gentleman whose name it bears. He was professor of Botany at Marburg, Hesse, and died on the 22d of October, in his 65th year, according to a note in the Botanical Gazette.