Gardening does not attract popular attention in America as it would do if people would only report on the good things they see. The author of this, happening in the neighborhood of Media, with the aid of a guide, made a hurried call on Mr. Henry Patterson, gardener to Mrs. G. W. Farnum, at East Media. He is one of the good-natured gardeners of the old school, and has been with the Farnum family for twenty years.

This is one of the most quiet and retired gardens I ever saw in this country. It is also very extensive. There are 14 acres of lawn. The place is surrounded with a dense forest of different kinds of trees, some of which are of large dimensions. There are some fine specimens of hemlocks, Scotch and Austrian pines, growing on different parts of the lawn; also a choice collection of different varieties of shrubbery, - several groups of rhododendrons of improved hybrids, which show well for flowers this season, - two or three large oval beds of a variety of hardy azaleas, which Mr. P. informed me bloomed exceedingly well last year, and were admired by all who saw them. There is also a fine kitchen and fruit garden, just an acre in extent, laid out in a square, with gravel walks and box edging, - substantial frames for forcing early vegetables, - all surrounded with one of the finest Arbor Vitae hedges I have seen for many a day. The chief reason for this is, there are no trees that interfere or retard its growth.

The hedge is about 5 feet through at the bottom, and is kept clipped in, like the ridge of a house, - at an angle of about 450, and looks very nice.

In addition to this, there is a truck patch of about an acre in extent, and a fruit orchard of of about two acres.

There is a greenhouse, I presume about 120 feet long, divided into three sections, one of which is used as a grapery, where 16 different varieties are forced. Mr. P. told me they produced 400 lbs. of fruit last year. The middle section is used for a mixture of greenhouse plants, all in a good healthy condition. I noticed a fine specimen plant of Pan-danus Veitchii variegata growing in a 14-inch pot, a picture in itself. Another fine plant which took my attention was an Allamanda Hendersoni, trained on wire, balloon shape, growing in a tub 18 inches in diameter. The last section is used for forcing roses, which are of the best leading varieties, and looked in a healthy condition. Some extra fine hyacinths were being forced here, two or three different colors in one pot. On inquiry, I found the bulbs cost a little more than the average price, but it is better to have a few of a good article, than many of an inferior kind. Ixias; this beautiful genus of Cape bulbs were found here in variety, growing in 4-inch pots.

Sweet smelling Freesia alba, and other good bulbs, may also be noted.

The family mansion at the place is a model of perfection and elegant design. It is of frame, very large, with a finely built porch, where the sweet-smelling honeysuckle and two or three kinds of clematises are trained up.

My last look previous to leaving this place, was at some cauliflowers that were being forced in a pit on the south side of the greenhouse, which the gardener was cutting at the time of my visit in February. It was Henderson's early Snowball. They had lettuce growing in between. This is a matter of some importance to those who have the advantage of a greenhouse heated with hot water, as in this case. Two 4-inch pipes are connected with the greenhouse pipes, and run through the cauliflower frames, which keeps the temperature of the pit about 400, - ample for cauliflowers. This arrangement can be made at a small cost, and would pay for itself the first year, as good heads of these vegetables generally bring about fifty cents each in March. Twelve sashes, 8 feet long and 3 wide, will grow one hundred heads, $50.00, and one hundred heads of lettuce at ten cents each, $1000; total, $60.00, - besides having the satisfaction of fresh vegetables from your' own place.

[We are much obliged for these notes. There are many places of a similar character deserving of notice, of which one never hears. It would be a pleasure to have similar notes from any chance "Visitor" that might drop in on them. - Ed. G.M].