By reference to an advertisement in our columns, it will be seen that the beautiful residence of the late Editor of the Horticulturist is to be sold on the 7th of this month. It is to be regretted that a place, upon the adornment of which Mr. Downing lavished so much of his art and taste, should not remain as an appropriate heir-loom to his family. How could the many friends of Mr. Downing more fittingly express their appreciation of his worth, and of the incalculable service he has rendered to his country, than by presenting this model, just as his own bauds fashioned it - the home of his affections, so sacred to the warm and loving heart, - to his bereaved lady? What better monument could be erected to one whose whole soul was alive to beautifying and making more happy the homes of others, than thus to secure a home for one, who, by his untimely death, is at once deprived of the solace of life, and forced to seek a new residence.

The place is in strict keeping with the principles of the art he practiced, and we doubt whether a more tasteful country residence can be found. It is situated on the northern border of the village, on an eminence which overlooks the Hudson and commands a fine prospect in every direction. The house is in the Elizabethean style, and wears the quiet, unobtrusive air of a gentleman's residence rather than a nobleman's mansion. The grounds, comprising about six acres, are all planted in the most tasteful manner, and so disposed as to give the most pleasing effect to the shrubbery, lawn and flowers, which blend in a harmonious picture. The collection of fruits, plants, and flowers, is very choice and in the best cultivation.

The place will undoubtedly meet with willing and liberal purchasers; but we dread to think that the residence of our friend must be occupied by strangers - that henceforth the doors which have been so hospitably opened to all who had claims upon bis attention, must hereafter be closed,, even upqn those who most dearly cherish his memory.