The eastern bank of the Hudson River, for many miles above New York, is lined with hundreds of splendid country seats, adorned with skill, taste, and wealth. Occasionally we find one surrounded with many fair acres; but, for the most part, the choice places are adjacent to flourishing villages, and ordinarily comprise not more than an acre or two. The fact is quite apparent, that the people of this country have generally too much land for their pleasure-grounds; more land, in fact, than taste and skill; and there is many a man who could honor himself in the care of a small place, that would as surely dishonor himself in his awkward attempts to conduct a large one.

It was my good fortune to visit one of these smaller villas about the middle of June, which I think deserves an honorable mention. It includes scarcely more than two acres of what was formerly an abrupt, nearly useless side hill, and yet in a few years it has been so intelligently and so thoroughly improved, that now it is one of the finest of those gem residences on the noble Hudson. Here my excellent friend spends his intervals of an active business in the bosom of his happy family.

If attraction thrown around one's own home is, as is said to be, a bid for children to remain at home, as a lavish expenditure on dress and equipage is said to be to go abroad, then the investment is a good one, and he will have the gratification of winning his little boys and girls from the excitements of the gay city, the club-house, or the giddy dance; for 1 hardly know a single country seat of any size this side of Henry W, Sargent's, of Wo-denethe, that has so many well-selected, rare, and beautiful plants to adorn the grounds.

For the last six or eight years he has added every spring the most liberal collections from our best catalogues, and last fall I told him I thought he had so well filled his grounds that be could afford to rest on his laurels for a year or two. But no: this spring he presents large invoices from Europe of rarer and more costly plants than before, and he has made abundant room for them all. A few words as to the manner by which this was done.

On one or two of the abrupt terraces, in little nooks around the summer-houses, he has elaborated the finest specimens of rock work that it has been my fortune to see in this country. In a marvellously small space of ground he has provided sittings for three thousand plants, and already those seats are pretty well occupied.

A part of the rock work was arranged for plants that love the deep, dense shade; a little further on a little sunlight was admitted, while further along still it was arranged for the bright children of the sun - for such as could luxuriate in his densest rays. One portion of the soil was deep and rich, adapted to plants that love such liberal treatment; another portion not so rich or so deep, and another part with only a little leaf mould and rock crevice for such as are content with that rare supply.

I cannot undertake to enumerate the plants I saw, or even the rarest but as a somewhat liberal list may be desirable in this connection, I will say that I admired the fine healthy specimens of Farfugium grande, Berberis Darwinii, Japan Berberry, Bambusa falcata or Himalayan Bamboo, Double White and Yellow Furze, Clematis viticella, venosa, and purpurea, and Clematis lanugenosa pallida, Chusan Palm, Alpine Pinks, Campanula alpini, Sempervirens (4 var.), Sedums in var.,Itea Virginica, Spergula pilifera. Silver-striped and Gold Privet, New Zealand Flax, Saxifrages, Variegated Juniper, Prince Albert Yew or Cephalotaxus Fortupii, Stauntonia latifolia, Skimmea Japonica, Pampas Grass, Solidagos, Alyssum saxatile with variegated leaves, Aconitum pyrensenm, Aquiligea in var., Asperula odoratus, Corn us, Canadensis, Coronilla minima, Draba eizoides, Epimedium alpinium, Gen-tiana acaulii, Gypsophila prostrata and elegans, Lychnis in var., Oxalis floribunda and rosea, Saponaria, Silene in var., Thymus aznreus, Veronica montana and saxatilis, Spiraea nlmaria variegata, Vincas, etc.

From the wild woods around here I saw he had gathered fine specimens of Ferns, Violets, Columbines, Blood Root, Mosses, Arums, etc. In the basin of one of the ledges of rock work, he has prepared a nice Garden Aquarium, filled with aquatic plants, fishes, etc., with the water running through it. I have made my list so long that I will not speak of the abundance of healthy fruit-trees, grape-vines, and shrubs, well selected, well trained, and well pruned, which I saw, neither will I enumerate the choice evergreens, trees, and plants which adorn this beautiful place. But I must refer briefly to the large fine borders of magnificent Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Andromedas, Hollies, etc., in great variety and beauty, which lie beneath the large, beautiful Tulip Trees and the Oaks, the Hickory and the Chestnut, on the lawns. Few seem to be aware as yet of the splendor of those shrubs when well cultivated in the shade, in a deep border of sand and leaf mould in equal parts.

On the lawns, besides a variety of weeping and variegated trees and plants, I saw a fine large specimen of the Silver-striped Turkey Oak, probably the handsomest in the country; also the Variegated Holly, and the Laurel-leaved, Scotch, American, and English Holly, and the Myrtle-leaved Kalmia. The new Variegated Ivy, the Variegated Cedar, Gold and Silver-striped Chestnut, Variegated Elder and Ash, True Ligustrum Japonica, etc., etc. But I forbear. I think I have by this time at least demonstrated that a small place well tilled is better by far than a large place indifferently cultivated.