This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
MR. W. Robinson, of London, England, an associate editor of The Field, and the author of that successful volume, " Parks, Promenades and Gardens of Paris," visited us the early part of October, and spent a few hours of pleasant conversation. He is now visiting our principal American cities, wherever our best examples of American park, garden or landscape work can be seen, and hence to California. In an article written to Hearth and Home, on his impression of the character of our horticulture, he expresses himself delighted with the wonderful abundance and size of our fruit.
"It is difficult for me to say how much I like your noble country. I think I am more enthusiastic about its capabilities than most Americans. Your fine scenery, vast tracts of fertile and well-cultivated land, noble rivers, and beautiful billy tracts, such as those in many parts of Pennsylvania,' and your fine flora, from oaks to gentians, have afforded me much pleasure and interest.
" Although I heard many grumble in America, at the climate as unfavorable for gardening, I think it a beautiful one for this purpose. You complain of having endured the hottest summer known for many years, and folks say to me, 'You have come the worst possible time to see our gardens;* but to my surprise, I see your forest trees retaining their verdure as late as, if not later than they do in 'green England.' And I have frequently seen lawns in England, in dry seasons, browner than any of yours".