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.
In addition to our illustrations of landscape in connection with tree planting, there is a very simple mode of making a rapid natural arch in garden or shrubbery walks, which will be appropriate in almost any scene. The trees must be adapted by the charaoter of their branching limbs, and once established at proper points, the limbs are pruned as represented.
Treated in this way, they form umbrageous bowers, and may serve the double purpose of arches over walks and shady retreats; for, having lost their leading branches, they will grow freely into a compact head. Limes, tilia, are suitable for such treatment as well as beech, and even the willows; but elms, maples, and most free-growing trees, will serve the purpose, and become permanent ornaments. Individual taste in the selection and trimming of these arches, may make a great variety; some might be ornamented with Wistarias, and other blooming vines.
We gave last month some cuts of trees so planted and trimmed as to form natural arches. There is abundant room for design in the structure of ordinary timber arches. This used to be done by whalebone. The subjoined cut affords an example of a simple arrangement which may occasionally be introduced with a pleasing effect; the old tree stump beyond combines well with the pointed arch to complete a rustic scene at the crossing of a bridge, &o.
Rochrester, N. Y., February 27,1857.
The Horticultural Society Of the Valley of the Genesee, held it* annual meeting, in this city, on the 6th inst. The following officers for the ensuing year were unanimously elected: President - Wm. A. Reynolds. Vice-Presidents - Austin Pinney, Zera Burr, H. C. White, Selah Mathews, Gbo. Ellwanger, H. N. Langworthy. Recording Secretary - C. W. Seelyb. Corresponding Secretary - H. E. Hooker. Treasurer - Jas. H. Watts. The meeting was very spirited, and we expect the exhibitions of the Society, during the coming season, to excel any previously made.
News has Just reached our ears of the death of our esteemed friend and associate, James H. Watts. He died last evening, February 26, of typhoid fever, after a very short illness.
C. W. Seelye.
To J. J. Smith, Esq.