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.
The beauty of a village, as every person of taste is aware, does not depend on its showy buildings so much as on its trees. Any place properly ornamented with trees is handsome; without them the most costly architecture is bare and unattractive. The inhabitants of Union Springe, a thriving village on the banks of Cayuga Lake, resolving to profit by these truths, formed an association, with the following regulations in substance: - Each member pays an admission fee of one dollar, which is applied in procuring and setting out trees in such places as the owners are unable or unwilling to plant - any additional sum from a member is expended in planting trees, at cost, along his own grounds or where he may direct.
The admission fee of the association amounted in the first place to some forty or fifty dollars - a part of which was from day laborers to be expended in work. The executive committee, after exploring the adjacent country, found a fine natural nursery of maples and other native trees, which they secured at five dollars per hundred. They were dug with (he roots, (the roots are commonly cut off in such oases), and several teams were despatched for them. Over six hundred trees have been thus procured at a small cost, and have been placed along the streets; and if half of them grow and flourish, they will increase the market value of the lots they adorn at least ten times the amount of the expenditure.
This may not be the best mode, in every particular, of accomplishing so desirable an object; but it may furnish hints fur an improved mode of proceeding in other places. It will be perceived that in all such cases, cattle most be excluded from the streets. - Country Gentleman.