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 describing, or, rather, attempting to describe Wodenethe in a former page, we found it impossible, in a limited space, to give an idea of half its beautiess There was one little matter, however, that we must refer to as an ingenious application of a portion of the Horticulturist* In erecting new summer chambers for numerous guests, Mr. S. ingeniously employed some of our colored engravings of fruit to assist the frescoes of the ceilings. Groups of flowers taken from French paper-hangings, form the mam features, and, at the corners, appear conspicuously a pear, plum, or peach, with their rich and correct coloring, forming a very beautiful finish when the whole is covered with a delicate varnish. The conceit worked well in practice, though; we presume, few subscribers would be willing to part these pictures from the volumes where they belong. Mr. Sargent's house is a model on which we may some time descant.
The pomological convention,, at Rochester, is now over; it occurred just as we were going to press. At one time, we thought of delaying our publication, in order to insert its proceedings, but found it would make confusion, and, that the Horticulturist having obtained a reputation of late for punctuality, many readers would be disappointed, and, after all, an imperfect and hurried report would be the result. In our next, we shall endeavor to give the particulars. The next event, in our vicinity, is the National Agricultural Exhibition, at Philadelphia, under the able generalship of Colonel Wilder, respecting which all are now on the tip-toe of expectation of a show to outdo itself. It is a little too much in the horse and cattle line, perhaps, for some, but its completeness in other particulars is expected to redeem this feature, even to those exclusively horticultarally inclined.
Me. Chorltox, on Grapes, receives a flattering notice from the Chronicle, but, as usual, the editor has his fling at America. It says of our grapes: "The process of hybridizing seems to promise advantages, notwithstanding the bad quality, as we think, of the native American grapes. Their mucilaginous pulp, and strong musky or foxy flavor, render them unpalatable here." No doubt, because you' have not half sun enough to ripen them- It would be just as correct to depreciate the pine-apple, because it won't ripen in the open air in that paradise of smoke, London. (See Mr. Chorlton's reply, page 484).