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.
This excellent paper is again upon our table after an absence of months, owing to being misdirected. It is redolent of fruits and flowers, agriculture, tree-planting, and all that relates to home. We learn from it that strong efforts are constantly being made to introduce the best fruits of all countries; occasionally, too, we glean the fact that the inhabitants are beautifying their dwellings, and enjoying to the full the beauties of nature by which they are so easily surrounded by a little care and culture. It is one of our best parishes, and the editor of the Farmer a good vestryman, in whom we recognize a disposition to progress in all that is useful. He discusses the national emblem, which it would be proper to adopt, thus: "'To the ladies of the Mount Vernon Association, then, let the trust be committed of selecting the appropriate badge, or emblem of American freedom; and let it emanate from those who have thus nobly saved to our country and the world that holy ground - the resting-place of George Washington!'
"The above is found in the Horticulturist, and has been copied into many papers throughout the United States with various suggestions; but of all the ' badges for American freedom,' we have found none yet proposed that seems appropriate to so exalted a theme as American free-dom! - embracing Human Liberty; Human Progression; Civil, Political, Religious, aye, Mental Freedom! There is but one tret under Heaven emblematical of this God-breathed spirit; and that tree, the Oak! It is a native of the British Isles, from whence the May-flower sailed. With the early Pilgrims came the spirit of American freedom, and upon the bleak shores of New England was it planted. That spirit of freedom has spread East, West, North, and South. Its watch-fires light up every hill throughout our blessed land; and over all her hills and mountains the Oak is found; its roots have gone deep into the earth, and its broad and spreading branches offer shelter and shade in storm or sunshine. The Oak then for freedom! Its bright, glossy leaves will endure the burning sun, or bear the winter's cold, better than any other known. The Oak is the most appropriate emblem of our love of liberty.
From the Oak are made many of the implements of agriculture and our best machinery - our wagons, carts and carriages roll round upon the Oak, and not a word is spoke for liberty but finds its fellow near the circle, and all will go to the hub in defence of liberty. Give us then a wreath of Oak leaves, as the crowning emblem of American liberty! And when the patriot and statesman has done his duty in his country's cause, bind not his brow with the Poison Ivy, but grace them with the Live Oak! fit emblem of liberty, which is eternal".
(This is excellent, and we shall all be charmed if the ladies of the Mount Vernon Association will decide. - Ed.) '
The Isabella Gray Rose, says the Gardener's Chronicle, a fine double yellow variety, about which and against which so much has been said, is beginning to show her true character and to vindicate her claim to stand in the first rank of beauty.
Mr. Howard Daniels, landscape gardener, of New York, has been employed many months in adorning and improving that beautiful watering-place, the White Sulphur Springs, of Virginia, and all accounts agree that he has, as might have been expected, greatly added to attractions that nature has arranged with so much success, and which is, probably, the most resorted to of any public place of the kind in America.
This is another California friend which we welcome to our " table." The farming interests of California are well cared for by Col. Warren, and we hope he is well cared for in return.