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.
A few days since, in passing through the pretty village of Warren, the capital of Warren county, Pennsylvania, I was forcibly, not to say painfully, struck by the utter want of taste and judgment displayed by some of the residents, in the matter of ornamental tree planting. In some of the instances referred to, evergreens were planted in the immediate front of the houses, and so near to them that, although they had obtained only a partial growth, the branches had already intruded themselves into the verandah, thereby not only inconveniencing the residents, but presenting anything else rather than a handsome appearance, and. threatening, in the course of a few years, to almost entirely exclude the sunlight from that portion of the premises. Many old residences are open to similar objections. No greater error in taste, or in the important matter of health, can be committed than this. Trees, however beautiful, should never be planted so near the house as to bar out the sunshine. There is no more effectual method of destroying their beauty, nor a better plan for introducing disease. I have known houses, thus crowded upon by trees of dense foliage, that became so unhealthy as to be regarded as almost untenable.
They were restored to fitness for human habitation by removing a portion of the trees that obstructed the sunlight and the free circulation of the air. Another error in ornamental tree planting is the setting of trees of large growth in small yards, and especially, as is frequently done in cemetery lots. Just as lofty mountains dwarf adjacent hills, so large trees have the effect of lessening to the eye the size of small yards or small buildings. It is sound and seasonable counsel, therefore, to advise all persons who are about to plant ornamental trees adjacent to dwellings, or in small yards or gardens, to have an eye to taste and health. Let them be in keeping, in point of size, with the building or plot they are intended to beautify; and, moreover, let the planting be not so close as to shut out the blessed light of the health-giving sun - Journal of the Farm.
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