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 our rural cemeteries we usually find too little taste displayed, or attention given to adornment. How often is it the case that cemeteries are entirely destitute of embellishment, except it be here and there some tree, evergreen or other! In some places, we have noticed, the unoccupied ground has been allowed to come in to white birches and other wild shrubs, as well as briars. In one cemetery, we have in mind, a portion of the ground has been allowed to come in to blackberry vines, trailing over the ground; and individuals occupying lots, which they took some interest in keeping in decent order, have been put to considerable expense of time and labor in rooting out and destroying these intruders; but where only one individual works, unless he can have the co-operation of others interested, as also that of the town authorities, whose duty it is to keep our cemeteries in order, the task is a heavy and constant one. Why is it that so many take so little interest in the places of burial of their dead? Let each answer for him or herself.
Some of our cemeteries are laid out and kept in something like fair order, yet there is generally but too little taste in individual embellishment of the graves of friends, although we are free to allow that there is a growing taste for more adornment, individual and general, of our rural cemeteries; and all this is brought about by example, and from observation of the more embellished grounds of our cities and populous places. Now what shall be done or said, to induce our rural people to take greater interest in their cemeteries? We know of no better way than to agitate the subject through our agricultural and family papers, educate individual taste, or, if that is impracticable, appeal to individual pride, from which few will withstand long.