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.
Why can we not introduce them more freely on our lawns for ornamental purposes? A writer in the English Journal of Horticulture thinks that there are few objects more beautiful and interesting during the spring or early summer months, than our common cultivated fruit trees, and there really does not appear to be any good reason why the fruit garden should not constitute a necessary portion of the policy or pleasure grounds of every country mansion. What can be more beautiful than the apple tree, the pear the plum, and the cherry tree, in full flower? And they are in fact exceedingly interesting objects at all seasons. But it rarely happens that they are placed in a position where their beauty can be appreciated and enjoyed. They are too frequently found in the vegetable garden, where they are entirely out of place, unless it be in the form of espaliers or cordons; or they may possibly be found in a somewhat neglected and out-of-the-way locality known as the orchard.
But as an advance or improvement upon this state of things, might not these useful and ornamental trees be cultivated with more pleasure, and at least equal profit, in a tastefully designed garden or compartment by themselves, and forming at the same time an essential part of the pleasure grounds? Clumps or groups of varied forms and dimensions could be formed of pyramidal or otherwise trained apple, pear, plum, and cherry trees, etc., which might be margined by low slender cordons of their respective kinds; while single standard trees of various sorts might, in suitable situations, be allowed to assume their natural habits and dimensions, the whole area to be traversed by winding and comfortable walks, to afford every facility for the examination and enjoyment of the beauty of the various fruits in all stages of their development.