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.
No one can look through Mr. Norton's garden without being surprised at the quantity of interesting and useful material he has assembled in such a small compass. In the rear are several very large Apple trees. On one were fine specimens of Hawley and Early Joe; there had been Red Astracan too, but they were gone. A couple of trees of Greenings were like little mountains of foliage and fruit - no trace of a trunk was to be seen; and if there be any, they never see daylight, during the summer season at least. Nearer the house we saw beautiful dwarf Pears, loaded with fruit, besides a melange of flowers - Roses, Petunias, Verbenas, annuals, and such things as are best calculated to keep up a continual gaiety. The dry weather which had prevailed for two long months before our visit, made everything appear to disadvantage, but we were able to see that people who have taste can accomplish much on a very small piece of ground, and at small expense. Mr. Norton lost, last season and this, two of his finest Pear trees by blight - a Glout Morceau and Summer Francreal - the best specimens perhaps in America. A great loss to a small collection.