Nursery, in horticulture, a piece of land selected for raising or propagating plants and trees, with a view to supply both gardens and plantations.

As we state, under distinct heads, the mode of cultivation to be adopted in the rearing of plants, both when in the nursery, and also after their removal to the spot where they are intended to remain, we shall at present commnunicate a few general hints and directions.

I. A nursery ought to be situated contiguously to the dwelling-house, that it may be conveniently inspected in every season : it should likewise be in the vicinity of a brook, or rivulet, in order that there may be a constant supply of water, during the hot days of summer.

II. If it be intended for timber -trees, Miller advises the nursery to be formed on the ground which is designed for the future plantation, so that a sufficient number may be suffered to stand, when the others have been removed.

III. The ground appropriated to flowers, ought to be exposed to the south, but at the same time shel - tered from strong winds, either by means of trees, or of buildings. - The soil should be light and dry, especially for bulbous-rooted plants.

IV. With respect to fruit-trees : 1. The soil ought to be fresh, rather dry than moist, and not richer than that into which they are final ly to be transplanted. 2. It should be carefully inclosed, to exclude hares, rabbits, and all other animals that infest young plantations ; after which the ground must be diligently cleared from all weeds, and trenched to the depth of about two feet, in the month of August, so that the nursery may be ready for the reception of the young stocks, in October. 3. On the approach of the planting season, the trenches must be filled up, the soil be laid as level as possible, and divided into equal quarters, which ought likewise to be subdivided into beds, wherein may be sown the seeds or stones of the fruit intended to be reared. - Last ly, when a sufficient number of stocks is obtained, they must be removed into; such soils, and exposed to such situations, as the nature of each fruit may require.