Arboretum et fruticetum britannicum Volume 1; or, The trees and shrubs of Britain, native and foreign, hardy and half-hardy, pictorially and ... their propagation, culture, management, an

 
9781236190338: Arboretum et fruticetum britannicum Volume 1; or, The trees and shrubs of Britain, native and foreign, hardy and half-hardy, pictorially and ... their propagation, culture, management, an

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1838 Excerpt: ...at Washington. We do not, however, expect this to be done; for, in the progress of civilisation and refinement in every country, there are many much more important points to be attended to than the culture of trees and shrubs. With a view both to introduction into any particular country, and equalisation in all similar countries, the first thing that ought to be done, after the indigenous plants of the country are clearly determined, is to assemble, in one garden in the given country, all those of all other similar countries, with a view to determining what they are. Thus, in the case of trees and shrubs, all those mentioned in the preceding lists as being foreign, with reference to the trees and shrubs of Britain, ought to be assembled and proved in one grand British national garden; and the same thing ought to be done in a similar garden in every other country. The idea may be thought chimerical; but it is hard to say what will not be done by nations, when they come to cultivate with ardour the arts of peace and of refinement. The cooperation of individuals attached to the same pursuit may, in the mean time, contribute much to the advancement of that pursuit; and hence, though in the neighbourhood of London it might be difficult or impossible, to induce the metropolis or the government to form an arboretum of 150 acres in extent, so as to exhibit in it all the species of trees and shrubs of temperate climates, that will grow with us in the open air; yet, if the proprietors of a certain number of estates within ten miles of London were to agree each to form a collection of the species or varieties of a particular genus, and to allow these to be examined by botanists, the same result would be obtained, at least as to accuracy of nomenclature, as if the whol...

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