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Blurb: “WITH ELEVEN PLANS DRAWN BY ALLEN H. COX, AND NEARLY THREE HUNDRED REPRODUCTIONS OF ORIGINAL PHOTO.
GRAPHS AND DRAWINGS BY THE AUTHOR.
Nature supplies the living material, and this is the best part of a garden; craft can vary its growth, art can accentuate and frame its charm, but its ever changing beauty is the gift of God.
In the world's history horticulture as a craft has never before reached its present state of perfection, and has never included such an amazing variety of trees, shrubs, and plants. The scientific spirit of the age has impelled botanists to seek new specimens at the ends of the earth and to naturalize the most far-fetched exotics on English soil. But if all this wealth of vegetation, indigenous and outlandish, is to answer other than practical and scientific purposes, it must be taken in hand by art as well as by craft and science. To give the utmost pleasure to people neither horticulturists nor botanists, a collection of plants, forming a garden, should be treated as an artistic composition.”