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Art. I. Retrospective Criticism. OUR Notes on Highclere. (Vol. X. p. 258.) -- My dear Sir, I have wondered very much why you, in your account of Highclere, should state so many untruths, which may be so easily detected. You say that Lord Caernarvon has not laid out more than 201. on nursery plants during the last twenty years. The fact is, Lord Caernarvon has paid me for nursery plants, in the last fourteen years, more than 1601. The next charge you make is, that more has been charged for American plants by nurserymen than many gentlemen can afford to give. How or where you conceived such an idea, it is difficult to imagine. Now, my dear Sir, it was easy for you to know that American plants are raised in immense quantities in this country from one end of it to the other, at very low prices, less than half what Mr. Carr of Philadelphia, and other American nurserymen, charge for them. You know also that so many are raised, and by so many people, that it is impossible to sustain an exorbitant price. So much for that. [These statements were made on the authority of Robert Gowan, Esq. We did not publish them during Mr. Malcolm's lifetime, lest it might have led to something unpleasant ; but as Mr. Malcolm made the statements generally known among the trade, we have always intended the paragraph for publication in our own justification.]
Now, the third and last statement which you make is equally devoid of truth ; viz. that nurserymen have multiplied tenfold during the last thirty years. This I deny; and can prove that a decrease of more than one half has taken place in that time. It is capable of proof that more than 1000 acres of nursery land have been cleared in the tiine alluded to, from several of the proprietors being in insolvent circumstances ; and certainly in all the country not 500 acres have been taken into cultivation as nursery ground instead.
Nursery Land cleared about London during the last Thirty Years. Harrison and Co., nearly 40 acres ; insolvent. Coleman, 30 acres ; insolvent. Brooks, 30 acres; insolvent. Lee, Hounslow, 40 acres. Malcolm, Stock, 40 acres ; Gray, 15 acres ; Whitley, Brompton, 20 acres. Besides Drivers, Mitchelson, Middlemust, North, Hay, Townley, and Townley, Watson, and Co.
In the Country. George Lindley, Northwich, 50 acres; insolvent. Smith, Manchester, 60 acres; insolvent. Philipson, Cottingham, 50 acres ; insolvent. Hunter, Birmingham, 40 acres ; insolvent. Ordoyne, Newark, 35 acres ; insolvent. Tindall, Beverley, 30 acres ; insolvent. Elliott, Newcastle, 30 acres ; insolvent. Latham, 40 acres ; insolvent. Talla has 50 acres less. Pontefract, 40 acres. Besides Swallow, Cree, Clark, Keswick, &c. &c.
Now, what new grounds are laid down as nurseries? Knight and Dennis, King's Road; some acres at Woking, Godalming, Southampton, Plymouth, and Chester : but all these, together, will not muster half the number of acres that are thrown out of cultivation. Scotland is retrograding also. The 100 acres of Hawick are much reduced; so are Aberdeen and Edinburgh. So much for prosperity !- William Malcolm. Kensington, June 6. 1831.
Errata.- Delete Beatònia atràta Herb., and the description, in p. 624.
In p. 581., line 24. from bottom, for “ Cumberland,” read “Westmoreland."
See also p. 89., p. 90., and p. 459.
AGRICULTURAL improvement on the estates of Botanical, Floricultural, and Arboricultural no.
tices, 445. 499. 614.
Bread, an imperishable sort, 648.
Broccoli, culture of, 543.
Camellias, their hardiness supposed to be in.
Carrot, culture of, 545.
Caulifowers, culture of, 433.
Celery, culture of, 431.
articles in the Magazine, relative to, 329. 379
-Letter IV. House for New Holland plants, and planting of, 142; working and management
ing funerals, 292; design for one of moderate
only two rooms, 52.
of Hamilton, 327.
Draining, price of, with tiles, in Northampton-
Draining-pipes made by a machine, 675.
Duvaủa longifolia, notice of, 669.
East Hampstead Park, 690.
Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, hints for
the improveinent of, 285.
ments in, 650.
Kensington Gardens, the naming of trees and
shrubs in, 649.
Kent, the Landscape Gardener, answer to query
Kew Gardens, notice of the improvements there,
Labels, best mode of writing, on parchment, 646.
out and planting the, 166. 258. 306. 371. 442. Landscape composition, scenery intended to point
out the errors frequently committed by persons
Landscape-gardening, application of the principle
of the balloon to, 646
Larch, an evergreen one discovered, 92.
Larch, uses of the, 668.
497. 547. 634. 636. 667.701.
Lettuce, culture of, 516.
Literary Notices, 133. 184. 284. 673.
Loudon, J. C., notice of the death of, 679.
larity of, 647
Manures, Professor Henslow's Lectures on, 139.
Melon, Gregson's green flesh, recommended, 84.
ing late, 269
Metropolitan Model Institution for improving
Mice, to destroy, 184
Milne, Mr. John, Nurseryman, his death no.
Mistletoe, notice of, growing on the oak, 86.
Monza, notice of the royal gardens there, 322.
Mushrooms, abundant in 1842,86 ; culture of, 234.
made in endeavouring to propagate it, 642. ing of the Botanical section of the Tower Street,
of, 87; testimonial presented to him, 455.
New Zealand Horticultural Society, notice of,
setshire, Devonshire, and part of Cornwall, 238.
Nurseries. See Table of Contents, p. xiv.
Nuts with a bony shell will germinate the first
year, if the shell be broken, 181.
Oak, notice of a large one, 86; the Hatfield, 668 ;
tion into England, 123.
Onions, culture of, 544.
for zinc, lead, &c., 8).
Oven, Palmer's improved economical American,
Parks and pleasure-grounds, on grouping trees
Parsley, culture of, 692.
Penn, John, Esq., civil engineer, his death no-
Phrenology for gardeners and their patrons, 662.
Physiology, comparative: preliminary remarks, Seeds, result of an experiment to show the proper
191 ; on organised structures in general, 191 depth of covering for grass and clover, S08.
Squirrel, on the habits of, 117. 179.
Steamer, Palmer's universal, recommended, 507.
Strawberry, culture of, 429.
of improved, 327.
Suburban dwellings, design for five, with their
report ,on new or rare ones in British nur.
jun. Dinan, 224; Rennes, 226; Nantes, 997;
plantations, hints to proprietors who intend Lowther Castle in Westmoreland to Exeter in
Devonshire, 581. 688.
Trees, dimensions of, in the grounds of Flitwick
Trees, on disbarking, to increase the durability of
the timber, 181.
ones with a new planting machine, 40; planter, Trees, grouping of, in parks and pleasure-grounds,
many indigenous to North America not yet
gigantic size at Walton Hall, 328.
attack it, 411.
Trees, on transplanting large ones, 43.
Shrubbery, and Flower-garden," 636.
U'lmus fúlva, medical properties of, 84.
some situations, 86.
Verbenas and petunias, number of sorts of, 649.
Vine, on manuring, 619.
Vineyard at Shirley, notice of, 599.
Walks made of asphalte recommended, 452.
tion in the gardens, Kegent's Park, noticed, 578. Wasps, on destroying, 42.
Wire-worm, a trap for, 646.
turpentine distilled from its roots, 137. Worms, lime-water for killing, 90.
END OF THE NINETEENTII AND CONCLUDING VOLUME.
London : Printed by A. SPOTTISWOODE, New-Street-Square.
ART. II. Domestic Notices.
ENGLAND. Bowood, in Wiltshire, the seat of the Marquess of Lansdowne. To all who are fond of garden scenes, in the great style of Brown's finest works, Bowood will afford considerable amusement. The water scenes form the finest features of the place. For one idea, the imitation of a vast river, Blenheim is superior; but as a lake, this has, I think, the advantage ; the expanse of water is more varied ; the accompaniment of hanging woods, varied groves, and cultivated slopes, far richer and more animated. Some scenes are truly Elysian, and present such an assemblage of the richest features of picturesque ground, that I know no place where they may be studied to more advantage. (Young's Annals of Agriculture, vol. viii. p. 79.)
SCOTLAND. Glasgow Cathedral saved by a Gardener.— When the fanatics, in the year 1567, came to pull down the cathedral of Glasgow, a gardener who stood by said: “
My friends, cannot you make it a house for serving your God in your own way? For it would cost your country a great deal to build such another.” The fanatics desisted ; and it is the only cathedral in Scotland that remains entire, and fit for service. (Earl of Buchan's Life of Andrew Fletcher, p. 41.)
ART. III. Obituary. Died, at King Street, Kilmarnock, Mr. Robert Lymburn, Nurseryman there, who has for some time back been a valuable contributor to this Magazine. When a very young lad, he was for a considerable time an assistant in Mr. Henderson's academy, Kilmarnock. For two years afterwards he was an assistant in an attorney's office; he was then employed for several years as a clerk in Kilmarnock bank, which he had to leave on account of bad health, much against the wish of the managers, who offered to double his salary if he would remain. He then worked for two years in Mr. Gemmel's nursery, Kilmarnock ; afterwards for some time in that of Messrs. Dykes and Gentles there ; then for a short time in Eagle and Henderson's, Edinburgh ; he then went to Mr. Malcolm's, London. Some time after this his father entered into partnership with Mr. Foulds, under the firm of Messrs. Foulds and Lymburn, when he was called home to take charge of the nursery department of the business ; at his father's death he withdrew his share, and became sole manager for Mr. Foulds, where he continued till the beginning of May last. On the 23d of October he entered into partnership with Mr. Dreghorn, who had been shopman with Mr. Foulds for fourteen years. The following notice of his death appeared in the Kilmarnock Journal; the same Paper containing an advertisement of his entering into business. The writer of this notice is not aware who inserted it ; but, in his opinion, it gives a fair and impartial estimate of Mr. Lymburn's character
“Mr. Lymburn had been subject to palpitation of the heart for some time past, but had gone to bed in his usual health, and he was found on the morning of the 31st of October, by his friends, dead, but still warm ; all attempts at resuscitation proving completely useless. Mr. Lymburn, who was about fifty years of age, was a man of extensive acquirements in anatomical and physiological botany, and in the principles of chemistry, as applicable to horticulture and agriculture. He was a frequent contributor to Loudon's Gardener's Magazine, the Gardener's Chronicle, and the Journal of Agricultural Chemistry, to which he sent many valuable communications. For many years past he devoted himself to experiments in practical agricul