The Garden Guide

Book: A treatise on the theory and practice of landscape gardening, adapted to North America,1841
Chapter: Section I. Historical Sketches.

Inventory of a virtuoso gardener

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INVENTORY OF A VIRTUOSO GARDENER. Adam and Eve in yew; Adam, a little shattered by the fall of the tree of knowledge in the great storm; Eve and the serpent, very flourishing. Noah's ark in Holly; the ribs a little damaged for want of water. The tower of Babel, not yet finished. St. George, in box; his arm scarce long enough, but will be in a condition to stick the dragon by next April. Edward the Black Prince, in cypress. A pair of giants stunted, to be sold cheap. An old maid of honor, in wormwood. A topping Ben Jonson, in laurel. Divers eminent modern poets, in bays; somewhat blighted. A quick set hog, shot up into a porcupine, by being forgot a week in rainy weather. A lavender pig, with sage growing in his belly.