III. Gardening in North America
840. The gardening of North America is necessarily that of Europe, and, as is the case of other arts in every new country, the useful departments are more generally cultivated than the ornamental. B. M'Mahon, in his American Kalendar, says, 'America has not yet made that rapid progress in gardening, ornamental planting, and fanciful rural designs, which might naturally be expected from an intelligent, happy, and independent people, possessed so universally of landed property, unoppressed by taxation or tithes, and blessed with consequent comfort and affluence.' (Pref.) We shall notice the state of the art under the usual arrangement.