The Garden Guide

Book: Landscape Gardening in Japan, 1912
Chapter: Chapter 11. Garden Vegetation

Flower-viewing and picnicking beneath Plum and Cherry blossom

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What has been stated above as to the limited use of deciduous flowering trees and shrubs must not be understood as ignoring the introduction of groves or orchards of such trees. The favourite pastime of "Flower-viewing" and picnicking beneath the blossoms has led to the massing of Plum trees and Cherry trees in public grounds; and a wealthy land-owner will often devote a portion of his park or garden to a similar purpose. Such groves of blossoming trees are placed apart from the general landscape composition. With a similar object, high garden banks are sometimes exclusively devoted to the display of Azalea blossoms.