Kew gardens; or, A popular guide to the Royal botanic gardens of Kew (Google eBook)

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1847
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Page 38 - The fig-tree, not that kind for fruit renown'd, But such as, at this day, to Indians known, In Malabar or Decan spreads her arms, Branching so broad and long, that in the ground The bended twigs take root, and daughters grow About the mother tree, a pillar'd shade, High overarch'd, and echoing walks between...
Page 16 - ... (twenty-six feet from the ground), a similar release was needed by the other. The rate of growth then most sensibly diminished ; still, in two months the flower-stalks had attained a height of thirtysix feet ! The flowers were innumerable on the great panicles : they produced no seed, but were succeeded by thousands of young plants, springing from the topmost branches, and these continued growing for a long while after the death of the parent plants, both of which perished, apparently from exhaustion.
Page 41 - Alarm'd she trembles at the moving shade ; And feels alive through all her tender form, The whisper'd murmurs of the gathering storm ; Shuts her sweet eyelids to approaching night, , And hails with freshen'd. charms the rising light.
Page 6 - Kewensis," of which a new and enlarged edition was given to the world by his son, Mr. William T. Aiton. In this work, originally issued in 1789, is given an account of the several foreign plants which had been introduced into the English gardens at different times, amounting to 5,600 in number ; and so much was it esteemed that the whole impression was sold off within two years. Mr. Aiton did not long survive this publication, for he died in 1793, in the sixtythird year of his age, and lies buried...
Page 8 - A national garden ought to be the centre round which all minor establishments of the same nature should be arranged. . . . From a garden of this kind Government would be able to obtain authentic and official information on points connected with the founding of new colonies ; it would afford the plants there required, without its being necessary, as now, to apply to the officers of private establishments for advice and assistance.
Page 1 - So sits enthroned in vegetable pride Imperial Kew by Thames's glittering side ; Obedient sails from realms unfurrow'd bring For her the unnamed progeny of spring...
Page 40 - The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones ; the sycamores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars.
Page iii - Soft roll your incense, herbs, and fruits, and flowers, In mingled clouds to Him, whose sun exalts, • Whose breath perfumes you, -and whose pencil paints.
Page 6 - Aitón, and the able exertions of his foreman (now the curator) , Mr. John Smith. Throughout the country an opinion existed, which soon began to be loudly expressed, that either the Gardens should be entirely abolished or placed upon a very different footing, and rendered available, as a great popular yet scientific establishment, for the advantage of the public.
Page 8 - Medicine, commerce, agriculture, horticulture, and many valuable branches of manufacture, would derive much benefit from the adoption of such a system. From a garden of this kind, government would be able to obtain authentic and official information on points connected with the founding of new colonies: it would afford the plants...

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