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Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year ending July 1, 1921
Vol. LI (1921)

Toole, William, Sr.
Our Wisconsin native trees,   pp. 126-135 PDF (2.6 MB)

Page 126

The ruffled gladiolus is a new and distinct American type
created by H. C. Kundred of Goshen, Indiana.
By WILLIAM TOOLE, SR_, Baraboo, Wisconsin.
At the recent annual meeting of the Sauk County Country Life
Association, we were told of the thousands of people who vis-
ited our state last summer to enjoy the goods roads and beau-
tiful scenery of "Wisconsin Beautiful." And, it is said, that
the people from other states left thousands of dollars in return
for their appreciation of sojourning within our borders.
These beauties of scenery, of lakes and streams, of hills and
valleys embellished with trees and shrubs, belong to all of us,
for the seeing of beautiful landscapes is free for the enjoyment
of all who are capable of appreciating the grand pictures which
the Creator has designed for us.
We view the pictures on every side and occasionally see an
eminence which has been denuded of trees and shrubs, and, as
we gaze on the bareness, we realize how drear would be the pic-
ture if there were no trees or shrubs to beautify the landscape.
Now that our state legislature has provided for rural plan-
ning committees to direct our attention to the need of saving the
surroundings of natural places of scenic beauty, and perhaps to
educate us to a better appreciation of the decorative uses of the
sylva of our state, it seems that we should become better ac-
quainted with the different species of our native trees.
All through the year we have the beauty of the changing
colors and graceful outline of trees and shrubs on our wooded
hills and by shaded watercourses, While not so distinct in
contrast the changing and various shades of green of the forests
in the spring are fully as charming as the more brilliant splashes
of color given by the ripening of the leaves in autumn. In spring
or fall the practiced eye can tell at a distance the contrasting
shades of oak, maple, hickory and poplar. What an interest is
given to the landscape view by the pines and birches at many
prominent eminences! In the winter what a relief to the eyes
is given by the blending of the dark browns and grays of the
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