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E. Brande, Esq. in the chair. Messrs. Veitch of Exeter exhibited a beautiful Medinilla. It measured four feet high and as much through, and from the ends of the branches hung down large panicles of rosy-pink flowers. It was stated to be a plant of easy management, and is altogether one of the handsomest stove-shrubs we have received for some time. A large silver medal was awarded it. - Mr. Plumbly, gardener to E. J. Dimsdale, Esq., received a Banksian medal for four large Heaths. - Messrs. Jackson of Kingston shewed a nice light-coloured seedling Camellia, named Countess of Ellesmere, of which we have given a coloured plate; and Mr. Ambrose of Battersea had a variety of Azalea Gledstanesii, called Magnifica. - Mr. Henderson of the Wellington-Road Nursery had several small plants of Cantua bicolor; and along with them a light-coloured continental Gloxinia, called Frederick Leming. - Messrs. Rollisson of Tooting produced Epimedium pinnatum, a double-flowered dark purple Auricula, a well-flowered Dendrobium macro-phyllum, a good Oncidium sphacelatum, and Mr. Lowe's Cypri-pedium (C. Lowei), a beautiful variety of this curious genus.
A Banksian medal was awarded. - Mr. Glendinning of the Chiswick Nursery received a certificate of merit for a seedling Heath, a cross between E. Hartnelli and E. aristata. - Messrs. Loddiges sent a pink-spotted Trichopilia from Costa Rica, for which a certificate of merit was awarded. - Mr. Williams, gardener to C. B. Warner, Esq., produced Oncidium tetrapetalum, Saccolabium denticulatum, Bate-mannia Colleyi, Ccelogyne cristata, and the long-tailed Cypripedium (C. caudatum). A certificate of merit was awarded. - A branching cut spike of Ansellia africana was exhibited from Chatsworth. - Mr. Brown produced one of his fumigators. From the garden of the Society came Dielytra spectabilis, a beautiful Chinese plant which is expected to prove hardy; Boronia tetrandra, a species in the way of B. pinnata, and sold in the nurseries under the name of B. microphylla; Nutallia cerasiformis, a green-flowered Californian shrub of no beauty; some Cinerarias; the sweet-scented Rhynchosperrnum jasminoides; and other plants.
R. S. Streatfield, Esq. in the chair. Messrs. Veitch exhibited a new and promising Clianthus from New Holland, which we should like to see again. It had brilliant red flowers and a grey-coloured foliage. A larg silver medal was awarded it. With it was the beautiful Dendrobium Farmerii. - Mrs. Lawrence sent a fine plant of Cattleya Skinneri, the same pink-spotted Trichopilia mentioned before, a pretty small white-flowered Heath called Nitida, and the Chinese Enkianthus reticulatus. A Banksian medal and a certificate wtre awarded. - A long cut spike of a new brown-coloured Oncidium was shewn by Sir P. G. Egerton, Bart.; and Mr. Lane of Great Berkhampstead had a plant with one flower on it of the rare Warrea discolor. - Mr. Henderson of St. John's Wood sent three Cinerarias; Epimedium colchicum, a pretty yellow-flowered hardy plant; and Ceanothus papillosus, of the merits of which little can be said in its present state. A certificate was awarded. - Azalea " de-lecta," a very large bright rose-flowered kind, which received a certificate, was shewn by Messrs. Fairbairn of Clapham; and Mr. Ayres of Blackheath had a small but well-flowered Pimelea Verschaffeltii. A certificate was awarded. - Messrs. Henderson of Pine-Apple Place sent Siphocampylus Manettiseflorus, a pretty greenhouse plant; some nice Cinerarias, the best of which were, Adela Villiers; Gran-dissima, a good blue; Cerito; and Madame Sontag, small but pretty, white tipped with blue, and dark disc.
Also an interesting collection of Hyacinths, which were much admired, and three small blue-flowered New Holland plants of little moment. A Banksian medal awarded. - There were some nice examples of wax flowers from Mrs. Temple of Connaught Terrace, Hyde Park. Among plants from the Society's garden, that which pleased us most was the double white-flowered Chinese Peach, which is hardy, and certainly a very fine thing. As it flowers early, its blossoms are, however, all the finer for a little protection from the cold nights of spring.