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In the immediate neighbourhood of Nottingham are an immense number of small gardens, occupied and cultivated by all grades of society; and, with a most laudable and praiseworthy feeling, the friends connected with the High-pavement Chapel Boys' Sunday School have purchased two of these enclosures, in each of which is a commodious summer-house. One of these srardens is cultivated by the elder boys, the other by the juniors. Each garden is subdivided into smaller allotments, which are assigned to their respective tenants, boys from ten to fourteen years old, who cultivate and crop them according to their own fancy, a small portion of each being devoted to flowers. The diligence and ability displayed by these youthful gardeners is really astonishing. We have inspected their crops during several past summers, and with truth can say we were highly delighted with them. The onions, lettuce, celery, carrots, potatoes, etc. were excellent, and would vie with the productions of older and more experienced cultivators. Prize gooseberries are also grown; and this year the crops of London, Companion, Gunner, Eagle, etc, were amongst the best we have ever seen, either at Nottingham or elsewhere; in fact, these boys always endeavour to obtain, either of seeds or plants, the best varieties possible.
In connexion with these gardens, and to excite emulation, a vegetable and flower show is instituted. This is held in the school-rooms, at Nottingham, and prizes are given for the best productions in vegetables, as well as for stands of pansies, verbenas, collections of annual and perennial flowers and nosegays, or bouquets, as they are called by some, but we fancy our readers will like the old English name best. These exhibitions of youthful skill and industry are well attended. - Midland Florist. Oct. 1848.
[Inserted at the request of a Correspondent. - Editor].