This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
We are apt to complain that so many of our horticultural societies have to introduce music and various other outside attractions in order to make horticultural exhibitions popular enough to pay expenses, - and we are often told they dc things differently in England. But the Gardener's Chronicle tells us it is the same there as here. The real floral exhibition, it says, is thrust into the background, - expensive bands are engaged, athletic sports, sensational performances, pyrotechnic displays, and so forth. The general public, it thinks, are not attracted by the mere love of floral cultivation. The time was when the remarkable heaths, Pelargoniums, and other things like this really attracted thousands, but it seems there, as well as here, there has been too much sameness, and people have tired.