No Horticultural Society in America at all nearly equals that of Massachusetts in wealth or in the amount awarded in premiums. For 1876 the prizes will amount to $6,800, of which $3,200 are for plants and flowers, $2,100 for fruits, $1,200 for. vegetables, $300 for gardens, greenhouses, etc.

Special prizes for Essays offered :

For the best Essay upon the Culture and varieties of Roses, $25.

For the best Essay upon the Culture of Flowers and Foliage for Winter Decoration and the Market, with a list of the most desirable varie-ties, $25.

For the best Essay upon the culture of the Squash and Melon, with a list of the best varieties, $25.

For the best Essay upon the Ripening and Marketing of Pears, $25.

For the best Essay upon the Improvement and Ornamentation of Suburban and Country Roads, $25.

The Essays to be sent to the Committee on Publication and Discussion, Horticultural Hall, Boston, so as to be received by the first of November, in sealed envelopes, unsigned, but accompanied by the name of the writer in a separate sealed envelope. Notice will be given to successful competitors of the time for reading their Essays.

All the Society's prizes are open to general competition. William C. Strong,

Chairman of Committee on Publication and Discussion.