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.
The regular semi-annual meeting of the Nurserymen's and Tree Planters' Association of Chicago and vicinity was held July 11th in the office of the Western Farm Journal, at Chicago. The President, Mr. Jonathan Periam, occupied the chair.
The association indulged in a long discussion regarding fruit and fruit prospects, the conclusion of which was that in general the fruit crop promises to be good.
A resolution was adopted that the association exhibit as an organization, and that there be a conference with the managers of the Inter-State exhibition with a view to having a series of monthly exhibitions with them. It was also voted that the association exhibit as an organization with the American Pomological Society in Philadelphia, at the Centennial Exhibition, at which space for fifty plates has been secured. The exhibition will be from the 10th to the 15th of September.
The nurserymen present signified their intention to exhibit at the Inter-State exhibition, if suitable arrangements could be made.
Philadelphia, August 4th, 1876.
Hon. A. T. Goshorn, Director General U. S. Centennial Commission.
Sir:- The Judges on Pomological products beg respectfully to report that during the past week the following articles have been added to the Exhibition:
From Gibson & Bennett, of Woodbury, N. J., a large number of plates of early apples, including 13 varieties, but as a collection of early maturing kinds, the exhibition is instructive and commendable. The varieties are Sweet Bough Bevan's Early, Summer Queen, Tatem's Early Red, Strawberry, Red Astrachan, Red Juneating, Starr, Primate, Gardiner, Gravenstein, Summer Rose, and Clonmell Sweet. The same firm had a collection of pears and plums in an immediate condition.
W. Dun Rogers, of Moorestown, N. J., had a small collection of apples and pears. Of these the Red Astrachan deserves especial mention, being nine inches in circumference and perfect in form. The Early Strawberry was beautifully colored, and measured 7 1/2 inches around.
Mr. Abraham Barker, of Philadelphia, Pa., pears - the Bloodgood, Dearborn's Seedling, and Beurre Giffard. The last were extra fine specimens of this variety, measuring four inches long and three inches wide, and four weighing over one pound.
Col. Mears, of Bermuda, through Mr. Outer-bridge, of Philadelphia, exhibited a remarkably fine "Californian" squash, rivaling some of our largest pumpkins in size. Its weight is said to be 115 pounds.