This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The Gardener's Magazine says:
"Horticultural Exbibitions multiply and prosper in every part of the British Isles. The regions in which they occur but rarely and remotely do not usually lack the needful enthusiasm so much as the neeful material, for in mountainous districts where gardens are few, the people travel far to enjoy the healthy excitement of a flower show. But in the fat lands, and such as may be termed par excellence horticultural districts, the exhibitions interest all classes and create an immense amount of work for the local press, the centres of attraction being near together, and the shows following each other in rapid succession all the summer long. It is an agreeable testimony in favor of their general acceptance and usefulness that it is a quite rare event for the owners of gardens to raise objections to the exhibitions of such subjects as they themselves may desire to place in competion; or, that their gardeners with a view to honor and grist combined, may select to represent both their employers liberality and their own skill.
Occasionally, perhaps, the objection to permit the gardeners to exhibit is the expression of combined indifference and selfishness and exclusiveness; but not unseldom it represents sheer prudence, for it has sometimes happened that the desire to shine at exhibitions has made gardeners careless as to the general keeping and productiveness of the garden - a matter always to be regretted. But all things considered, the good so far and so emphatically exceeds the evil, that the favor in which horticultural exhibitions everywhere enjoy, is fully accounted for. They provide a delightful and instructive recreation for all classes; they spread a taste for horticultural pursuits and encourage a spirit of emulation amongst both amateurs and gardeners. Moreover, they bring to the test of critical comparison the plants, fruits, and flowers that are most valued, as well as the methods that are followed in their production. To such as are willing to learn, an exhibition is as good a school as can be desired, for it consists wholly of object lessons and compels the learner to the Pestalozzian process of analyzing facts and appealing to the moral consciousness for self-made commentaries upon them".