Epping Forest

This tract of 5928 acres of land near London, once a forest but now a forest no more in the strict sense of the term, has been set apart by the corporation of the city of London to be uninclosed and unbuilt on, as an open space for the enjoyment and recreation of the public - that is to say a. sort of public park forever. This is a large tract, and shows the English people to be widely awake to the necessity for rational recreation for the people.

Fringed Gentian

A correspondent inquires whether anyone ever succeeded in raising the fringed gentian from seed?

Propagating Clematises, Etc

A. P. B., Foxboro, Mass., asks: "What is the best way to propagate Clematis, and also Ampelopsis Veitchii?"

[For those who want but a few plants, the best mode is to layer a few branches in the ground. Those who grow largely root graft, using Clematis flammula chiefly for roots. All the species of Ampelopsis are easily raised from cuttings. - Ed. GM].

Variegated Orange Tree

At a recent meeting of the Florida State Agricultural Soci-ety, Mr. I. Bidwell, of the Arlington nurseries, exhibited a noble specimen of the variegated orange, which had the fruit as well as the leaves of various colors. It was good to eat, and beautiful to look upon.

Geranium Esther Lee

This is an American seedling. The particular merit lies in the peculiarity of the leaf which belongs to the zonale class. Instead of the usual brown zouale markings the leaf is made distinct from any ! other variety by the dark zone being wider and almost jet black, giving the plant a most interesting and unique appearance.

A New Race Of Fuchsias

In Mr. H. Can-nell's "Illustrated Floral Guide," just received, we find among many very interesting things an account of Fuchsia "Erecta Yon Novelty," the flowers of which are erect instead of pendulous as generally seen. It is thus described:

"Remarkably novel and distinct variety, tube and sepals stained with white, sepals broad and well reflexed, corolla light pink, margined with rose; free bloomer, habit strong and branching; flowers erect and well above the foliage".

Kieffer's Hybrid Pear

W. F. H., writes: "Please inform me through the Gardener's Monthly, if the Kieffer's Hybrid Pear is the same as LeCompte offered by P. J. Berckmans and H. H. Sanford, of Georgia, and the same as described by S. S. Parsons in the Monthly last year, as Chinese Sand Pear of Thomasville, Georgia".

[The Chinese Sand Pear is one of the parents of Kieffer's Hybrid, which so far as we know is the only hybrid known between the Chinese Sand Pear and our common garden pear. - Ed. g. m].