This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The Sixth Annual Meeting of the Kansas Horticultural Society took place at Houston, on July 21st and 22d, under the auspices of President A. Whitaker. From the reports we judge there must be great horticultural activity in Texas. A silver tea set, valued at $125, for the best floral display, was taken by Dr. Perl; our correspondent Mrs. Byers taking the second set, valued at $75. Mrs. Byers seems to have been very lucky in floral premiums, as we notice as awarded to her, " a lady's hat, valued at $15; a silver cup, valued at $5;" and others of a similar character. The value of the numerous premiums awarded generally ranged from $5 to $50. Among the plants exhibited we note that Palms, Coleus, Caladiums, Crotons, Gloxinias, Hibiscus, Begonias, Fuchsias, Ferns and Geraniums were most popular. Among the fruits, Figs, Oranges, Lemons and hothouse Grapes, receive frequent mention.
The exhibit of pears of Master Willie Fielding was acknowledged by all to be the finest specimens of this fruit ever exhibited in the State, the varieties represented being the Louise Bonne de Jersey, Clapp's Favorite, Beaurre Clairgeau, Duchesse d'Angouleme, Howell, Beurre Griffin, Beurre Deil, Beurre Superfine, and Beurre Gif-fard. He received the premium offered for the best specimens of this fruit.
In regard to the best agricultural industries of Texas, Mr. Whitaker said in his address:
" It seems incontestable that the sugar cane is, and will be in the future, the most reliably profitable of any farm industry on and below this parallel of latitude. I therefore suggest that you use your beat influences to introduce its culture on every farm, with the certain assurance that by the day that a surplus is accumulated, central sugar factories will be established at accessible points to receive and handle the same".