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.
As already noted in our magazine, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society had but a comparatively small interest in the magnificent Horticultural Hall of Philadelphia, which was owned by a stock company, the Society being one of the stockholders. It was recently sold at sheriff's sale, and bought for a little less than $75,000 by Mr. W. L. Schaffer. Mr. S. bought it that the Horticultural Society might not be deprived of its home, and has generously announced that the Society shall have free use of it on all occasions.
To mark their appreciation of this generous act, a series of resolutions, beautifully engrossed and elegantly framed, were presented to Mr. Schaffer on the 9th inst.
Major-General Robert Patterson, now in his eighty-ninth year, and one of the former presidents, made the presentation speech, comment-ng on the munificence of Mr. Schaffer, and the honor the horticulturists of Philadelphia were conferring on themselves by honoring such a generous public spirit. Mr. Thomas Meehan followed in a brief address, alluding to Mr. Schaffer's well known unostentatious manner of doing good, and expressing the opinion that, gratified as every one must be at the generous deed, and pleased as he was sure Mr. S. must be at this public acknowledgement thereof, every one knew that in the pleasure of doing the good act he felt an ample reward.
Mr. A. W. Harrison handed the testimonial, which is incased in a handsome walnut frame, is signed by Messrs. Robert Buist and Samuel W. Noble, Vice-Presidents: Caleb Cope, Robert Patterson and J. E. Mitchell, ex-Presidents; Thomas Meehan, Corresponding Secretary: Thomas P. James, Professor of Botany: A. W. Harrison, Recording Secretary and Treasurer; James C. Booth, Professor of Horticultural Chemistry; J. J. Rath von, Professor of Entomology, and by the chairmen of all the different committees for 1880. It expresses the grateful acknowledgement by the Society of Mr. Schaffer's kindness, the high regard entertained for him personally, and its appreciation of the admirable manner in which for years he has presided over its affairs.
This Society has resumed its old plan of monthly meetings. The March meeting was a great success. The meetings in future will be held March, April, May, October and November. The novelties of the day will thus have a chance to be made known.
The following is the report of Floral Committee for March: " Your committee on plants and flowers respectfully report that upon this, the first occasion of a revival, after many years, of the former custom of monthly displays, a very attractive and instructive exhibit was made by some of our leading florists, who have thus testified their devotion to the interests of the Society by contributing without expectation of reward, no premiums being offered on this occasion.
"Mr. Buist presented a fine collection of named Coleus and thirteen varieties of his own seedlings of 1880; also Cyclamens of great variety and beauty: Cineraria giganteum of very large and abundant bloom; Azaleas and other plants, all of high quality.
"From Henry A. Dreer came a collection of his Hybrid Seedling Coleus of the most varied and brilliant hues, and containing many singular and graceful forms of foliation, an exhibit unsurpassed in the history of the Society. Hugh Graham & Co. contributed a collection of decorative plants of much beauty and in fine condition. Mr. Robert Scott made a welcome display of Azaleas, of rich and abundant bloom and pleasing variety of color. Mr. John Bell brought an assortment of cut flowers of hardy and cold frame plants, which proved very attractive to our guests, among them three varieties of Hellebore and the Mahonia ja-ponica, whose fragrance rivals that of the rose. LaRoche & Stahl offered a handsome basket of graceful proportions and design. A. & J. Ma-guigan gave variety to the tables by a display of choice tropical fruit. We congratulate the Society upon the success of its first revival of the monthly displays, so popular in former days".
The second of the revived monthly meetings of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society was held on April 19th, and with much success. Azaleas were the chief attractions. Dreer's New Coleus: decorative plants from John Dick: hardy herbaceous plants from John Bell; floral designs from Eisele Bros., and Kift & Sons, and new geraniums from R. Buist, made up the bulk of the exhibits. A. & J. McGuigan sent fine specimens of various imported tropical fruits.