This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Many of the most successful European exhibitions are held on the beautiful grounds of some tasteful amateur patron of the art, and the desire to have a good day with friends, examining the pretty landscape, has much to do with the success of the exhibition. The poet, Tennyson, has magnificent grounds on the Isle of Wight, and he is also the president of a horticultural society there. The meeting was held on his grounds. No less than 650 persons competed for premiums, which alone shows the widespread love of the English people for gardening. Admission to the grounds was fixed at sixpence, and an immense number paid it.