This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
It is very hard to keep horticultural societies together under the old system of personal competition. Sooner or later the valuable collection of Jones are withdrawn, because the unfortunate committee decided Smith's were better. Time and again have we called attention to this and insisted that the premiums should be awarded for inherent and not competitive merit. Let premiums be given because the specimens are the best the committee ever saw, and not because they are better than Smith's, and let them be compelled to point out in their reports in what particulars the rewarded articles excel. Then the reports would be worth something to everybody. As it is the reports are worth little but waste paper. We often wish we could help some of these societies by giving their reports a wide circulation. But what is the use as it is? Before us is a report of a society in the success of which we take much interest. It tells us that A. had " a fine" Erica; B. "a fine" Cherozema; C. "fine Carnations;" D."fineOranges;" E. "fineTulips;" F. "fine" roses; G. "a neat collection" of cut flowers, and H. simply " a dish " of Mushrooms.
To those who attend the meetings, the information is stale; to those who do not, it conveys nothing.