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The summer floral fite of the Glasgow and West of Scotland Horticultural Society took place on Tuesday the 2d May, in the City Hall, Glasgow, and was an extremely successful exhibition.
The prizes offered were for house plants, cut flowers, bouquets, Grapes, and vegetables. The chief contributions to the show were the collections of plants from Mr Peter Denny of Helenslee. Dumbarton (Mr John Sutherland, gardener), and from Mr Thomas Coates of Ferguslie (Mr William Dickson, gardener). A fine specimen of the Fan Palm ornamented the centre of the Ferguslie collection, and at each end of the table was a specimen of the Thief Palm. The plants were all exceedingly well grown and beautifully arranged. The Helenslee collection included the finest foliage plant in the exhibition - a magnificent Croton; and another commanding object was a splendid specimen of the Cyathea dealbata, admired for the beautiful white shading of its foliage. Messrs J. & R. Thyne, Woodside Nurseries, contributed an elegant assortment of plants. Messrs Smith & Simons were also forward in excellent style; and on the platform a large and varied assortment of plants was exhibited from the Botanic Gardens. Among the general collections, foliage Geraniums were specially attractive, particularly the Castlemilk assortment, which again carried off the prize. The Ferns and Heaths were well grown, even the rarest varieties.
Tulips were not very remarkable, the season having been much against them, but the first prize lot for twelve blooms, shown by Mr David Draper, Falkirk, were well deserving the honour awarded them. Mr Rennie's second and third lots were also meritorious. Cut Rhododendrons were a small show, and several of them were past the bloom.
Azaleas and Fuchsias were pretty well represented. Pansies, though they have not had a good season, were an excellent competition, and Mauchline and New-milns again divided the chief honours. There was a large and attractive collection of both table and hand bouquets, and, as usual, a committee of ladies was appointed to judge the merits of these. In the small hall, Air Methven, gardener to Colonel Campbell of Blythswood, contributed a richly assorted table of plants, crowned with a beautiful specimen of the Cycas revoluta. Mr Robertson of the Albert Gardens was also a large and meritorious contributor. The competition with four varieties of Orchids was gained by Mr Hogg with Cattleya mossiss, Vanda teres, and other fine specimens. The vegetables, though not a large show, were good, there being some remarkably fine Rhubarb, and some well-grown Pease and new Potatoes.
[We were disappointed in procuring a list of the prizes awarded on the above occasion, and give the above notice from a contemporary. - Ed].