This section is from the book "The Gardener V1", by William Thomson. Also available from Amazon: The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener.
On this occasion prizes were offered for 6 large flowering Chrysanthemums, the first prize being awarded to Mr Rowe, gardener to Mr Lewis, Rochampton, for Lady Talfourd; Mrs G. Rundle, a lovely white flower; Dr Sharpe, a crimson-flowered reflexed kind, well adapted for pot-culture; Marshal Duroc, Prince of Wales, and Lady Hardinge. These were tied out to that formal shape now so universally condemned, because so destructive of all natural beauty. Mr James, gardener to W. F. Watson, Esq., Isleworth, was second with some upright-grown plants, not quite in flower, yet well bloomed. Mr Forsyth, Brunswick Nursery, Stoke New-ington, was third. The best 6 Pompone varieties came also from Mr Rowe, and comprised Antonius, Queen of Anemones, Calliope, Mons. Astic, and the golden and white forms of Cedo Nulli.
With 24 cut blooms of large-flowering varieties Mr Rowe was also first; Mr Berry, also of Rochampton, being second; and Mr James, of Isleworth, third. The finest and most striking flowers included Empress of India, White Globe, Novelty, Queen of England, Jardin des Plantes, Lady Slade, Prince Alfred, and Mrs G. Rundle.
An attempt was made to bring together berried plants for decorative purposes, and prizes were offered for groups of nine; but only one collection was staged, and that a very poor one, the only redeeming feature being some pretty well-grown plants of hybrid Solanums: however, the judges gave the group the first prize.
The meeting was greatly helped by a fine group of flowering Orchids, sent from Lord Londesborough's, at Tadcaster. In it was a splendid specimen of Vanda coerulea; also Oncidium macranthum, with a spike of six lovely flowers; 0. crispum, with some fine blossoms; 0. Rogersii, with some very fine bright-yellow flowers; Pleione Wallichii, a nice plant, beautifully flowered; also P. lagenaria; an example of Zygopetalum crinitum, with two spikes; nice flowering-plants of the chaste Odontoglossum Alexandraes; Cattleya Harrisonii, with eight spikes of rosy-coloured flowers; C. maxima, a magnificent species, with five richly-coloured flowers; and the charming Phaloenopsis Lowii, with one spike, on which were seven of its beautiful rose and mauve coloured flowers. Messrs Veitch & Sons, Bull, and others, also contributed collections of flowering and other plants.
In the fruit department some interest was awakened owing to Messrs J. & C. Lee having offered a prize of £5 for the best three bunches of Madresfield Court Black Muscat Grapes. But two collections were staged, one of a very poor character, the other pretty good examples, but, to our thinking, not nearly so well done as what we have seen at Chiswick under the cultivation of Mr H. F. Barron. This came from Mr Z. Stevens, gardener to the Duke of Sutherland at Trentham, to whom the prize was awarded. The best six dishes of dessert Pears came from1 Mr Stephenson, Leigh Hall Gardens, Essex, who had Duchesse d'Angouleme, Glou Morceau, Passe Colmar, Marie Louise, Grand Soleil, and Beurre- Diel. The second prize went to Mr Miles of Wycombe Abbey Gardens, who had Huyshe's Victoria, Van Mons Leon le Clerc, Beurre Bosc, Aethorpe Crassane, Beurre Diel, and Marie Louise. There were several other collections, and altogether a very nice show of Pears was made.
In the way of new fruits, a splendid Apple was sent from Southampton by Mr A. Dene, under the name of Beauty of Hants: in flavour and texture it somewhat resembles the Blenheim Orange, but was considerably larger, more conical in shape, and very highly coloured. It was much admired. Mr Jennings, Shep-ston-on-Stour, sent specimens of that pretty little Apple known as the Fairy, as yet too sour for use.
The prizes for the best collection of Potatoes brought together two collections, in which coarseness rather than quality predominated: - so much have we yet to learn regarding this valuable esculent. The collections contained nothing worthy of special remark.