Chrysanthemum Exhibitions are by no means uncommon nowadays, for, in addition to the one now being noticed, a large one is held at Bristol, and then in the London district there is the old Stoke-Newington Society - an association to which the present position of the Chrysanthemum owes much - besides several others of less reputation, though all doing good service in the cause of floriculture; and there are in addition the admirable exhibitions made by Messrs Salter & Son, at Hammersmith, and Mr A. Forsyth, at Stoke-Newington (one at the west of London, and the other at the north-east side), growers whose names are household words with the exhibitors of Chrysanthemums all over the United Kingdom. For the rich quality and high development of the flowers, Stoke-Newington stands pre-eminent; and it is generally admitted that on the occasion of the annual exhibition in November last, the Chrysanthemum blooms were never seen finer. For extent, in all probability, Liverpool leads the way; and in regard to that great and essential result which does not always crown the efforts of the best and most zealous committees - success - Liverpool wears the conqueror's crown.

An autumn exhibition at Liverpool means the magnificent hall of St George's, in Lime Street, filled with plants and fruit, and the hall thronged with company the whole day through, and resulting in a large profit to the Committee. St George's Hall at eight o'clock in the evening, when the full glare of the gaslight brings out distinct and clear the smallest object, and a crowd so dense that sometimes any movement in the huge mass of humanity gathered between the tables and in the galleries is scarcely perceptible - and delicious music adds its pure enjoyment to the scene, - that is a sight well worth looking on. Ah ! it is a poor spirit that can look upon a scene like that unmoved, whatever may be the ruling motives operating to bring such a company together.

Touching the Liverpool Show, let us hope that the day is not far distant when we shall see the last of such hideously-formal and unnaturally-trained plants of Chrysanthemums as those staged at the last show. There is a layer of green leaves almost as smooth as a lawn, so closely are the branches tied down to flat wire trellises, overlaid by a layer of flowers, giving a regular and unbroken surface, and looking like floral card-tables. What twisting and torturing processes must be adopted to accomplish this ! what manoeuvring must be required, and all to secure something as unlike nature as can possibly be ! All that natural elegance of the plant is suppressed, as if it were a thing foreign to it, and not one to be developed with all the skill of the grower. In our next number we will endeavour to show, by a reference to what has been most worthily done during the season by a most successful grower, that Chrysanthemums can be cultivated in the form of specimen plants with only the aid of a few upright sticks to support the plant in a natural and easy manner.

The specimen plants were staged all round the sides of St George's Hall on two broad shelves, one above the other, nicely covered with green baize, and in size they averaged from a diameter of 2 feet to huge examples fully 6 and 7 feet in diameter. There were to be seen none of the magnificent incurved flowers similar to those at Mr Salter's, at Hammersmith; the sorts used are invariably the reflexed flowers, that do not fold their petals over towards the centre in the form of a half-ball. Cut blooms were not so fine as they are always seen at the Stoke-Newington Show, but we would be led to suppose that more attention is paid to the cultivation of plants. The best eighteen, shown by Mr R. Foster, gardener to S. H. Thompson, Esq., consisted of Lady Slade, Jardin des Plantes, Fingal, Empress of India, Bronze Jardindes Plantes, Prince Alfred, Guernsey Nuggett, Isabella Bott, a charming hue of delicate pink, Rev. J. Dix, Princess of Wales, Princess Beatrice, Dr Brock, Mrs Haliburton, Alarm, General Bainbrigge, Queen of Whites, Lady Talfourd, and Virgin Queen. The best twelve also came from Mr Foster; and the best six from Mr M'Hardy, gardener to G. W. Bateson, Esq., who had Nil Desperandum, Jardin des Plantes, Eve, Lady Harding, Sir Stafford Carey, and Cherub.

Now what was particularly wanted at this Exhibition was fine big ornamental and variegated foliaged plants - Tree-Ferns, etc. - to relieve the sameness that prevailed, and the dwarfed appearance of the small plants. Along the body of the Hall were placed three long tables. If the centre table had had a bank of large plants nicely arranged, instead of the fruit, it would have been a great improvement in the appearance of the Show. Surely, if prizes were offered for them, there are plenty of big plants that could be produced in competition for such prizes. Some good specimens of Salvia splendens, Plumbago rosea, and suchlike, would have done admirable service on this occasion, especially the former by night. What is really required is, that some of the Chrysanthemum classes be struck out, and prizes offered for groups of plants, as just suggested. The Committee has no lack of funds, and cannot proffer the consideration of poverty. Poinsettias were nicely done, and by night the blood-crimson florets (in every case grandly coloured) were particularly vivid.

The best specimens were dwarf, the stems being twisted round some short stakes, and each had three bunches of coloured leaf-flowers. There were plenty of standard and pyramidal-trained plants of Mignonette, somewhat weakly-looking, as might be expected at this season of the year, but promising to be very good by the spring show. Ornamental-fruited plants - a capital idea - were represented by the excellent and useful forms of Weatherill's Hybrid Solanums, Skimmia Japonica, and Rivinia humilis, very good as a beginning, but surely capable of being extended. Primulas were pretty, though mainly confined to the pyramid style of growth, but the best plants were of the ordinary type; and pans of the early single Roman Hyacinth, twelve bulbs in each, were nicely done, and largely shown.

The show of fruit was very good, particularly Apples and Pears; and good and well-known cultivators like Mr Hill, of Keele Hall Gardens, thought the show of the latter the finest they had ever seen. A group of some eighteen Pine-apples, shown in two classes, contained a splendid Charlotte Rothschild from Mr Ward of Bishop-Stortford, weighing 9 1/4 lb. Of Grapes, Black Alicante, Trebbiano, and Lady Downes were very well shown; and Mr Tyerman, of the Botanic Gardens, exhibited a basket of Mrs Pince, sent from Cornwall, which had been grown in a vinery without heat, to show that it will colour as readily as the Black Hamburg under the same circumstances.

It was estimated that some 600 dishes of fruit were staged on this occasion, Pears and Apples largely preponderating. The tug of war (and it was a sharp tug, and gave the judges something to do) was in the class for eight dishes of dessert Pears, and fifteen competitors entered the lists. The 1st prize went to Mr Brown, gardener to Colonel Biddulph, Chirk Castle, who had splendid examples of Crassane, Urbaniste, Baronne de Mello, Marie Louise, Beurre Diel, Napoleon, Beurre d'Anjou, and Beurre d'Aremberg. Mr Brown staged another collection in this class which was awarded an extra prize. The sorts were Nou-veau Porteau, Napoleon, Beurre Diel, Marie Louise, Glout Morceau, Beurre Rance, Urbaniste, and Beurre d'Anjou. Mr Auchterlonie, gardener to Mrs Harvey, was 2d with fine fruits of Baronne de Mello, Napoleon, Glout Morceau, Hacon's Incomparable, Beurre Clairgeau, Beurre Diel, Brown Beurre, and Marie Louise. Comte de Flandres, Easter Beurre, and Prince Albert were the only varieties in the 3d prize collection differing from the foregoing. Three extra prizes were awarded in this class. This will give some idea of the closeness of the competition.

The best four dishes of Pears comprised Beurre Diel, Marie Louise, Easter Beurre', and Doyenne du Cornice. They came from Mr Lowndes, gardener to S. S. Parker, Esq., and were a fine lot; in this class there were fourteen competitors. In the class for a single dish of the best-flavoured Pear, there were twenty-seven dishes staged. The best and second best were Doyenne du Cornice, the third Marie Louise. Thompson's Pear was also of fine flavour. The best six dishes of dessert Apples, and there were thirteen collections, consisted of Bess Pool, Ribston Pippin, Cockle Pippin, King of Pippins, Winter Strawberry, and Blenheim Orange. These were also shown by Mr Brown. The second best group had Ribston Pippin, Court Peuduplat, Orange Pearmain, Newtown Pippin, Blenheim Orange, and Melon Apple. Mr Orr, gardener to H. Peirce, Esq., who was second with the 6ix dishes, was placed first with three dishes, having Ribston, Newtown, and King of Pippins. Ribston Pippin was placed first and third in the class for the best dish of dessert Apples, and Blenheim Orange second. Culinary Apples were really grand. There were ten collections of eight dishes.

The best lot, as well as the best four dishes, came from Mr Manderson, gardener to H. R. H. Jones, Esq., who had in the first instance St Saveur, Alfriston, King Apple, London Pippin, Small's Admirable, Mere de Menage, Winter Hawthornden, and Bedfordshire Foundling. The four dishes consisted of Mere de Menage, Alfriston, Winter Hawthornden, and King. The best single dish came from Mr Miles, gardener to Lord Carrington, Wycombe Abbey - splendid examples of Mere de Menage. Mr Brown was 2d with Alfriston, and Mr Manderson 3d with King.

The November meeting of the Royal Horticultural Society was the means of bringing together a small but interesting exhibition of Chrysanthemums. It was also the occasion of the debut of a new exhibitor, Mr J. James, gardener to W. F.Watson, Esq., Isleworth, near London, who had some plants most superbly flowered, and grown on the old-fashioned upright method, which, though rather tall, were furnished with fine healthy foliage. The class was for four large-flowering Chrysanthemums, Mr James being placed first with Empress of India, Jardin des Plantes, Mrs G. Rundle, and Lady Talfourd, the flowers of great size, and beautifully incurved. The second lot were nicely-grown plants, trained in a somewhat globular fashion, and had plenty of small flowers. The sorts were Prince of Wales, Lady Hardinge, Alma, and Golden Christine. The third lot were of a like character, but not quite so good. Mr Forsyth of Stoke-Newington - the Salter of the northern district of London - was first with four good plants of Pom-pone Chrysanthemums, the sorts being Andromeda, Golden Aurore, Bob, and Sainte Thais. The next lot, from Mr Rowe, were all anemone-flowered varieties, the plants large and well done, but of a great sameness of character - viz., Miss Nightingale, Antonius, Marguerite de Wildemar, and Mon. Astie. There were also classes for twelve and six cut blooms.

The best twelve came from Mr Forsyth, who had nicely-finished examples of Oliver Cromwell, Golden Beverley, Princess Beatrice, Princess Teck, General Slade, Mrs Heale, Prince of Wales, Lady Hardinge, Rev. Joshua Dix, Princess of Wales, John Salter, Isabella Bott. Mr Rowe had the best lot of six cut blooms, consisting of Empress of India, a very large white variety, Prince Alfred, Lady Hardinge, Queen of England, John Salter, and Jardin des Plantes. There was a capital competition, and, generally speaking, the flowers were pretty good. In addition, Mr Salter contributed a group of new varieties that will be more particularly referred to in a future number.