The annual exhibition of Hyacinths, Tulips, and other flowers, generally identified with the inauguration of spring, took place in St George's Hall, and was visited throughout the afternoon and evening by a very numerous assemblage of persons of all ranks and stations in life. In its entirety, the show was fully equal to any previous spring exhibition, and in some classes the flowers were of a very high order of merit, and decidedly superior to anything previously seen in this town. The arrangements were admirably made by a committee under the leadership of Mr Tverman, curator of the Botanic Gardens, and assisted by Mr R. W. Ker, the secretary, to whose indefatigable labours the success of this and previous exhibitions is mainly attributable. Upon wide platforms, stretching nearly the entire length of the centre of the hall, were arranged the Hyacinths, Tulips, Primulas, and other plants of similar order, whose brilliant blossoms in colour rivalled the tints of the rainbow, and emitted a fragrant perfume which pervaded the spacious hall.

On the steps leading to the crown court were arranged many choice specimens of stove and greenhouse plants, the sides of the hall being devoted to the more pretentious Azaleas, Rhododendrons, Ferns, etc.

As might be expected, the Hyacinths were the chief objects of notice, and they richly merited all the commendation passed upon them, for a more compact or beautiful collection of this splendid flower has seldom been seen out of London. In former years, Mr Cutbush, the celebrated Hyacinth grower, contributed largely to the show, and generally managed to carry off the principal prizes for nurserymen, to the mortification of local florists; this year, however, the metropolitan shows prevented his attendance, and all the flowers shown yesterday were consequently of local production. Messrs T. Davies & Co., of Wavertree, and Mr G. Davies, of Old Swan, took the highest honours for nurserymen's flowers; but in size and quality they were surpassed by the splendid plants shown by Mr Mander-son, gardener to Mr B. H. Jones, banker, of Larkhill, who carried off prizes for collections of 24, 18, 12, and 6 pots. The Tulips, Primulas, Narcissus, and Camellias, were well grown, but the Lilies of the Valley, tree Mignonette, and hand bouquets, were scarcely equal to those seen at former shows.

One of the most attractive features of the exhibition was a collection of Cyclamen Persicum, shown by Mr R. W. Ker, the secretary, crowned with enormous clusters of most delicately tinted flowers, and showing to what perfection of culture this favourite winter plant can be brought. Mr Ker also exhibited a very choice collection of Hybrid Solanums, which found plenty of admirers.

The stove and greenhouse plants included some beautiful specimens of Prunus flore-pleno, literally covered with snow-white blossoms; Rhododendrons and wonderfully-grown Azaleas, together with other varieties, each charming in itself, and all contributing to the general brilliance of the collection. Special mention, however, deserves to be made orthe collection of Ferns, which included some unnamed seedlings sent by Mr Ledger, gardener to Mr Wm. Rathbone, M.P., and which were afterwards classified by Mr Tyerman; also of a small but very choice collection of Orchids covered with their beautifully marked though singularly shaped blossoms. Mr Isaac Davies, nurseryman, of Ormskirk, exhibited a new Azalea, Hybrida odorata, to which a first-class certificate was awarded by the Royal Horticultural Society of London in April 1868. This Azalea is the purest white of that description of flower yet submitted to the public, and in addition to its fragrance it has the quality of growing in enormous clusters. The specimen exhibited, though small, was spoken of in the highest terms of commendation by the judges, and it will certainly become a great favourite with Azalea growers.

The most novel plants in the exhibition were a collection of Geraniums shown by Mr Mason, in charge of Prince's Park, which had been budded upon the stocks of seedling Geraniums in precisely the same manner as Standard Roses are usually budded. By this means several kinds can be grown upon one stem, and those of dwarf habit, such as Mrs Pollock and many of the other variegated descriptions, could be trained into the form of Pyramids or Standards, and become very great attractions in the conservatory or garden. The plants look healthy and strong, and the novel system of treatment appeared thoroughly to agree with them. There is no doubt the experiment will undergo thorough investigation, and the public will in process of time derive the benefit of the inquiry. We cannot go farther into detail, but must content ourselves by remarking that Cinerarias, Pot and Standard Roses, Amaryllis, and many other kinds of flowers, together with a small collection of fruit grown at Kele Hall, Staffordshire, made up the remainder of the exhibition.

The judges were - Hyacinths, Mr Downie, Edinburgh, and Mr Shaw, Manchester; Plants,etc, Mr Baines, Bowden, and Mr Findlay, Manchester; and the following were their awards: -


Twenty-four Hyacinths - 1. B. H. Jones, Esq. (gardener, Mr Manderson); 2. F. C. Braun, Esq. (gardener, Mr Dunbar); 3. J. E. Reynolds, Esq. (gardener, Mr Wilson).

Eighteen Hyacinths - 1. B. H. Jones; 2. J. R. Jeffery, Esq. (gardener, Mr Greenhough); 3. F. C. Braun; extra, J. E. Reynolds.

Twelve Hyacinths - 1. B. H. Jones; 2. J. E. Reynolds; 3. F. C. Braun; 4. F. W. Medley, Esq. (gardener, Mr Jones).

Six Hyacinths - 1. John Bateson, Esq. (gardener, Mr Kneale); 2. B. H. Jones; 3. R. D. Holt, Esq. (gardener, Mr Moreton).

Two Double Hyacinths - 1. J. Bateson; 2. B. H. Jones; 3. J. E. Reynolds.

Two Single Hyacinths - 1. C. W. Neumann, Esq. (gardener, MrHigham); 2. B. H. Jones; 3. Major Walter (gardener, Mr Mapham).

Six Pots Polyanthus Narcissus - 1. F. C. Braun; 2. B. H. Jones.

Ten Pots Double Tulips - B. H. Jones and F. C. Braun equal.

Six Pots Double Tulips - 1. D. James Esq. (gardener, Mr Norrie); 2. J. E. Reynolds; 3. F. C. Braun; extra, B. H. Jones.

Eighteen Pots Single Tulips - 1. F. C. Braun; 2. B. H. Jones; 3. J. E. Reynolds.

Twelve Pots Single Tulips - 1. D. James; 2. B. H. Jones; 3. F. C. Braun.

Six Pots Single Tulips - 1. R. D. Holt; 2. F. C. Braun; 3. B. H. Jones; extra, J. E. Reynolds.

Amaryllis - 1. C. W. Neumann; 2. J. Campbell, Esq. (gardener, Mr Everett); 8. Lieutenant-Colonel Clay (gardener, Mr Porteous).

Six Azaleas - 1. D. James; 2. E. Bates, Esq. (gardener, Mr Turner).

Three Azaleas - 1. C. W. Neumann; 2. J. C. Reynolds; 3. E. Bates; extra, D. James.

Azalea - 1. B. H. Jones; 2. D. James; 3. Mrs Zwilchenbart (gardener, Mr Sorley).

Three Azaleas (pots not exceeding 8 inches) - 1. D. James; 2. E. Bates; 3. Mrs Bird (gardener, Mr Fleetwood).

Four Rhododrendrons - 1. J. E. Reynolds; 2. D. James.

Scarlet Rhododendron - I. F. C. Braun; 2. R. S. Bolton, Esq. (gardener, Mr Thomson); 3. B. H. Jones.

White Rhododendron - 1. E. Bates; 2. J. E. Reynolds; 3. B. H. Jones.

Epacris - 1. J. R. Jeffrey; 2. D. James; 3. J. Campbell.

Six dwarf Roses - F. C. Braun.

Three dwarf Roses - 1. B. H. Jones; 2. J. E. Reynolds.

Dwarf Roses - 1. C. W. Neumann; 2. B. H. Jones; 3. J. E. Reynolds.

Six standard Roses - 1. B. H. Jones; 2. J. E. Reynolds.

Four stove or greenhouse plants - 1. B. H. Jones; 2. D. James.

Two stove or greenhouse plants - 1. B. H. Jones; 2. D. James; 3. Mrs Bird.

Greenhouse plant - 1. D. James; 2. B. H. Jones; 3. F. C. Braun.

Stove plant - 1. B. H. Jones; 2. J.

E. Reynolds; 3. D. James. Orchid - 1. F. W. Medley; 2. C. W.

Neumann; 3. D. James; extra, C. W. Neumann.

Four ornamental foliage plants - 1. D. James; 2. Colonel Clay.

Four Ferns - 1. W. Rathbone, Esq., M. P. (gardener, Mr Ledger); 2. D. James; 3. J. E. Reynolds.

Fern - 1. D. James; 2. J. E. Reynolds; 3. W. Rathbone, M.P.

Three Pots Mignonette - 1. F. W. Medley; 2. P. S. Boulfc, Esq. (gardener, Mr Lamb).

Three Standard Mignonette - 1. P. S. Boult; 2. J. E. Reynolds; 3. S. S. Parker, Esq. (gardener, Mr Lowndes).

Standard Mignonette - 1. J. E. Reynolds; 2. P. S. Boult.

Six Cinerarias - l.L. R. Bailey, Esq. (gardener, Mr Brown); 2. R. D. Holt.

Sis Fringed Primulas - 1. R. D. Holt; 2. Mrs Zwilchenbai't; 3. Mrs Bird.

Four Double Primulas - Mrs Zwilchenbart.

Three Pans Lily of the Valley - 1. B. H. Jones; 2. J. E. Reynolds.

Six forced 'Hardy Plants - 1. E. Bates; 2. J. Bateson.

Forced Hardy Plant - 1. F. C. Braun; 2. J. Bateson; 3. E. Bates.

Six Pots Hardy Plants in flower - Extra, E. Bates.

Three Cyclamens - R. Duke, Esq. (gardener, Mr Wade).

Six Pots Polyanthus-1. S. S. Parker; 2. R. L. Bolton.

Bouquet for the Hand - 1. Mr Eaves, Green Lane; 2. C. W. Neumann; 3. Major Walter.

Twelve cut Camellias - 1. Major Walter; 2. J. E. Reynolds.

First-class Certificate - Solanums: R. P. Ker, Basnett Street. Cyclamen, do.

Extra Prize - Budded Pelargoniums: Mr Mason, Prince's Park.


Twenty-four Hyacinths - 1. Thomas Davies and Co., Wavertree; 2. G. Davies, Green-lane.

Twelve Hyacinths - 1. Thomas Davies and Co.; 2. G. Davies.

Twelve Pots Double Tulips - G. Davies.

Twelve Pots single Tulips - 1. G. Davies; 2. Thomas Davies, Wavertree.

Six Rhododendrons - 1. E. Ashcroft, West Derby; 2. G. Davies, Old Swan.

Bouquet for the Hand -1. Mr Dela-mere, St John's Market; 2. Mr Ashcroft, West Derby.


Brace of Cucumbers - Mr Smith, gardener to H. Littledale, Esq.

Collection of Fruit - Mr Hill, gardener to R. Sueyd, Esq.

Four Orchids - T. W. Medley, Esq.

First-class Certificate - Azalea (Hy-brida odorata): Isaac Davies, Ormskirk.

Second-class Certificate - Azalea (multiflora): Thomas Davies and Co. Wavertree.

Notwithstanding a strong easterly wind which prevailed throughout the day, the hall was literally crammed from the opening of the doors at two o'clock until the exhibition closed. The afternoon attendance surpassed that of any previous spring show, and the evening was even still greater, for locomotion was scarcely possible, and hundreds retired to the galleries to listen to Streather's band, which during the exhibition performed a selection of operatic and other music. In every respect this spring show was one of the most successful yet held.