This section is from the book "The Gardener V2", 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.
For plants and flowers of various descriptions, there is offered in prizes the startling sum of £906, and for fruit £21.
We observe that Mr Williams of Paradise Nursery, Holloway, London, offers a prize of £50 for fifty plants; one half of them to be in bloom, the other half to be foliage-plants. This will be the Derby of the horticultural year. The Society offers £25 as the second prize in this class.
Sam. Mendal, Esq. of Manchester, offers a prize of £20 for ten Cape Heaths in flower; the Society, £10 as a second.
William Cunliffe Brooks, Esq., offers £20 for twelve Roses in bloom; the Society, £10.
C. F. Beyer, Esq., offers £10 for eight Cycads; the Society, £5.
Then follows a long list of prizes by the Society for every conceivable description of plants.
Verily, the horticultural spirit of Manchester is at the boiling-point, and long may it continue so; and, like the Gulf-stream, may it flow north, and warm the waters as it progresses.
From what we have seen of Mr Finlay's previous management of these great shows, we predict that this will be one of the most magnificent of the season, for he and his council have secured the confidence of exhibitors in ail parts of the country.