The meetings of the "Committees" at South Kensington on the ] 7th of August was the occasion of bringing together not only new plants but some new fruits as well. A great curiosity was exhibited in the form of a gigantic Aroid, which had been sent home to Mr Bull by Dr Seemann. The plant consisted of an enormous leaf some 7 feet in height, and a fine snake-like marked stem. The species was recognised by some of the botanists present, but it could not be named at the moment. A first-class certificate was awarded to Mr Bull for the Aroid, and also for two handsome forms of Encephalartos named grandis and plumosa, and also to Macrozamia excelsa, another good contribution to these highly ornamental plants. Mr Green, gardener to W. Wilson Saunders, Esq., received a first-class certificate for a new and graceful South African species of Asparagus, trained on a strong cord, to which it readily attaches itself. Mr Green deserves much praise for this and several other handsome ornamental plants of a similar character which he has introduced of late.

Messrs Kelway & Son of Langport, who on this occasion exhibited some grand spikes of Gladioli, received a first-class certificate for a fine new seedling named Medina, white, tinged with faint rose, a bold and finely-shaped flower, forming a grand spike - also for Cherub and Accius; and a second-class certificate for Freemason, a pinkish carmine flower of good properties. Mr William Chater, Saffron Walden, was awarded a first-class certificate for a new dwarf form of Ageratum named Imperial Blue. In addition to a habit unusually dwarf, it gives an admirable hue of colour, and is remarkably free blooming. First-class certificates were awarded to Messrs Downie, Laird, & Laing, Edinburgh and London, for a fine hybrid nosegay Pelargonium named Lady Hawley, of a rich vermilion-red hue, excellent pip, and large truss; and for a fine zonal variety named Stanstead Rival, dark scarlet, with a tinge of purple in the petals, excellent trusses of bloom, and a neat habit. A first-class certificate was awarded to Mr William Paul, Waltham Cross, for Euonymus flavescens, a good addition to this useful class of ornamental evergreen shrubs.

To Mr C. J. Perry, Castle Bromwich, Birmingham, first-class certificates were awarded for Verbena' Ada King, with large pure white flowers of fine substance and excellent truss; and for Thomas Lawden, pinkish rose, with crimson eye, a finely-shaped flower. Mr Eckford, The Gardens, Coleshill, Berks, also received first-class certificates for the following Verbenas: Eclipse, very dark scarlet, of fine form and substance; Harry Eckford, deep crimson, fine pip, and good truss; and Lady Anne Speirs, large pale rose centre, edged with white, showy and fine.

On this occasion the Fruit Committee awarded a first-class certificate to Mr Dry, Hayes, Middlesex, for a dish of a new Plum named Dry's Seedling. It is a large oval purple-coloured Plum of excellent flavour, early, having been grown as a standard. Mr M'Laren of Ash Common, Surrey, received a first-class certificate for a seedling double-bearing Raspberry, for its robust habit, fertility, and size of the fruit. Mr J. R. Pearson of the Chilwell Nurseries, Nottingham, sent to this meeting several varieties of seedling Grapes, three of which were considered by the Committee to possess some merit, and recommended that their cultivation should be continued. One variety had white berries and a Frontignan flavour, the bunch long; another had the flavour of the Muscadine; and a third resembled the Black Morocco.

The Committee met again on the 7th of September. Mr A. Parsons, Danesbury Gardens, Wellwyn, received first-class certificates for two very singular forms of Lastrea - L. filix-mas ramisissisima and L. filia-mas parvula; the last named bad a diminutive habit of growth not unlike Parsley. In the way of Ferns, Messrs J. & C. Lee, the well-known nurserymen of Hammersmith, received a first-class certificate for a very fine variety of Adiantum capillis-veneris.

The same firm also received a first-class certificate for a fine Hybrid Perpetual Rose named Clemence Raoux; colour pale salmon, tipped with deep rose, large, full, and unusually fragrant.

Mr Eckford of Coleshill Gardens received a first-class certificate for a seedling hybrid Ivy-leaved Pelargonium named Lady Edith, of robust habit, the foliage marked with a well-defined zone, colour of the flowers purplish rose, and a fair-sized truss. The same exhibitor received a similar award for Verbena Countess of Radnor, pale lilac ground, having a dark shading in the centre, a distinct and pretty flower.

Mr Charles Turner, Slough, received first-class certificates for Dahlias Toison d'Or, a bright-yellow self flower of fine properties - and Harvard, lilac rose, a very pleasing flower; Mr Parker, Wingfield, for Queen of the Yellows; and Mr Burgess, Chelsea, for William Lund, a fine dark maroon self.

Mr William Bull was awarded a special certificate for a good specimen of his beautiful Melastomad, Lasiandra macrantha, certainly a fine new introduction.

To continue this record of new plants, reference must be had to the Exhibition of the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society at Edinburgh on September 8th. On this occasion several first-class certificates were awarded to new plants as under: -

To Messrs P. Lawson & Son for Biota orientalis elegantissima, a fine addition to the Variegated Coniferse; and for Ilex Lawsoniana, a distinct variegated Holly of great promise. These were selected from a very interesting group of seedling Coniferae and other hardy ornamental plants, among which Taxus adpressa variegata and Cupres-sus Lindleyana variegatus appeared to be thoroughly distinct and good. Also for gold and bronze zonal Pelargoniums David Webster and Pilchard Dean, both with finely-marked leaves and good habits; also for Bangholme Bower, a dwarf-growing silver-edged variegated Pelargonium, likely to be of value as an edging plant; to variegated zonal Pelargonium John Stewart, a golden-edged variety in indifferent condition, and, as shown, not so good as others in cultivation; and for Lobelia Tyninghame Blue, a fine dark form of L. erinus speciosa, with large bold flowers, remarkably free, and of good habit.

Messrs Downie, Laird, & Laing received first-class certificates for gold and bronze Pelargoniums Prima Donna, Imperatrice Eugenie, Mrs Lewis Loyd, and Mrs Lowndes, all very fine and distinct; and for Hollyhock Richard Dean, of a rich glowing dark-crimson hue, very full, and of fine shape.

First-class certificates were also awarded to Viola lutea pallida, a sulphur-coloured form of Viola lutea, but with flowers three times the ordinary size; to bedding Pansy Purple King, a very common form, frequently met with in gardens; and to Viola cornuta variegata, the leaves slightly edged with creamy white.

Of the new fruits sent to the Edinburgh Show a first-class certificate was awarded to Messrs Peter Lawson & Son for Webster's Gage Plum, raised by Mr Webster of Gordon Castle Gardens from a cross between Coe's Golden Drop and the Green Gage, a fine pale Plum of large size, plump, and of exquisite flavour. A seedling Grape, exhibited by Mr William Melville, Dalmeny Park Gardens, obtained from a cross between Snow's Black Muscat and Lady Downes, was considered to be of a very promising character. R. D.