I found the flower-garden bedded out with the usual bedding-plants, all in fine flower; but there were two beds that struck me as being rather out of the usual, which I think worth mentioning. These were filled with Echeveria metallica, Dactylis glomerata, Mrs Pollock, and edged with Lobelia speciosa and white Fairy Queen Geranium. To the north of the flower lies the kitchen garden proper, of about 6 acres in extent, with a gentle slope towards the south. From the southern end this garden has a very pretty appearance, as the walks are of good breadth, and ribboned on each side. From the central one is a clear view throughout to the back divisions of the houses.

Passing through, I found the walls covered with the usual fruit-trees, and mostly all in a fine bearing state. Plums, Apples, and Cherries are here most depended upon - Pears, Peaches, and Apricots being apt to suffer from the early frosts. I understand it is in contemplation to cover the Apricot and Peach walls with glass. The soil of Glamis seems very suitable for the cultivation of small fruits, of which there are abundant crops annually; also vegetables of every description do remarkably well. The main range of glass-houses here is 410 feet long, and averaging 17 feet wide and 19 feet high at the back, subdivided into ten divisions. Entering from the west, the first division is a late Peach-house, with fine healthy trees and an excellent crop. The second a late Vinery, planted chiefly with Lady Downes, and samples of Royal Vineyard, Alicante, Madresfield Court, Raisin de Calabar, Mrs Pince, and Muscat of Alexandria: a very heavy crop all over the house. No. 3. Late Hambro'-house, with the exception of a Golden Champion, Burcherds' Prince, Duchess of Buccleuch, and Mr J. Strange; but very appropriately Mr Johnston is replacing the latter with Mr Thomson's new Duke: heavy crop in this house, and well coloured.

No. 4. Muscat-house, with samples of Buckland's Sweetwater, Morocco, and Chasselas Napoleon, the latter a fine-looking light amber-coloured Grape, and a good keeper; heavy crop and large bunches of Muscat of Alexandria, several of the bunches weighing over 7 lb. No. 5. Plant-stove, well filled with a useful and varied collection, including very handsome specimens of Pandanus Van der Meichen, utilis, Veitchii, and Javanicus, etc, all of which are largely used in a small state for table decoration; also young Palms, Marantas, and Caladiums in profusion. Here are Allamandas, Clerodendrons, Stephanotis floribunda, Rhyncospermum jasminoides, all growing on trellises, and flowering with great luxuriance. I was informed that it is contemplated to remove the plants in this house to other quarters, and have it converted into an early Vinery. This is a step in the right direction, as stove-plants are by no means desirable companions for Vines, and should always be separate from fruit-houses if possible. No. 6. occupied with a fine collection of Ferns and Palms. No. 7. Early Muscat Vinery, with a sample of White Nice and Barbarossa in it; very heavy crop and large bunches. No. 8. Early Hambro'-house, with a sample of Golden Champion doing well.

In this house the new Duke has been wrought on the Royal Muscadine and Black Hambro' most satisfactorily. This house has a very heavy crop of well-coloured Grapes, some of the berries measuring 4 inches in circumference. No. 9. Early Peach-house; trees in the finest possible health, and a very heavy crop. No. 10. Intermediate Peach-house, extra heavy crop, and trees very healthy.

We pass from this through the gateway to the back ranges, which are 360 feet in length, in eleven divisions. This range is of various heights and widths, to suit the different purposes for which they are intended. On entering from the right-hand side, the first is a Camellia-house, 42 by 20 feet. Camellias planted out in a bed at the back, although not of any great size, are remarkably healthy and doing well, with staging along the front for plants in pots. No. 2, 42 by 15 feet, Pine-stove, with a fine bed of Musa Cavendishii bearing large clusters of fruit. In this house there is a small collection of Pines doing remarkably well, many of the fruits being of large size. If fault could be found at all in such a place as this, it is in the want of proper accommodation for this noble fruit. No. 3, 27 by 12 feet, propagating-pit, and also where pot-Vines are forced for early work. No. 4. Intermediate-stove, filled with a fine healthy collection of half-specimens, grown purposely for vases in the castle and dinner-table decoration. No. 5. Heath-house, same size as the last, filled with a fine collection of the newer and rarer sorts, but not of any great size. No. 6. General greenhouse, 42 by 20 feet, filled with a general collection of the most useful greenhouse plants.

No. 7. Fig-house, 42 by 15 feet, planted with Figs, healthy and bearing well. The next four divisions are for Melons, 42 by 15 feet, which are grown on at different stages in succession. When the crop is cut in any one house, the plants are immediately cleared away, new soil put in, and another set planted for late crops, thus having five successions in the season. Winter Cucumbers are planted on the back walls of these houses, Telegraph being the favourite. In front of these houses there are two ranges of substantially-built pits of dressed ashler stone, 160 and 110 feet long respectively, by 8 feet wide, portions of which are adapted for successional Pines and forcing of Strawberries, of which a large amount is done here annually, Keen's Seedling and Glengarry being the favourites. There is one fine feature connected with this place, and that is, in the construction of the garden every attention seems to have been paid in the arrangement to the comfort and convenience of the young garden-men, in the construction of their sleeping apartments, etc. Glamis Gardens being comparatively new, and everything in and about it kept in the best order, gives it quite an air of comfort and cheerfulness.

Mr Johnston, his lordship's intelligent gardener here, is well known for his high attainments as a gardener, and his wonderful success as a fruitgrower. At the Great International Horticultural Fruit and Flower Show held at Edinburgh, September 1869, he startled the whole horticultural world with his wonderful productions in Grapes, and the extraordinary number of prizes he took; and at the Great International Fruit and Flower Show held at Manchester a few weeks ago, he still maintained his high position as a cultivator, having taken leading honours in several departments. Mr Johnston's dwelling-house is situated at the north-west corner, and a little distance from the garden wall. The situation is well chosen, and the house has a very pretty appearance, and for comfort and convenience will bear favourable comparison with any gardener's house that I have seen, when the addition is finished that is now being built to it. On remarking to Mr Johnston what a fine house he would have by-aud-by, he replied, "I am quite sure Lord and Lady Strathmore would feel ill at ease if they thought any servant under them were uncomfortable." How refreshing it is, in these days of strikes and lock-outs, to hear of such fine feelings existing between employer and employes !

West Coates Nursery. John Downie.