At the Anniversary Meeting of the Royal Horticultural Society held on the 8th ult., an announcement was made in the Annual Report of the Council that filled many of the friends of the Society present with dismay. It formed section 3 of the Report, and ran as follows: -

"The second subject of importance relates to the working garden of the Society. For some years past the Council have seen the necessity of changing their experimental garden from Chiswick to some locality better suited for their operations; for the results of the cultivation there, owing to its low, cold, damp position, combined with the gradual increase of smoke and houses around it, are yearly becoming less satisfactory, whilst the expenditure entailed by the establishment is constantly increased. Moreover, the termination of the lease will of itself necessitate a change in a few years. A garden conveniently situated in pure air and with good soil would enable the Council to carry out their horticultural operations with increased efficiency and at reduced cost. An obstacle which would have hampered them in carrying out this change - viz., the expense of establishing a new garden - has been (as they believe) opportunely removed by a valuable bequest to the Society by their late Fellow, Mr Alfred Davis, which will enable the Council to effect this improvement, and at the same time preserve the memory of the bequest, and of Mr Davis's interest in the Society, in a permanent shape".

There is no doubt, therefore, but that Chiswick is doomed. All the glories of the past that clustered about it, and remain to this day, when it could furnish the Horticultural Exhibition of the Metropolis, and attract to the Gardens the elite of London Society, are now of no avail: it too must pass away, as other institutions that have served their purposes have passed away, leaving only the memories of what they once were behind. The Chairman, Mr James Bateman, F.R.S., stated the grounds that had induced the Council to recommend the disestablishment of Chiswick: they were - the near approach of London westward, gradually enclosing the Chiswick Gardens by a belt of houses; inability to maintain it, from insufficiency of funds; and the fact that the lease is approaching termination, having only another eleven years to run. The Council had not the power to renew the lease, nor the wish to do so if they had the power.

It would appear that the paragraph of the Report referring to Chiswick is not to be taken as declaratory of the fact that the Council have determined Chiswick shall be given up absolutely, but rather that they intimate thereby their intention to refer the matter to the consideration of the Fellows. The Council adopted a somewhat clumsy method in making this intimation known, and were censured in consequence. One or two of the Fellows present made a gallant and apparently desperate attempt to stay the hand of the destroyer, and complained that some intimation had not been given by the Council of their intention so to allude to the abandonment of Chiswick in the Report. The Council were asked pointedly if the question of giving up Chiswick was to be placed before the Fellows, so as to give them an opportunity of fully considering the matter, but the questioner was met by a marked reticence by no means assuring: perhaps reticence is a virtue common to councils.

Another item of intelligence gleaned from the Report was to the effect that the great provincial show held at Manchester in July last has caused a disappointment in that it had been ascertained the returns would do no more than meet the expenses. But the Council will go to Oxford in July next notwithstanding, though the chances of favourable pecuniary results are, one can imagine, likely to be less favourable at Oxford than at Manchester.

Some few years ago, Mr Thomas Laxton, of Stamford, was successful in crossing Peas with a view to obtain new varieties of high-class character, and from the seedlings so obtained, selected a few kinds which are now being distributed. The first, Supreme, described as an early variety of unusual prolificacy and high quality, was sent out in the spring of 1869; and this year it is followed by Alpha, another early variety highly commended. For the last named the modest sum of seven and sixpence per half-pint is asked. It has recently transpired that the stock of these new Peas was purchased conjointly by Messrs Hurst & Son, and James Carter Dunnett & Beale, of London, for the sum of one thousand pounds, though the quantities were very small. When to this enormous price is added the cost of growing them for stock, advertising, and other necessary expenses, it must be admitted that the retail price is quite moderate, high as it appears. Mr Laxton has followed up his first success by obtaining a second batch, comprising six varieties, representing an aggregate quantity of not less than forty quarts, and for these the sum of five hundred and fifty pounds is asked ! One need not be surprised if raising of new Peas should become pretty general - that is, supposing such prices can be realised.

It has just been publicly stated that, by a simple arrangement of fireclay plates, so managed as not to contract the capacity of the flue at any single point, the gases, after being thoroughly intermixed, are, at four successive stages in their progress through the flue, thrown in thin streams against the surface of the boiler. No part of the gases can escape this repeated forcible contact with the boiler; and in the process the heat they contain is so thoroughly extracted and absorbed, that the result obtained, as proved by careful tests, is the evaporation of nearly 12 lb. of water for every single pound of fuel, common boiler-slack being used. This gives a large saving of fuel as compared with the best modes of setting previously in use. The patentees guarantee a saving of twenty-five per cent. The apparatus has the additional advantage of being an effective smoke-consumer. The plan is applicable to any class of boiler, can be applied without unseating boilers already fixed, and the plates being of fireclay, the cost is so moderate as to be very soon recouped by the saving of fuel.

One of the most successful horticultural exhibitions held in the north is that of the Grand Yorkshire Gala, which takes place at York on the 15th, 16th, and 17th of June next. It is said to be one of the very best provincial horticultural exhibitions, not even second to the Manchester Whitsun Show. Some good money-prizes are offered - among them, the Lord Mayor, the Sheriff, and other citizens of York give the sum of 37, in four prizes of 15, 10, 7, and 5, for 15 distinct varieties of Roses, in pots not larger than 8 inches in diameter. There is also a prize of 5 for the best seedling white Rose in pot, unnamed, with the reservation that it is to be named by the donor of the prize, Mr Thomas Lucy, Huntingdon, York. Messrs Backhouse & Son, the well-known nurserymen of York, offer a sum of 5, in two prizes, for 6 Palms distinct, suitable for table decoration, in pots not exceeding 8 inches in diameter. There are many other good prizes, and altogether the schedule is a very attractive one.

In Mr Samuel Broome, the well-known gardener at the Inner Temple, who died very suddenly from an attack of apoplexy on the morning of Saturday the 22d of January last, horticulture loses one who had made for himself a wide reputation as a cultivator of the Chrysanthemum. The details of his life are somewhat scant, but, as far as they can be gathered, it would appear that Mr Broome was a native of Staffordshire, and was born in the year 1806, and commenced his professional career by serving his apprenticeship in the gardens of the Earl of Bradford, in that county. He came to London somewhere about the year 1832, and entered on the duties of gardener in the Temple, which he discharged for a space of thirty-eight years, up to the time of his death. Probably he did more than any other man to introduce the Chrysanthemum to the notice of the London public, and he boasted that the show he made in 1869 was the best he ever had. Visitors to his show in the Inner Temple Gardens will remember his long narrow tent, with its bank of Chrysanthemums standing on the ground at the back of it, leaving space for a narrow walk in front. Hundreds daily inspected this show, and at mid-day it was very difficult indeed to get through the tent, so completely was it thronged.

He had been the means of promoting nearly all the Chrysanthemum societies round London, and some in various parts of the country; and, by encouraging a taste for flowers, he effected much good amongst the working classes in the metropolis, and especially in the ragged schools. He was the author of a work on the culture of the Chrysanthemum, first published in 1857, and he was also a contributor to various gardening journals. He was a frequent attendant at the meetings of the Central Horticultural Society, which holds bi-monthly meetings in one of the streets near Temple Bar, and of which Messrs George Glenny, George Gordon, and others found acting with them, were the principal members. He was well known at Liverpool, having acted for years as one of the judges at the Chrysanthemum exhibition annually held in November; and those who were associated with him on the last occasion of his acting in that capacity, and saw his genial flow of spirits and physical activity, little thought they saw him for the last time.

He was a kindly companion and a generous friend, and he leaves behind him many pleasant memories of his genial disposition.