At the nurseries of Messrs Downie, Laird, and Laing, Stanstead Park, Forest Hill, can be seen some remarkable illustrations of the influence of the graft on the stock in certain cases of grafted plants. Mr Laing has been experimenting on some Abutilons, and in the first instance grafted the green A. megapotanicum on the variegated A. Thompsoni; the scion came handsomely variegated, and presents even a handsomer and more attractive variegated form than the well-known A. Thompsoni. The next experiment was made with A. Thompsoni grafted on the green A. megapotanicum, and in this case the graft was allowed to make sufficient growth to get the blood infused, and then pinched back; this induced growth from the green stock, and, strange to state, all the shoots made down to the very surface of the soil came variegated. A further experiement was made with the strong-growing green A. Due de Malakoff, budded on A. Thompsoni in the manner in which a bud of a Rose is inserted in the Briar stock; a green leaf was left on the bud, which grew, and kept green, but all other growth came variegated, and so gave a variegated form of Due de Malakoff, to all appearance as robust in growth as the green Due de Malakoff. In making these experiments, Mr Laing made use of matured and young wood as grafts, and his experience has taught him that hard wood with dormant buds is preferable to young points of growth: the former is certain to come variegated; in the case of the latter, the young points inserted as scions go on to make green leaves, and it is only when the points are removed that the fresh shoots forced into growth thereby came variegated.

Mr Laing also recommends budding in preference to grafting, and that the stock and bud should both be of a similarly matured character. In a course of lectures "On Plant Life as contrasted with that of Animals," delivered before the Royal Institution by Dr Masters, Editor of the 'Gardeners' Chronicle,' considerable reference was made to the variations secured by budding and grafting, and these Abutilons were brought forward as illustrations in point. In describing the influence exerted by the stock on the scion, Dr Masters stated that it is a general belief amongst gardeners that in most cases but little actual change is produced by grafting either in the stock or in the scion; but the exceptions to this rule are so numerous, and even from a gardening point of view so important, that it seems better to consider that we have not succeeded in tracing; the effects in all cases than to deny the existence of such modifications. In illustration of these points the lecturer alluded to the effect of the stock in producing hardiness of constitution in the scion, and instanced a case where grafts of Cupressus macrocarpa on the Red Cedar as a stock had survived the winter, while seedlings from the same species, grown on the same spot, had perished.

It certainly does seem remarkable that in the case of the experiments with Abutilons made by Messrs Downie, Laird, & Laing, variegation, which has been proclaimed by botanists to be a disease in vegetation, should be found overpowering the green form of growth, and changing its character, and this whether used as a scion or stock in the process of grafting. It was stated by Dr Masters that it has been found by M. Van Houtte, in the case of the Abutilons just referred to, that if the variegated scion be removed the variegation gradually disappears from the stock, and green leaves only are subsequently produced.

The subscription to the Veitch memorial is said to have reached the sum of 900, but the manner in which this sum is to be expended has not yet been announced: probably the Executive Committee have not yet matured their plans. There has been a kind of eruption of horticultural testimonials during the past few months, of varying degrees of consequence; and it is not impossible that a few years hence, so rapid has been the growth in this direction of late, that a testimonial epidemic will set in, and great and small, known and unknown, will have a chance of reaping a reward of this character, whether deserved or undeserved. The Veitch memorial was a strongly exceptional case, and we are glad to know so much money has been realised; but when nearly half-a-dozen others spring up around it, it must be admitted they are somewhat unwelcome corollaries.

The recent death of Mr Richard Stains was the means of removing from our midst another of those noricultural worthies that so largely helped to make the past of floriculture famous; while to some of them, and notably to Mr Stains, it was given that they should be valuable helpers in aiding its present development. For many years he was a cultivator and exhibitor of florists' flowers ; but during the latter years of his life, owing to the claims of business, etc, he had almost entirely, if not quite, abandoned their culture. He was a firm friend and constant supporter of the once National Floricultural Society, he was an active member of the Committee of Management on its formation in 1851, and was the treasurer of the Society in 1859, 011 the occasion of its dissolution. For many years also he was one of the judges at the exhibitions of the Royal Botanic Society in the Regent's Park, and at the time of his being stricken down with paralysis in 18G5 a member of the Floral Committee of the Royal Horticultural Society. His genial character and open-handed hospitality were known to all who came in contact with him; and it was painful indeed to many of his old friends and associates to know that, though living, he was both mentally and physically incapacitated from acting with them, or taking any cognisance of those pursuits that formerly afforded him so much pleasure.

Mr Stains died in the King's Road, Chelsea, in the early days of the month of April.

The Central Horticultural Society, of which the late Mr Samuel Broome was an active member, is taking steps towards the erection, in Nunhead Cemetery, of a memorial over his grave, in remembrance of the high esteem in which he was held, and by way of perpetuating his memory.

Our readers, says the 'Canada Farmer,' have heard of the atrocity of girdling some 1500 fruit trees near St Joseph, Michigan, last spring, and how the neighbourhood turned out in a body and bandaged them up so as to save them. Every one of these trees is living, and the owner has realised an immense crop of fruit from them the past season. This fact is considered quite marvellous by the residents round about. Those wise in such matters explain it by saying that the interception of sap by girdling has caused the production of fruit instead of wood this season, and that the real trial for the life of the trees will come next year. It used to be thought that there was no help for a girdled tree; but the theory is now exploded. In the above case the damage was remedied by bandaging the trees with strips of cloth dipped in wax. If the girdling was very broad, we apprehend that a portion of these trees have borne fruit for the last time. What is thought a better way of saving girdled trees, has been very successfully practised for some twenty years at Nashua, New Hampshire. The method is to graft five or six scions as large round as a goose-quill, and long enough to reach over the girdled place into the tree.

The live bark is first notched above and below the girdle, the sprouts sprung into place, and the ends fastened with wax. These scions grow rapidly, and in time spread over the whole girdled surface. Apple-trees completely girdled, and having the bark taken off over a foot in width on one side, have been saved in the above manner by Mr Town.

The Council of the Royal Horticultural Society have succeeded in making what appears to be a very favourable arrangement for securing a portion of the Chiswick Gardens. We learn from the 'Gardeners' Chronicle' that the present arrangements are these: - The arboretum is to go; the Wilderness is to be a wilderness no longer; the orchard is to be abandoned; of the 30 acres 10 only are to be retained as an experimental garden; the council-room, large conservatory, and fruit-room, and all the other houses, will be retained. Though the old orchard is to be abandoned, young trees have been secured on dwarf stocks, so that space will thus be gained without much loss. A lease of the 10 acres will be granted for fifty years, at a rental of about 100 a-year, through the liberality of the Duke of Devonshire, who has not proved the stern landlord the Council made him out to be. It is estimated that by these new arrangements the Society will be able to reduce its expenditure by 1000 a-year. That Chiswick is not to be wholly abandoned will be a cause for congratulation among horticulturists ; and it is to be hoped that examples of practical horticulture will not be altogether discarded.

Considerable interest was manifested at the meeting of the Royal Horticultural Society on the 6th ult., about some forced Asters in pots, exhibited by Messrs Standish and Co., Royal Nurseries, Ascot. They were of the dwarf bouquet strain, and were nice, compactly-grown plants, of a branching habit. The seed was sown about the end of August, but by sowing two months earlier Messrs Standish & Co. hope to have forced Asters at Christmas. The Standard Roses in pots, brought to the same meeting, were a somewhat novel and interesting feature. Messrs H. Lane & Son had a group of about twenty plants, all with nice heads of bloom averaging from five to ten flowers; and Messrs Standish & Co. had a standard specimen of H. P. Duke of Edinburgh, in a pot bearing between thirty and forty flowers. Messrs Veitch & Sons made their debut at this exhibition as Rose exhibitors, staging a charming group of quarter specimen pyramidal trained Roses that were much admired and highly commended.