Arriving at Dysart House, we entered the kitchen-garden, which is near the highroad, and soon found Mr Pirie, the intelligent gardener. Proceeding towards the centre of the garden, we made our first visit to the large vinery. For height it has few equals north of the Forth; and were it not for a belt of trees in front of this glass structure, it would be a land-mark observable from the Firth. These trees in front shut out not only the Forth from view, but also the sun for a great part of the year. Notwithstanding this evil, enormous crops of Grapes have been produced for a number of years, and the crop this season is as heavy as ever. The foliage is remarkably healthy, and no shanking or red-spider is to be seen. The borders (I think) are about 4 feet deep, concreted to prevent the roots getting into the bottom, which is of a sandy nature, and one of the worst for shanking and red-spider, into which vine-roots would run wild and hasten their ruin. The ground about this vinery is flat and apparently rather damp; little of the border is to be seen.outside, grass plats being all round the house.

Its depth is an argument against shallow borders (which, however, are getting rapidly out of favour), the Vines showing that they are receiving the necessary requirements to secure health and vigour. The kinds grown are Muscats (Black and White), Lady Downes, Buckland's Sweetwater, Abercairney Seedling, Black Hambro', and others. All are apparently at home, the treatment given suiting each kind.

We took a turn round the extensive kitchen-garden, much of which, however, is taken up with trees of a great size and large breadths of healthy Rhododendrons. Dysart has long been famous for this class of plants, and we should suppose the collection never was more extensive or in finer condition than at present. The flower-borders, which were so long a source of attraction to visitors and others, are now things of the past. Ground for vegetable crops being more in demand, these borders are used to raise supplies for the kitchen. New flower-gardens are in course of making, but I am not sure that they will (even under the management of a Pirie) be so effective as the borders so long have been. One thing in one of them deserves special notice - where Calceolarias, Geraniums, Verbenas, etc, were wont to luxuriate and display their fine colours, is growing a splendid crop of Carrots, such as is seldom seen in this part of the country. The sight of them is enough to cause any Fife gardener to break the tenth commandment, so seldom can we secure a crop from vermin. So much for the produce of ground which has not grown vegetables.for many years. There are a number of glass-houses and pits for plants, etc.

One large structure, a lean-to for plants, was filled with Camellias and Rhododendrons of the finer sorts, which make a grand display in winter; and the quantity of cut flowers had is enormous. These are planted out, - an arrangement which is always attended with satisfactory results, and gives less labour and vigorous plants.

The new flower-gardens in course of making are at one end, and in front, of the mansion. It would be premature to say what these gardens are really to be, so much (at the time of our visit) required to be done to get them into order. One portion is on gravel, and another is on grass - the latter separated from the former by a broad walk, grass plat, and terrace. The garden on grass promises to be an exceedingly neat affair, but the position being so close to the town of Dysart, and the houses not quite out of view, will rob this garden of much of its beauty and interest. There has lately been a beautiful carriage-drive taken from the house westward through the grounds. This is an immense improvement, and the work is well done. Though it is along the beach close to the rocks, the planting of the trees and the windings of the road are done so that an idea of great extent and variety is given; openings are left where peeps of the sea are to be seen; and at the termination, a short avenue shows the outline of Ravens-craig Castle, which is a grand old ruin standing boldly on a rock washed on each side by the Forth. The grounds of Dysart House have long been widely known for the fine shrubs and Coniferae growing so luxuriantly at every turn of the numerous walks and lawns.

Rhododendrons seem to have been a specialty here for many years: and right well they thrive, almost within reach of the salt-water spray. The collection contains most of the best kinds, and there are some large specimens. There are some very handsome Araucarias, one of which was a long time a notable specimen in Scotland, but younger plants, growing in deeper and richer soil, have come upsides with it; but for a handsome drooping habit, we have seen none to surpass it. This brings to my mind the effect this tree produced on Mr Bircham (late of the Hendenham Rosary). When I was spending a day with him in his extensive Rose-grounds, he related some amusing incidents which happened when on a visit to Dysart House, one of which was, when he saw the beautiful Araucaria, he lay down on the grass and gazed at it for two hours in silent admiration. The grounds at Dysart are worthy of a visit when the Rhododendrons are in flower; and the other fine features of them are a source of interest at all times.

After leaving Dysart, we drove towards Kirkcaldy (known to many as the "Lang Toun"). Though our time was limited, we made a call at Messrs Sang's Nurseries. Having always profited by former visits to this establishment, we were on this occasion again tempted to inspect the nursery stock. Near the highroad stands a compact block of span-roofed houses; in two of them are a splendid lot of well-grown Vines in pots. They are trained near to the glass, so that the wood and foliage may have the full benefit of the light, which tells so wonderfully in producing short-jointed wood and plump buds. Great attention is paid to selecting the kinds true to name, and those which are worthy of cultivation. In other structures long benches are loaded with Pelargoniums representing the best kinds of their various classes. Among large numbers of new kinds annually bought in, few stand the test after being proved. There is a trial-ground near the houses, where buyers can judge of the merits of the bedding kinds. We had no time to make notes, but conspicuous among others were Miss H. Haig, King of Scarlets, and Vesuvius. Among specialties in these nurseries is a splendid collection of British Ferns. The whole of the famous collection of Dr Lyall of Newburgh is represented here.

The plants were in robust health, and great attention is given to correct naming. They are growing in long lines of what might be termed miniature sheds, boarded on the south side and open to the north. Large breadths of Leeks were to be seen growing, to produce seed of the True Scotch. Sang's Select Beet is grown extensively for seed: this is an excellent kind, and holds its own against any we have tried, not so' much, for foliage as rich tender roots. Fruit-trees, Roses, Shrubs, and all general nursery stock, are grown here in quantity. Among fruit-trees, large breadths of the hardier kinds of Apples are kept. Cultivators are gradually increasing their stock of kinds which can be depended on for bearing: among these, in the way of Apples, are King of Pippins, Stirling Castle, Aitkin's No. 2, and Lord Suffield: and were we to form a new orchard, these kinds would form a large portion of our collection. For seven years under my care these Apples have been abundant every season - indeed, Aitkin's No. 2 will, if not looked after, in time fruit itself to death. Messrs Sang's nursery is famous for its high keeping; we believe it is surpassed by none in Britain in this respect.

This opinion is endorsed by Mr Thomas Osborn (of Osborn &, Sons, Fulham Nurseries), who travels from London to Aberdeen annually, and has ample opportunities of judging. After leaving this nursery, we entered St Brycedale, the suburban residence of Provost Swan. Places of this stamp seldom come in for the share of praise they deserve, and still it is from this class that the finest examples of horticultural produce are brought to our great exhibitions. M. Temple.

(To be continued).