If anything, this show was of a lower degree of quality than its predecessor. The plants were of a somewhat mediocre character; the table decorations helped to redeem the character of the show to some extent.

The show of fruit was a very good one. Four collections, arranged as a dessert, were exhibited; Mr Johnson, gardener to the Marquis of Aylesbury, Savernake, coming in first with excellent examples of Black Hamburg and Tottenham Park Muscat (Muscat of Alexandria) Grapes, the former good in bunch and berry; two very good Queen Pines; fine Bellegarde and Teton de Venus Peaches, the latter being larger and more beautifully coloured than we had before seen it exhibited; Elruge and Violette Hative Nectarines, very fine; Golden Perfection and Tri-omphe de Nice Melons; fine Black Tartarian Cherries, Strawberries, etc. The second-best collection came from Mr Bannerman, gardener to Lord Bagot, Blith-field Hall, Rugeley, who set up first-rate examples of Black Hamburgh and Grizzly Frontignan Grapes, with a very fair sample of the new Golden Champion; two Queen Pines, smaller than in the former collection; two specimens of the Trent-ham white-fleshed Melon, large, and in shape like a Vegetable Marrow; very good Noblesse and Royal George Peaches, with Strawberries, Cherries, Currants, etc. The best 6 dishes of outdoor fruits were furnished by Mr Gardiner, gardener to E. P. Shirley, Esq., Eatington Park, and consisted of Cherries, Currants, Gooseberries, Strawberries, etc., in excellent condition.

In the class for one fruit of the Queen Pine-Apple, Mr J. Acres, gardener to J. C. Copestake, Esq., Highgate, came in first with a beautiful specimen, weighing 6 lb.; the next best weighed 4 lb. 10 oz., and showed very fine and regularly-formed pips: this came from Mr R. H. Smith, gardener to H. "Walker, Esq., Calder-stone, Liverpool. Mr C. Penford, gardener to Earl Radnor, Longford Castle, Wilts, was placed first in the class for any other variety, with a good-shaped Providence weighing about 8 lb.; a longer fruit of the same variety, and the same weight, from Mr Bertram, gardener, Cyfartha Castle, was placed second. Peaches and Nectarines were not shown in nearly such abundance as at the corresponding shows in former years, though, be it said in extenuation, they were all good. Two exceedingly fine dishes of Grosse Mignonne came from Mr Lynn, gardener to Lord Boston, Hedsor, and secured the first prize; the same variety and Royal George, shown in fine condition by Mr Miller, Combe Abbey, being placed second. For the best two dishes of Nectarines Mr Miller stood first and Mr Lynn second, the former with large and well-coloured examples of Oldenburg and Violette Hative. Pitmaston Orange, Elruge, and the above, also figured conspicuously in other collections.

In the class for two Pine-apples in pots, any kind, the best came from Mr Miles, the second best from Mr R. Laing, gardener to P. W. Flower, Esq., Tooting Common, Queens being the principal variety exhibited. Of Cherries, Mr Miles sent two splendid dishes of Bigarreau Napoleon, and took the first prize in the class for white varieties; whilst Mr J. Pottle, gardener to D. B. Colvin, Esq., Bealings Grove, came in first for black kinds with Black Circassian; Mr Miles being second in the latter class with good specimens of the same variety and May Duke. Only one dish of Plums was shown, and this, a very good one of Orleans from Mr Miles, was considered worthy of the first prize. The same exhibitor also staged the best four dishes of Strawberries, first-rate specimens of Dr Hogg, Admiral Dundas, Mr Radclyffe, and Sir C. Napier. In the class for scarlet-fleshed Melons, a small fruit of Scarlet Gem, very fine in flavour, contributed by Mr J. Cross, gardener to Sir F. H. Goldsmid, Bart., was placed first; the next best being Meredith's Hybrid Cashmere, exhibited by Mr Burnett; while the third prize was taken by Mr Banting, gardener to Lady Pringle, Bonchurch, Isle of Wight, with Queen Victoria. A small round Melon, named Marquis of Ailsa, shown by Mr T. Crane, was the best in the class for green-fleshed varieties; a medium-sized fruit of Dr Hogg, shown by Mr W. Gardiner, taking second honours.

Neither class was at all well represented. For the best 12 lb. of Black Grapes, Mr G. Ward came first, Mr W. Davis second, and Messrs Standish & Co. third; the former with excellent examples of Black Hamburgh, and the latter with Royal Ascot, good on all points. Iu the corresponding class for White Grapes, fair specimens of Muscat of Alexandria were contributed by Mr G. Osborn, Kay's Nursery, Finchley, and Mr W. Davis, New Lodge, Whetstone, the prizes being awarded in the order named. Mr C. Penford, gardener to Earl Radnor, sent the best dish of Black Hamburgh, the bunches being large, well-shouldered, and good in berry and colour. Messrs Standish & Co. sent Golden Champion, produced by a last year's graft on the Royal Ascot, which partakes very much of the flavour of that variety.