The autumn exhibition of this Society was held in the Music Hall, George Street, Edinburgh, on the 13th of last month. As an exhibition of fruit and flowers it was one of the best ordinary-autumn shows the Society has called forth.

The attendance of visitors was above the average, judging by the sum of money taken at the door, which was 20 more than on the same occasion last year; and we never saw so large a gathering of gardeners at an ordinary exhibition in Edinburgh before, all taking a deep interest in the productions on the tables, and proving that such exhibitions are of great value from an educational point of view, and deserving the support of all interested in horticultural pursuits.

The first prize for the collection of eight plants in pots was awarded to Mr Patterson, Gardens, Millbank, who had well-grown specimens of Erica Marmockiana, E. Atonia, E. Aitoniana, Miltonia bicolor, Eucaris amazonica with 24 spikes of bloom, Statice profusa, Clerodendron Balfouriana, and Odontoglossum grandiflorum. Mr Lees of Tyninghame was a good second with Catleya Dowiana, a lovely plant; Erica Turnbullii, a very fine autumn-flowering Heath, raised by his uncle, Mr Turnbull of Bothwell Castle, who has done more for this class of plants than any other man ever did; and had he been at the exhibition on the occasion, he must have felt proud to see the display his seedling Heaths made; - E. Linnaeoides, E. Austriciana, E. Marnockiaua, and Vallotta purpurea with 33 fine spikes of bloom.

The exhibition of fruit was a fair average of other years, with the exception of Black Hamburg Grapes, which in point of finish were not up to the usual standard.

In Mr Johnston of Glamis's collection were very fine Muscats and Black Prince Grapes, fine Melons, Figs, Peaches, Nectarines, Cherries, Strawberries, and Plums. Mr Temple, Balbirnie, produced on the occasion some excellent fruit, as did many others, as will be seen by the list of prizes. Mr Turner of Slough exhibited a stand of splendid new Dahlias; amongst them we noted as of superior excellence John Standish, a perfect flower, James Wilder, Laura Haslem, and Hope. These got first-class certificates awarded to them.

Among Seedling Hollyhocks, Messrs Downie, Laird, & Laing showed some fine flowers; two of great excellence were selected for first honours, and named John Stewart and Mrs Laing.

Messrs P. Lawson & Son filled the orchestra with Conifers and other graceful plants, and, like all the other Edinburgh nurserymen, contributed to the general display by filling tables with showy plants. The most striking novelty in the hall was the Amaranthus salicifolius, exhibited for the first time in Scotland by Messrs Veitch of Chelsea. This new and most strikingly graceful plant was sent from Manilla by the late John G. Veitch. It is a hardy summer annual, growing about 3 feet high, and as many in diameter, producing long Willow-like leaves, as its name indicates; the colour of various shades of pink and bronze. We believe that seed of it will be offered to the public next spring, and it will form a striking feature wherever it is grown, whether on the greenhouse stage, the conservatory, or the flower-border.

The following is a list of the awards: -

Class I. - Fruit

Two smooth Cayenne Pine-Apples - R. Foulis, gardener to Mr G. W. Henderson of Fordel.

One heaviest bunch of Grapes - 1. J. Dickson, gardener to Mr J. Jardine, Arkleton; 2. Charles Irving, gardener to G. Wilson, Heronhill.

Two bunches Black Hamburg Grapes - .1. Charles Irving; 2. Thomas Boyd, gardener to W. Sanderson, Oaklea, Galashiels.

Two bunches Muscat of Alexandria Grapes - 1. J. Johnston, gardener to the Earl of Strathinore, Glamis Castle; 2. George Greig, gardener to Mr William Christie, Craigend park.

Two bunches Muscat Hamburg Grapes - 1. James Turner, gardener to Mr Mark Sprott of Riddel; 2. M Temple, gardener to Mr John Balfour of Balbirnie.

Two bunches White Lady Downes - 1. George Greig; 2. James Gordon, gardener to Mr Wauchope of Niddrie.

One bunch Black Alicante Grapes (special prize by Messrs Thomas Meth-ven & Sons) - 1. George Greig; 2. J. Dickson and J. Fraser, equal.

One bunch Finest-Flavoured White Grapes - 1. George Greig; 2. J. Johnston.

One bunch Finest-Flavoured Black Grapes - 1. M. Temple; 2. J. W. Fortune, gardener to Mr R. Jardine of Castlemilk.

One bunch Finest Black for Finest Bloom - 1. and 2. J. Fraser.

Best bunch of any Grape not named in this schedule - 1. J. Johnston; 2. George Greig.

A collection of Twenty Sorts of Fruits, not more than four sorts of Grapes, two sorts of Pines, and two sorts of Melons - 1. J. Johnston.

A collection of Sixteen Sorts of Fruits (exclusive of Pines) - 1. M. Temple; 2. J. Turner; 3. J. Brunton, gardener to Sir W. Kinloch, Gilmerton.

One Melon, green-fleshed - 1. G. W. Fortune; 2. D. Ross.

One Melon, scarlet-fleshed - 1. B. Wetherston, gardener to Mr J. Wilson, Restalrig; 2. James Wright, Howden.

Six Apricots - 1. John Cumming, gardener to Earl of Wemyss, Amisfield; 2. J. Brunton.

Twelve Plums, Four Sorts, three of each - 1. J. Brunton; 2. J. Gumming.

Six Peaches, any sort - 1. Thomas Lees, gardener to Earl of Haddington, Tyninghame; 2. C. M'Taggart, gardener to Mr R. Dundas of Arniston.

Six Peaches, grown on open wall - 1. A. Anderson, gardener to Mr Brown of Ashley; 2. James Vair, Maybie.

Six Nectarines, any sort - 1. T. Lees; 2. George Barrie, gardener to Mr Fletcher of Saltoun.

Six Nectarines, grown on open wall - 1. J. Cunitning; 2. J. Brunton.

Six Jargonelle Pears, fit for the table - 1. T. Lees; 2. J. Gumming.

Six Pears, Two Sorts, three of each (exclusive of Jargonelle), fit for table - 1. J. Foulis; 2. J. Brunton. Collection of Baking Apples, six sorts, three of each, ripe or unripe - 1. J. Cumming; 2. J. Brunton.

Six Dessert Apples, fit for the table, two sorts, three of each - 1. J. Gumming; 2. J. Brunton.

Pint of Gooseberries - 1. Alexander Gibson, gardener to Sir J. G. Baird, Edmonston; 2. J. Brunton.

Pint of Bed Currants - 1. D. Macfar-lane, gardener to Sir R. Hay, King's Meadows; 2. J. Brunton.

Class II. - Open To Gardeners And Amateurs

Eight Stove and Greenhouse Plants in Flower - 1. J. Paterson, gardener to Mr J. Syme, Millbank; 2. T. Lees; 3. J. Currie, gardener to Mr W. Nelson, Salisbury Green.

Three Cape Heaths, of sorts - 1. J. Currie; 2. T. Lees; 3. J. Paterson.

Four Plants, with fine foliage - 1. J. Paterson; 2. J. Currie; 3. G. R. Mill, gardener to Mr H. M. Inglis of Logan Bank.

Four Ferns, exclusive of Trees - 1. J. Gordon; 2. D. Kerr, gardener to Mr A. B. Shand, Glencorse.

Tree Fern - 1. J. Gordon; 2. M. Murray, Carleton Lodge; 3. J. Currie, Salisbury Green.

Two Fuchsias, of sorts - 1. J. Cowper, gardener to Mr W. A. Wardrope of Balfron; 2. J. Walker, gardener to Mr J. Wood, Rosehall.

Two Fuchsias, in 8-inch pots - 1. J. Cowper; 2. J. Walker.

Two Cockscombs - 1. A. Anderson; 2. G. R. Mill.

Three Zonale or Bedding Geraniums, sorts, in pots not larger than 8 inches - 1. John King, gardener to Sir George Warrender, Bruntsfield House; 2. J. Currie.

Three Variegated Geraniums, of sorts - 1. W. Gray, gardener, Craig Park; 2. C. Macfarlane.

Three Bronze Geraniums, of sorts - 1. A. Dougall, gardener to Mr J. Cowan, Beeslack; 2. B. Wetherston.

Twelve Cut Roses, of sorts - 1. R. Rutherford, Courthill; 2. W. Knox, gardener to Mr J. Hay, Leith; 3. W. Pirie, gardener to Earl of Rosslyn, Dysart.

Twelve Gladioli, of sorts - 1. A. Dougall; 2. D. Taylor, gardener to Mr J. Dickson of Saughton.

Six Gladioli, of sorts - 1. B. Wether-ston; 2. J. Ridpath, Edinburgh.

Twelve Quilled Asters, of sorts - 1. J. Taylor, Inveresk; 2. D. Taylor, Saughton.

Twelve Chrysanthemum - flowered Asters, of sorts - 1. D. Wright; 2. J. Taylor.

Six Phloxes, of sorts - 1. D. Macfar-lane; 2. D. Taylor.

Nine Spikes of Hollyhocks, of sorts - 1. D. Macfarlane;. 2. D. Marshall, gardener to Miss Have, Vingston Grange.

Twelve Hollyhock Blooms, of sorts - 1. Jas. Fraser; 2. D. Marshall.

Six Hollyhock Blooms, of sorts - 1. J. Fraser; 2. D. Kerr.

Eighteen Dahlia Blooms, exclusive of Fancies, of sorts - 1. W. Brown; 2. J. Walker; 3. Wm. Mattock, Niddrie Mains.

Twelve Dahlia Blooms, exclusive of Fancies, of sorts - 1. A. Dougall; 2. A. Tait.

Twelve Fancy Dahlia Blooms, of sorts - 1. T. Reid, Bangholm Bower; 2. J. Walker; 3. A. Dougall.

Class III. - For Nurserymen Only

Twenty-four Dahlia Blooms, of sorts - 1. John Garthove, Sons, & Co., Falkirk; 2. J. Macpherson, Aberdeen.

Twelve Fancy Dahlia Blooms, of sorts - J. Stewart, Dundee.

Thirty Gladioli, not more than two of a sort - 1. Stewart & Mein, Kelso; 2. J. Macpherson.

Best assorted Table of Plants in Flower or Foliage, not exceeding 20 by 3 feet - 1. P. Lawson & Sons, Edinburgh; 2. T. Methven & Sons; 3. J. Dickson & Sons.

Class IV. - Open To Gardeners And Amateurs

Two Cucumbers - 1. J. Turner; 2. R. Robertson.

Four Cauliflowers - 1. J. Mill; 2. J. Fraser, Belmont.

Two Stalks Brussels Sprouts - 1. J. Gordon; 2. A. Anderson.

Four Stalks Celery - 1. J. Mill; 2.

B. Wetherston.

Four Beetroot - 1. B. Campbell, Alva; 2. D. Marshall.

Six Leeks - 1. R. Robertson, Seacock; 2. J. Ridpath.

Twelve Onions - 1. D. Marshall; 2.

C. Macfarlane.

Collection of Vegetables, twelve sorts - 1. C. Irving; 2. A. Anderson.

Class V. - Amateurs Only

Basket of Vegetables, eight sorts - J. Ridpath.

Six Gladioli - J. Ridpath.

Best six Rose Blooms - G. L. Brown, Millburn Cottage.

Best one Zonale Geranium - N. M. Cairns, Niddrie.

Six Phloxes, varieties - 1. J. Ridpath; 2. G. L. Brown.

Class VI. - Cottagers To Compete Free

Best Fuchsia - N. M. Cairns. Best Hydrangea - N. M. Cairns. Two German Greens - N. M. Cairns. Two Savoys - N. M. Cairns.

First-class certificates were awarded to Mr Charles Turner, the Royal Nurseries, Slough, for Seedling Dalhias John Standish, James Wilder, Laura Haslam, and Hope; to Messrs Veitch & Sons, Exotic Nursery, Chelsea, for Amaranthus salicifolius; to Messrs Downie, Laird, & Laing, Coates Nursery, for Seedling Hollyhocks John Stewart and Mrs Laing; to Mr G. M. Butter, Nurseryman, Greenock, for Sibthorpea europea argentea variegata.

The members of the Society dined together in the afternoon in the Albert Hotel - Councillor Methven, of Messrs T. Methven & Sons, presiding, supported by Mr Williams and Mr Veitch, both celebrated nurserymen, from London; Mr R. A. Arnott, of Messrs Mitchell, Arnott, & Co., Hanover Street, officiating as croupier. The chairman, in proposing the toast of the evening, "Prosperity to the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society," stated that the exhibition of that day was the finest he had seen for many years, and expressed his regret that the public did not patronise the shows of the Association so well as they might do. Other toasts bearing upon the interests of horticulture were afterwards proposed and responded to.