After a winter so exceptionally severe, there was every reason to fear that the spring show of this Society would show its effects in a limited entry of exhibition produce. Visitors to the show would therefore be most agreeably surprised to find the Waverley Market furnished with such a grand display of plants and other subjects. It was not, nor could it be expected, such a grand show as that of last year; but it says much for the popularity of the Royal Caledonian, and for the confidence and consequent loyalty of Scotch gardeners to its management, that the show of April 2d and 3d could only be considered as second to its predecessor. As on the occasion of last year's spring show, a row of fir-trees was carried round the greater portion of the large market, just in a line with the front of the galleries and immediately beneath them. The general arrangements were the same as at previous shows held last season - series of tables running the length of the hall, with cross tables at each end. The arrangement is doubtless convenient, but somewhat formal, and" will prove monotonous to frequenters of the Edinburgh flower shows if continued in its sameness.

Considering the enterprise of the trade in Edinburgh, and the difficulty experienced by some of them in getting their plants staged on the tables allotted to them at the past show, there ought to be no difficulty in obtaining a few naturally arranged groups of plants at these shows.

As is usual with the shows of this Society, all went "merry as a wedding bell," thanks to the good management of the managing committee - Messrs Johnson of the Lawson Co., M'Leod of the City Gardens, and Mitchell of Trinity. Nor can we refrain from pointing out, for the benefit of kindred societies, the great liberality shown to gardeners. No fewer than 400 admission tickets were presented to gardeners and their assistants to view the exhibition - an act of liberality on the part of the council unique in the history of horticultural societies. Entering by the west entrance opposite the Scott monument, a table of Hyacinths, staged in competition by gardeners, and containing over 200 plants, at once attracts attention by the general evenness of the lot. Mr Cowe, after several years' rest, exhibits again this season, and again occupies his usual position. The companion table is filled with Tulips, very bright, and some of them especially well grown. The centre line of large tables is, as usual, occupied by nurserymen; that at the west end being filled by Messrs Ireland & Thomson with a collection comprising many fine Palms, new Crotons, and new Dracaenas in large plants, well-bloomed plants of Azalea mollis, several pans of new Coleus, some pieces of Orchids, amongst which were a fine variety of Odontoglossum Cervantessii, and a good variety of Dendrobium Wardianum. On the table of Messrs Dicksons & Co., which came next in order, were grouped large Tree-Ferns, Rhododendrons, and forcing shrubs, edged with smaller plants in variety.

A small collection of the best Alpines occupied one end of the table, amongst which were several seedling forms of the beautiful Primula denticulata. A Rhododendron of the Edgeworthii type, named Duchess of Conuaught, was awarded a first-class certificate. Messrs Downie & Laird came next with a massive group of plants, monster specimens of Rhododendrons - Broughtonia occupying the central position, and supported by splendid examples of brilliant Countess of Haddington, Falconerii, etc. Various Azaleas, a fine Imantophyllum miniatum var., which was awarded a certificate, and some of the finest varieties of Cyclamen ever shown in Edinburgh, were the most noteworthy subjects in this grand table. The table next in order is that of Messrs T. Methven & Sons, which is solely filled with a collection of superbly-flowered Rhododendrons; something to have relieved the overpowering mass of flower in this group would have added immensely to its effect as a whole. Some of the best Rhododendrons were John Waterer, Mirabile, Prince Camille de Rohan, the Grand Arab, and Comtesse de Morello. On a smaller table alongside this firm had an excellent display of forced Pelargoniums mixed with other seasonable plants.

A seedling Pelargonium, named Countess of Rose-bery, in this group, had a certificate awarded to it. Messrs Drummond Brothers had a table of choice decorative plants, with several nice bits of Orchids intermixed. This firm had also some chastely-got-up wreaths and bouquets occupying one end of their table, which was placed across one side of the hall at the east end. Opposite, Mr Wm. Taylor, market-gardener, Hermitage, Lochend, Leith, staged a lot of forced stuff in excellent condition. There was a back row of capital Spiraea, and rows of Polyanthus-Narcissus, Tulips, Hyacinths, a line of Lily of the Valley finishing off the whole. A special award of 3, 3s. was worthily awarded to this group. Mr Robertson Munro was great in Alpines, hardy Primulas, and Narcissus; a certificate was awarded to a white variety of Primula denticulata. Messrs Todd & Co. had their table occupied with decorative subjects - plants, bouquets, etc. Mr Anderson, Meadowbank, staged a small group of seedling Amaryllis, which was most effective, and attracted much attention. First-class certificates were awarded to three of the number - to Isaac Anderson-Henry, an orange scarlet flower with white venation; A. B. Stewart, a deep crimson spotted flower; and Angus M'Leod, crimson.

Turning up the northern side of the building, a basket of lovely sprays of Hovea Celsii, another of Rhododendron arboreum, and another of mixed Camellia blooms from Mr Knight, Floors, is noted. Here also are the Deutzias in large plants, but overtied. A table of exotic Ferns next attracts attention, as containing a remarkably even lot of fine plants, in several species of Adiantum, Davallia bullata, extra fine, and a good Gleichenia dicarpa. Up the same side are the specimen stove and greenhouse plants - the best, as usual, from Mr Paterson, Millbank; Azaleas in small pots and well bloomed; the gardeners' classes for Alpines, Primulas, Cyclamens, etc, - all well filled and keenly contested. The Roses were not a large competition. Some very fresh buds of Marechal Niel were staged by Mr Pearson, gardener to Lady Dundas, Beechwood; but doubtless the great centre of attraction in this series of tables is that devoted to the Orchids. There is not only a better competition for these than is general at Edinburgh, but some notable plants are shown.

Dendrobium nobile is shown in several collections, also D. Wardianum and D. densifiorum, a well-bloomed basket of Coelogyne nitida, a potful of C. Lemoinei, and the Arbroath specimen of Phalaenopsis Schilleriana, with five branched spikes and nearly 400 blooms. This superb plant was awarded the first prize for a single Orchid, 15s. Mr Masson showed some fine cut Orchids as well, including a spike of the new Cymbidium Lowianum, and some good varieties of Lycaste Skinneri, including an extra fine bloom of alba. From Brentham Park, Stirling, came also a collection of cut Orchids; and also from Mr N. M'Gregor, gardener to C. Walker, Esq. Bradfield, Lanark, a large and varied collection of cut Orchids, in the newest and best varieties, and every one of them bearing the stamp of high cultivation. It was surely through some mistake that no notice was taken of these by the judges. Passing to the south side of the hall, we find the large specimen Azaleas, the first-prize specimens of Mr Paul being simply perfect. There is only one table of plants staged for competition. It was made up of half specimen Heaths and Azaleas, foliage plants, and decorative bulbous plants, etc, in variety, and was very effectively arranged. Mr Spence, gardener to J. Buchanan, Esq., is the exhibitor.

There was a large display of cut Camellias, but wanting in size and fulness. Fruit was not a large show. Three good Pines were staged. Strawberries not large but fresh; and Lady Downes and Gros Colman Grapes in good condition. A Strawberry in a pot was awarded a first-class certificate. It was shown by Mr Chisholm, gardener to P. Rintoul, Esq., Both well Bank. Vegetables were very limited in quantity; especially noteworthy were some large fresh Brussels Sprouts, shown by Mr G. Potter, Seacliffe, in his collection.

The following are the awards of the judges, who were:-

Messrs James Henderson, Cowden Castle; Win. Shearer, Yester; Neil Glass, Carsebrook; Henderson, Killinside, Paisley; Dunn, Dalkeith Palace; Lewin, Drumpellier; Whitton, Coltness; Lunt, Ardgowan; Henderson, Castle-Wemyss; Johnstone, Glamis Castle; Kettles, Archerfield; and M'Intyre, the Glen.