Primulas, Orchids, and Grapes constituted the chief features at this meeting, the first-named occupying a large space, and forming an attractive group. There was a large attendance of the members of the Committees.

Fruit Committee

W. Paul, Esq., in the chair. Mr J. Wallis, The Gardens, Keele Hall, sent a box of Grapes consisting of Gros Colman, in fine condition, and Golden Queen, which was not so good; a cultural commendation was awarded. Mr G. T. Miles, Wycombe Abbey Gardens, sent samples of new and old Grapes, the former being Black Hamburg, and the latter Lady Downes; the Black Hamburgs were very fine: a cultural commendation was awarded. Mr Hudson, The Gardens, Gunnersbury House, Acton, sent twelve bunches of very handsome Lady Downes Grape, they had been kept in bottles for five weeks; a cultural commendation was unanimously awarded. Mr Miles also exhibited three very fine specimens of Lord Carington Pine Apple, for which a cultural commendation was awarded. Messrs Saltmarsh & Son exhibited a seedling Apple, of deep yellow colour, with an orange cheek marked with broken streaks of crimson; it had a tender flesh and an agreeable sub-acid flavour. It was not of sufficient merit to obtain a certificate.

Mr Miles, gardener to Lord Carington, exhibited eight handsome fruits of Petch's Favourite Cucumber, to which a letter of thanks was awarded. Mr Gilbert, The Gardens, Burghley, sent a pair of Montrose Seedling Cucumber - a cross between Sion House and Kenyon's Freebearer; it is a pretty Cucumber, about a foot long, and very symmetrical. Another seedling called Verdant Green was exhibited by Mr J. M'Indoe, The Gardens, Hutton Hall, Guisboro . Messrs Backhouse & Son of York again exhibited a seedling Onion which had been sent to a former meeting; the Committee were still [of the same opinion as they expressed on a former occasion, that there is no difference between it and the Red Spanish. Mr John Clarke, Sycamore Gardens, Rowledge, sent a dish of Tomatoes. Mr Lyon, gardener to Sir Edward Scott, Sunbridge Park, Bromley, sent a very fine dish of Mushrooms, which were much admired, and to which a cultural commendation was awarded.

Floral Committee

Dr Denny in the chair. Messrs James Veitch & Sons, Chelsea, exhibited a handsome group of Orchids in flower, among which Odontoglossums strongly predominated. Some examples of 0. Alexandras, 0. cirrhosum, and 0. Pescatorei were particularly noticeable. The charming little 0. blandum was well represented. 0. Roezli and the variety album, with 0. nevadense, 0. Andersonianum, and 0. triumphans, were also well shown. A central plant of Ada aurantiaca had seven fine spikes, and a specimen of Anthurium Andreanum was staged with one of its peculiar brightly coloured spathes. A specimen of the Chimonanthus-like Hamamelis virginica var. arborea was shown in flower. A silver Flora medal was awarded for this collection. Mr W. Bull, King's Road, Chelsea, sent several new plants, including two Palms, one named Astrocaryum Malybo, and the other Kentia Lindeni, the latter rather elegant. A variety of Rhipidopteris peltata, appropriately named elegans, was also staged, together with a plant of Vriesia Falkenbergii and Maranta crocata, described below, for which first-class certificates were awarded.

Mr B. S. Williams contributed a grand collection of Primulas - dwarf, of good habit, and bearing fine trusses of bloom. P. fimbriata coccinea and fimbriata alba were especially noteworthy - the former for the size of the flowers and deep colour, and the latter for the purity of the white and the large trusses. P. fimbriata alba magnifica was in the size and form of the flowers remarkably fine, but the trusses were not sufficiently developed to show the variety to the best advantage. P. fimbriata Chiswick Red were very bright, P. fimbriata rubra and several others being particularly fine. A group of Cyclamens was also contributed, the plants well flowered and of good habit, C. persicum Brilliant being remarkable for their intense crimson of the blooms. A silver Banksian medal was awarded for these handsome groups.

Mr W. Taylor, the Gardens, Longleat, Warminster, was accorded a vote of thanks for cut flowers of Pelargonium Guillon Mangilli, which has been referred to so many times recently. Mr John Odell, florist, Hillingdon, Middlesex, sent specimens of a large - flowered variety of Primula sinensis named Purity; but it was not considered sufficiently distinct to merit a certificate. Mr H. Boiler, Kensal New Town, was accorded a vote of thanks for a group of miniature succulent plants. Mr John Matthews, the Royal Potteries, Weston-super-Mare, sent some ornamental flower vases and small Orchid pans similar to those employed in Messrs J. Veitch & Sons' nursery at Chelsea. From the Society's garden came attractive groups of double Primulas, Cytisuses, Azaleas, Ferns, and Selaginellas. Mr J. Osborn, gardener to H. J. Buchan, Esq., Wilton House, Southampton, sent a plant of Odontoglossum Wallisi bearing a spike of yellowish flowers with a pink-tinted lip; and Mr A, Wright, gardener to J. Brightwen, Esq., The Grove, Great Stanmore, exhibited a plant of Aerides cylindrica, closely resembling in stems and habit the peculiar Vanda teres, but differing in the flowers, which were of moderate size and white.

First-class certificates were awarded for the following plants : -

Maranta Crocata (Bull)

A pretty species, with elliptical leaves 3 or 4 inches in length, shining green on the upper surface and purple beneath. It is dwarf and compact in habit, and produces scapes 5 to 6 inches in height, terminating in a small head of orange-coloured imbricated bracts, in the axils of which the flowers are borne; but the beauty of the plants rests in the bracts.

Vriesia Falkenhcrgi (Bull)

One of the plants which Mr Bull staged in his collection of new plants at the last summer exhibition of the Royal Horticultural Society. It has dark green leaves 1 1/2 inch in breadth, slightly recurving, and purplish beneath. The spike is about 8 inches high, with large closely imbricated crimson bracts, with white apices at the upper portion of the spike.

Primula Dr Denny (Cannell)

A variety of P. sinensis with very large flowers 1 1/2 inch in diameter, very rich crimson colour, good form, and distinct yellow eye.

Lachenalia Nelsoni

This was stated to be a seedling cross between L. luteola and L. aurea, and was exhibited by the Rev. J. G. Nelson, Aldborough Rectory, Norwich. The scape was 8 or 9 inches in height, with pendulous ubular yellow flowers, with a tint of orange in the buds and at the upper portion of the spike. It combined in a marked manner the characters of the two parents, but was superior to both in vigour of habit and size of the flowers.

Cineraria William Jennings

This and the following were exhibited by Mr James, gardener to Mrs Watson, Redlees, Isleworth, and occasioned some discussion as to the advisability of certificating varieties of Cineraria, but the majority were in favour of doing so. The variety named above had handsome symmetrical flowerheads about 1 1/2 inch in diameter, and in colour a remarkably rich purplish crimson self.

Cineraria Master Colvin (James)

Also of excellent form and substance; the colour being a warm shade of purple with a narrow clearly defined ring of white near the centre.

Hamamelis Virginica Var. Arborea (Veitch)

A peculiar Chimonanthus-like plant, with dense clusters of small flowers clothing the leafless branches. The flowers are small individually, but collectively they produced a rather pretty ect owing to each having four long narrow petals and the same number of short reddish sepals. - Journal of Horticulture.