New plants, Pyrethrum blooms, with several miscellaneous groups of Orchids and other plants, constituted the chief features of this meeting, and visitors found sufficient to interest them both in the Council-room and conservatory.

Fruit Committee

Harry Veitch, Esq., in the chair. Exhibits in this department were not very numerous. Mr R. Gilbert, The Gardens, Burghley, sent a Melon named Burghley Pet, a green-flesh fruit, of moderate size and well netted. It was considered by the Committee a very promising variety, and they expressed a desire to see it again. Fruits of a large Tomato named Conservative Chief from the same exhibitor were admired, and it was recommended to be tried at Chiswick. Some fine clusters of Gilbert's Criterion Tomato were also shown, said to be a seedling from Jackson's Favourite crossed with Vick's Criterion. The fruits were small but very abundant. Mr Wood-bridge, The Gardens, Syon House, Brentford, was awarded a cultural commendation for a dish of well-ripened British Queen Strawberries. Mr Z. Stevens, The Gardens, Trentham, again sent examples of Trentham Early Fillbasket Tomato, and the Committee confirmed the opinion they previously expressed concerning it. Messrs T. Rivers & Son, Sawbridgeworth, sent fruits of an early Cherry named Guigne d'Annonay, which somewhat resembled Frogmore Early. The tree was said to have been grown in an unheated orchard-house. It was shown with May Duke for comparison, and a firstclass certificate was awarded for it on account of its earliness.

Specimens of Early Favourite Plum were also sent by the same firm from a tree in a pot which had been placed in a house on March the 27th. A vote of thanks was accorded. Messrs J. Veitch & Sons, Chelsea, exhibited some extremely large stems of Stott's Monarch Rhubarb; and Mr J. F. Wilkinson, gardener to Viscount Gage, Lewes, sent a seedling Melon. From Chiswick fruits of Noire Precoce de Strass Cherry were sent, the variety being said to be very prolific.

Floral Committee

J. M'Intosh, Esq., in the chair. Messrs J. Veitch & Sons, Chelsea, had a group of new and choice plants of considerable interest, including the following : A white form of Azalea Souvenir de Prince Albert, very free and of good habit; Lilium Krameri, a neat species with pale pink-tinted flowers; Heliconia aureo-striata, having neat ovate leaves veined with yellow; Carnation Lady Musgrave, a handsome variety, bearing large, full, deep scarlet flowers; Cypripedium selligerum majus, a remarkably fine variety with flowers of great size, the upper sepal being particularly broad; Calanthe Textori, a pretty species with white flowers, the lip blotched in the centre with orange-red; Epidendrum falcatum, a curious Orchid, with white three-lobed labellum and narrow yellowish sepals and petals; Hydrangea Mariesi, a line form, with large globular heads of lavender-blue flowers; Pratia angulata, a hardy plant, also known as Lobelia litoralis, of prostrate habit, with diminutive leaves and abundant white flowers; Spergula pilifera aurea, a form of Spurrey with yellow leaves; several Masdevallias, including M. coccinea and M. ignea, the latter especially bright; Cattleya Wagneri, a white-flowered form, resembling C. Mossiee; C Mossise alba; and a group of Tuberous Begonias, chiefly seedlings raised from B. Davisi, very free in flowering, and including some rich shades of scarlet.

B. gigas and B. Mrs Gilbert were two varieties of the ordinary type, with very large well-formed flowers - the former orange-scarlet, and the latter of a deeper colour.

A vote of thanks was accorded to Messrs H. Cannell & Son, Swanley, Kent, for eight stands of double Pyrethrums, comprising forty varieties, including many of great excellence. Some of the most noteworthy were Lizzie Macfar-lane, white; Maximum plenum, bright pink; Progress, rich crimson; Mrs Dix, neat pink; Rose Marguerite, fine rose; N. Twardy, full neat flower, rosy crimson; Wilhelm, good pink; Madame Billiard, neat white; Anemoniflorum sanguineum, very bright crimson; Multiflorum, rosy crimson; Boule de Neige, pure white; and Amphitrite, bright rose. Some fine varieties of Foxglove were also shown.

Messrs John Laing & Co., Forest Hill, had a fine collection of Caladiums and Tuberous Begonias. The best of the former were candidum, similar in marking to argyrites, but much larger; Madame Lemoinier, with broad handsome lemon-red in the centre, and pale green round the edge; and Mithridate, described below. Among the Begonias Mrs Robert Whyte, scarlet, was noteworthy for the great size of the flowers; Captain Lambert, similarly large, but more brilliant in colour; and Exoniensis, a remarkably handsome variety, with extraordinarily large orange-scarlet flowers. A stand of blooms was also contributed of a great variety of colours, from pure white through yellow, buff, orange, and scarlet; some rose tints also being represented. A vote of thanks was accorded to Mr J. Croueher, gardener to J. Peacock, Esq., Sudbury House, Hammersmith, for a plant of Odontoglossum crispum variety deli-catum, the flowers of good size, white faintly tinged with purple. A plant of a variety of Cattleya Mossiae named aurosum was sent by the same exhibitor. Mr James, The Castle Nursery, Lower Norwood, sent a plant of Odontoglossum cordatum aureum, differing from the type in the yellowish tint of the flowers.

E. G. Loder, Esq., Floore, Weedon, Northamptonshire, exhibited a similar group of hardy Cacti to that he had at the great Show. Echinocactus Fendleri and E. gonacanthus were certificated.

Mr C. Green, gardener to Sir G. Macleay, Pendell Court, Bletchingley, exhibited flowering sprays of the two handsome climbing plants Stigmaphyl-lum ciliatuui and Bauhinia corymbosa. The former has umbels of bright yellow flowers and cordate spiny-margined leaves; and the latter has corymbose heads of small pinkish white flowers, the stamens very bright pink, and the leaves of the characteristic two-lobed form, but very small. A vote of thanks was accorded for the Stigmaphyllum, and a cultural commendation for the Bauhinia. M. H. Voss, Esq., De Montfort House, Streatham, exhibited a plant of Odontoglossum citrosmum Vosii, a pretty form, the petals and sepals of which are pure white, and the lip of a mauve purple tint. Large flowers of Phalaenopsis grandiflora were also staged. Mr H. Hooper, Vine Nursery, Bath, sent a collection of Pyrethrum and Pansy blooms, the latter including two very striking varieties; a Fancy named Novelty, and a velvety black show named William Dean. Mr H. Coppin, Shirley, Croydon, sent several plants of Tuberous Begonias, representing very fine varieties. The best were The bais, scarlet, very large; Pink Pet, pale pink, large rounded petals; Snowflake, white, of moderate size, and Cetewayo, of the Pearcei type with large orange-coloured flowers.

Mr C. Kimbeley, Stoke Nursery, near Coventry, exhibited plants of a bright pink-flowered Pelargonium of the Christine type, named Empress of India, very free in flowering and of good habit. A neat tricolor Pelargonium called Empress was also represented. Mr Wilkinson, gardener to Viscount Gage, Lewes, contributed a collection of Gloxinia blooms, mostly of the drooping section, diversified in colours but not remarkable in size. A vote of thanks was accorded. Mr T. Dale, Orchid-grower to E. Edwards, Esq., Blackwater, sent a plant of Cattleya gigas with very large flowers, the lip of a very rich crimson tint.

Mr J. Croucher contributed a tasteful group of Orchids, including good examples of Odontoglossum vexillarium, with very richly coloured flowers; Masdevallia Harryana sanguinea has large deeply coloured flowers; Brassia verrucosa, with eighty spikes; and a central plant of Oncidium ampliatum majus, with a very large spreading panicle of bright yellow flowers. Other noticeable plants were Lycaste Deppei, with over two dozen flowers, and Odontoglossum caudatum. A silver Flora medal was awarded. Mr Ebbage, gardener to J. S. Buckett, Esq., The Hall, Stamford Hill, was awarded a silver gilt Flora medal for a handsome group of Odontoglossum Alexandras, comprising some very fine varieties. One spike had ten flowers of unusual size, and all the plants were in fine healthy condition. Silver Banksian medals were awarded to the following : Mr James, the Castle Nursery, Norwood, for a collection of Orchids, including a fine potful of Epidendrum vitellinum, several Dendrobes, Odontoglossums, and Oncidiums; Messrs Barr & Sugden, for a pretty group of hardy flowers, Irises and Pyrethrums being particularly numerous and bright; and Mr Hooper of Bath for several stands of handsome Pyrethrum, Pansy, and Ranunculus blooms, including a good selection of varieties.

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

Carnation Lady Musgrave (Veitch)

A handsome tree variety, with very large, full, dark scarlet flowers 3 1/2 inches in diameter. Very effective and free.

Sarracenia Melanorhoda (Veitch)

A hybrid between S. Stevensi and S. purpurea, with leaves 6 to 8 inches long, of a deep reddish colour.

Cypripedium Selligerum Majus (Veitch)

A variety of this fine species with very large flowers, the upper sepal being particularly striking owing to its great breadth and rounded form.

Hydrangea Maricsii (Veitch)

A beautiful Hydrangea with globular heads of lavender-blue flowers. The colour is very delicate and pleasing, and the plant appears to be of good habit.

Coleus Miss Simpson

This and the following were from that successful raiser Mr King, gardener to G. Simpson, Esq., Reigate. A very handsome variety with a large neatly formed leaf, the centre being bright crimson with a tinge of scarlet, margined with bright yellow, and neatly crenated. The brightness of this variety was remarkable, and it was greatly admired.

Coleus Mrs Stiedall

A variety of dwarf compact habit; the leaves tapering, bright rose in the centre, deeply crenated, mottled with deep brownish maroon near the margin, and edged with green. Very distinct and attractive.

Caladium Candidum (Laing)

A pretty variety, with neatly formed leaves 7 inches long by 4 inches broad, veined with green and white, suggestive of 0. argyrites, but much larger than that form.

Caladium Mithridate (Laing)

Leaves unusually large, a foot in length and the same in breadth, deep in the centre and dark green at the edge. A very handsome variety.

Caladium J. R. Box (Laing)

Very distinct, of a semi-transparent texture strangely veined with red and green. These are three tine and distinct Cal-adiums well worth including in collections.

Echinocactus Gonacanthus (Loder)

A Cactaceous plant with short globular fleshy stems studded with large white spines, and bearing bright orange nearly scarlet flowers. - Journal of Horticulture.