Orchids were not numerous, but a few good specimens were shown, such as Miltonia spectabilis, with eighteen finely-expanded and beautifully-marked flowers; aerides odoratum, with twelve very fine spikes; Phalsenopsis grandiflora, with remarkably fine flowers; Cypripedium superbius, with very fine blooms; Saccolabium Blumei majus, with a finely-expanded spike about 18 inches long; S. prtemorsum, aerides Lobbii, A. quinquevulnera, Odontoglossum Alexandrae, O. Bluntei, etc. etc.

In regard to the florists' flowers, there was a marked falling off in quality as compared with the two previous exhibitions in the provinces. The first of the special prizes for eight Fuchsias was taken by Mr R. Fleming, Sandkeys, Liverpool, who bad finely grown and flowered pyramidal plants, but spoiled because they had been tied out to so severely formal a shape. The sorts were Tristram Shandy, Fair Oriana, Rose of Castille, Reine Cornelisson, La Crinoline, Reine Blanche, Mrs Marshall, and Turban. The others were not worth notice. Strange to say, the class for three Standard Fuchsias did not fill. Large-flowering Pelargoniums were quite poor - poorly grown and bad in quality, with the exception of the varieties staged by Mr C. Rylance, The Fancies were better grown, and consisted of Acme, Evening Star, Ellen Beck, Musjid, Celestial, Undine, Illuminator, Sweet Lucy, Godfrey, Turner, and Duchess of Buccleuch. Zonal and Nosegay Pelargoniums made a very good display; of the former, the best were Mons. G. Nachet, Mrs William Paul, Excellent, Eugene Mezard, Softness, Clipper, Tintoret, St Fiacre, Miss Martin, and Madame Vaucher; of Nosegays, Amy Hogg, Profusion, Le Grande, Baron Ricasoli, Indian Yellow, Startler, Black Dwarf, and Rose Ren-datler.

Messrs G. & W. Yates's special prize of five guineas for the best six tricolor Pelargoniums was taken by Mr M. Torkington, Wilmslow, with Sophie Du-maresque, Mrs Dix, Florence, Countess of Craven, Queen's Favourite, and Prin-cesse Clotilde, the first four belonging to the golden-edged, the latter to the silver-edged section; second, Mr J. Smith, gardener to G. H. K. Balstone, Esq., with Edwinia Fitzpatrick, Sophia Cusack, very good; Miss Watson, and Mrs Dix, golden-edged; and Beauty of Guestwick, and Italia Unita, silver-edged. These were the largest plants, but, with the exception of Sophia Cusack, by no means so well coloured. In the open class for six kinds, Messrs F. & A. Smith, Dulwichj were first with capital plants of Lady Cullum, Princess Teck, finely coloured, and Earl of Shaftesbury, golden-edged; and Imperatrice Eugdoie, Miss B. Coutts, and Banshee, silver-edged. Mr J. Tomkins, Sparkhill, was second with Lady Cullum, Sophia Cusack, Sophie Dumaresque, Beauty, and Miss Tomkins, golden-edged; and Italia Unita, silver-edged. The open class for six variegated Pelargoniums brought together almost all the forms of variegated Pelargoniums, using it in its broadest sense.

Mr Tomkins was placed first with Burning Bush, Flower of Spring, Silver Star, Stella variegata, Oriana improved, and Miss Kingsbury. Second, Messrs Gr. & W. Yates, with Sophie Dumaresque, Lady Cullum, Sophia Cusack, Countess of Craven, Florence, finely coloured, and Italia Unita. The class for three double-flowering varieties was so well filled (there being six competing groups) that it may be taken as suggestive of the double varieties coming to play an important part in our exhibitions. Messrs Carter & Co. of London were first with three nice medium-sized plants of Madame Lemoine, Wilhelm Pfitzer, and Gloire de Nancy. Second, Messrs J. Standish, Ascot, with Marie Lemoine, Madame Lemoine, and Triomphe. Third, Mr George Edward, York, with Capitaine l'Hermite, Gloire de Nancy, and Triomphe de Thumesil.

The groups of hardy Conifers competing for the special prize silver cup were objects of considerable interest, and were effectively grouped in the exhibition-field, in the immediate neighbourhood of the great circular tent. Messrs Barron & Son, of Elvaston Nurseries, were first with a fine lot, consisting of Biota elegans, Sciadopitys verticillata, several handsome forms of Retinospora, Cryptomeria elegans, Araucaria imbricata, Arthrotaxus taxifolia, Picea magnifica glauca and P. nobilis, Larix Ksempferi, Abies Hookeriana, A. Douglasii, and others; Thujopsis dolobrata, etc. Second, Mr John Shaw, Manchester. Messrs R. & W. Yates, and J. Standish & Co., also exhibited, while Messrs Barron & Son, J. Shaw, and Standish & Co., also contributed groups of the rarer coniferous plants, including some new forms of great beauty. Messrs Barron & Son were first with six Hollies in competition for the special prizes given by the proprietors of the Manchester Guardian. The kinds were Ilex aquifolia aurea major, aurea vestita, nana aurea, Donningtoniensis, elegantissima, and medio-picto alba.

Mr Shaw was awarded the Manchester Courier special prize for ten deciduous trees or shrubs, having Betula alba pendula, Quercus cerris variegata, Quercus pedun-culata nigra, Deutzia crenata fl.-pi., Ulmus campestris aurea, Acer polymorphum dissectum, fol. var., Cornus mascula variegata, Quercus robur aurea, Quercus robur concordia, and Viburnum Lantana variegatum. Mr John Shaw was also first with a pair of standard Hollies, showing Ilex aquifolia nana aurea, also with a pair of Golden Yews, showing Taxus elegantissimus, and with a pair of pyramidal Box-trees having Boxus variegata; while Mr B. S. Williams, Holloway, was first with a pair of standard Bays.

Cut blooms of Carnations and Picotees were nearly as numerous as at Leicester last year, though one might have supposed that the Manchester district being to some extent the northern home of the Carnation and Picotee, these flowers would have been much more largely represented. In classes 89, with twenty-four Carnations, and 90, with twenty-four Picotees, Mr C. Turner, Slough, had grand flowers, and both in size and substance of the blooms, as well as in their fine colouring, so completely distanced the rival collections as to be without the pale of comparison. Of the former he had Flora's Garland, William Cowper, Rifleman, Dreadnought, Prince Albert, Premier, Samuel Moreton, Anthony Dennis, Florence Nightingale, Nymph, Sportsman, Squire Trow, Princess Royal, Lord Rancliffe, King John, Duke of York, Captain Stott, Eccentric Jack, Brutus, Merrimac, James Merryweather, Anuihilator, Touchstone, and John Bayley. Mr George Edwai'd, York, was second, the best flowers being John Reet, Vivid, Earl of Stamford, Mrs Edward, Beauty, Napoleon, True Blue, Miss Lucy, Brilliant, Delicata, and Lord Rancliffe. Of Picotees, Mr Turner had very fine flowers of Admiration, a very beautiful new bright purple heavy-edged flower of fine quality; Lord Nelson, Mrs Fisher, Prince of Wales, Amy Robsart, Green's Queen, Charmer, Lucy, Col. Clerk, Bridesmaid, Mrs Norman, Miss Drake, Lord Valentia, Ganymede, Miss Wood, Countess, Gipsy Queen, Picco, Miss Turner, Rev. H. Matthews, Forester, Flower of the Day, a heavy rose-edged seedling in the way of Green's Queen, but darker, and another light-edged seedling-flower. Mr George Edward was second with some flowers of inferior quality.