(From our London Correspondent).

The meeting of the 12th and 13th inst. was one of the most interesting held for some time past. Chrysanthemums, fruit, and Potatoes were largely represented, and excited considerable attention from a large number of the leading horticulturists who were present on this occasion. The collection of hardy fruits was the best seen for some time; indeed it is questionable whether a larger or finer collection of Apples and Pears was ever exhibited than that staged by Mr J. Scott of Merriott Nurseries. This magnificent collection contained nearly 1000 varieties - viz., 600 kinds of Apples and 350 sorts of Pears, besides 20 or 30 varieties of Crabs, some of which were edible and others ornamental only. Since the fine collection of fruit-trees was broken up at Chiswick some years ago, this remains the only collection anything like complete for purposes of pomological research. Of course we have the noble trade collections of Rivers, Dancer, Smith, and others, but these grow the best and the most prolific kinds only; while in the fruit-grounds at Merriott every known variety is introduced and cultivated for purposes of trial and comparison.

One of the most interesting features in the exhibition, from a pomological point of view, was an excellent new white Grape raised by Mr J. Pearson of Chilwell Notts. It is the result of a cross between Black Alicante and the white Strawberry-flavoured Ferdinand de Lesseps, a seedling raised by Mr Pearson some years ago. The foliage is large and of great substance, not unlike a fig-leaf in texture, and is borne on long purple-tinted stalks. The skin is thick and of a fine golden colour, so that its name, "Golden Queen, " is very appropriate. It possesses a good constitution, and will doubtless take up a good position among late white Grapes. Were it not for its light colour, it might be likened to Madresfield Court in form and size of both bunch and berry; and the flesh is firm and crackling, and of a rich sugary flavour. Apples were generally very fine; and some magnificent specimens of this fruit, grown on the French Paradise stock, were exhibited by N. Laurie, Esq. of Hayward's Heath, Sussex. These were the produce of cordon trees, and consisted of Calville Blanc, one specimen being 15 1/2 inches in circumference and 1 lb. 4 oz. in weight; Belle du Bois, 15 inches in circumference and 1 lb. 7 oz. in weight; together with excellent specimens of Belle Josephine, a noble fruit nearly like Blenheim Orange, Belle du Caux, and Reinette Grise.

Mr W. G. Pragnell, gardener to C. B. W. Bigby, Esq., Sherbourne Castle, Borset, exhibited perhaps the finest collection of vegetables ever exhibited at this season of the year: it consisted of about 50 dishes, the Tomatoes and Onions being remarkably fine. This deservedly obtained the first prize offered by Messrs Carter & Co. of High Holborne. One great feature of the show were the fine collections of Potatoes staged by Mr J. Betteridge, Chipping Norton (120 varieties); Mr P. M'Kinlay, Beckenham; and Mr R. Bean, Ealing. The prizes were awarded in the order named. Messrs Carter & Co. exhibited an excellent collection, not for competition; and another excellent assortment came from the Society's garden at Chiswick. Very fine Smooth Cayenne Pines came from her Majesty's gardens, Frogmore, and 3 fine fruit of Black Prince were staged from the Buke of Wellington's garden, Stratkfieldsaye. Chrysanthemums were not so fine as we have seen them at previous exhibitions, but nevertheless some very effective groups were staged. In Class 1 excellent examples of Incurved, Pompone, and Japanese varieties were set up by Mr Rowe, gardener, Dover House, Roehampton. This collection deservedly obtained the first prize.

Mr Forsyth of Stoke Newington was second with good plants, but not quite at their best. Messrs Bickson & Co., Amherst Nurseries, Hackney, were third. The principal exhibitors in the other classes were Messrs Cutbush of Highgate, Mr Coote, Mr Butcher, Mr Herrington, Messrs Jackson of Kingston, Mr Whit-taker, Mr Rowe, Mr Clarke, and Mr Huinell. Messrs Veitch & Sons were first for a fine stand of cut flowers. The following list comprises the best kinds exhibited in the different classes: Mr George Rundle, Alfred Salter, James Salter, Gloria Mundi, Annie Salter, Prince of Wales, Lord Berby, Elaine, Empress of India, Lady Hardinge, General Slade, Princess of Wales, Guernsey Nugget, John Salter, Jardin des Plantes, Erecta Superba, Red Bragon, Sultan, Chang, Golden, Lilac, and White Cedo Nulli, Bob, Rose Trevenna, and Madame Martha.

A fine group of white-flowered Bouvardias was staged by Messrs J. Standish & Co., who also took the first prize offered for 6 varieties with well-grown plants of B. Jasminiflora, B. Vreelandii, and a new delicately-coloured variety named Bridal Wreath. Not the least novel and interesting points in the exhibition were the collections of berry-bearing, decorative plants. These were shown by Mr Smith, gardener, British House, Putney Heath; Mr J. George, Putney Heath; and Mr J. Aldous, - the prizes being awarded in the order named. The most effective were Aucubas of sorts, Solanum capsicastrum, S. Yellow Gem, Cotoneaster Simmondsii, Crataegus pyracantha, Pernettya muc-ronata, P. microphylla, Skimmia oblata, S. Japonica, and Citrus Japonica.

Among the new plants, a first-class certificate was awarded to Mr Waters for Golden Mrs Rundle Chrysanthemum - a sport from the white form of the same name. It is a beautiful incurved flower, and will be a valuable acquisition for exhibition purposes. A fine group of Cyclamen persicum was set up by Mr Clarke of Twickenham, and anothor by Mr Smith of Ealing. When clean and fresh, there are few autumn and winter decorative plants more valuable than these, either for Conservatory decoration, or for bouquets, button-holes, etc. A fine collection of the more recent Dracaenas and other decorative plants was staged by Mr John Wills, and excited considerable attention. Mr Wills grows only such plants as will stand considerable knocking about for the decoration of apartments and other indoor purposes. Altogether the meeting was one of the most interesting that has been held for some time, and one could wish the Society's affairs were in a more prosperous condition than they are at the present time.

Calender.