In the conservatory or show-house, the choicer plants of tropical and sub-tropical regions were displayed; and here the plant-grower par excellence found, undoubtedly, much to delight him. The tent adjoining the exhibition-house is principally occupied with humbler subjects, but amongst these are many of the most select and popular of the tenants of the garden: on one hand, groups of the most beautiful Alpine flowers and hardy plants of the wood sides; on the other, the best of the tricolour-leaved Geraniums.

"The contest which, perhaps, most of all interested the habitue's of flower-shows was that for the special prize of 50, offered by Mr B. S. Williams, of London, for the best group of fifty plants, which was supplemented by the Society's offer of 25 for the second-best group. "We must record our satisfaction that neither of these prizes have been carried off by exhibitors who might in any way be spoken of as strangers. The genius loci is propitiated; for Mr Baines, gardener to Mr H, Micholls, of Bowdon, takes the giant's share, doing a giant's work for it; and the second prize is awarded to Mr Dixon of Beverley. Mr Micholls's group of fifty plants well deserves the distinction of a first place in this great show".

This almost matchless group consisted of the following Azaleas: Coronata and Magnificent, both splendid indeed, the last named in a rich flower robe of radiant white, that glistened like chastened silver, as if "From the seax of God A ray upon its garments shone; " Stella, Empress Eugenie, Iveryana, and Stanleyana, Clerodendron Balfouri and C. Thomsonse, Ixoras, Amboyensis, Aurantica, and Coccinea, the last very fine; Cyathea dealbata, C. Smithi, C. medularis, Dicksonias Antarctica, and Antarctica pendula; Sarracenias flava, Flava species, Purpurea, Drummondii alba, and a fine species unnamed. Verschaffeltii splendida and Stevensonia grandiflora, two splendid Palms. Ericas - Ventricosa coccinea minor, Tricolor Wilsoni, and Depressa. Epacrises - Eclipse, very fine, and Grandiflora; Alocassia metallica, Dipladenia crassanoda, Cattleya intermedia, Francisca confertiflora, Cordyline indivisa, Crotons angustifolium and variegatum, both very fine; Aphel-exis Sessamoides, and A. macrantha purpurea; Eriostemon nerifolium, finely flowered, and E. intermedium; Boronia pinnata, a splendid specimen, one of the most finished plants in the group; Acrophyllum venosum, Theophrasta imperi-alis, Rhopala corcovadense, and Dasylirion acrostichum.

Mr W. E. Dixon, Beverley, was second with a good group of plants, but much inferior to those staged by Mr Baines. Mr Sam Mendels's special prize of 20, for the best collection of ten Cape Heaths in flower, was won by Messrs E. Cole & Sons, Withington, Manchester, with a fine lot of plants, but not sufficiently advanced in bloom. The best kinds were Ampullacum obbata, Ventricosa magnifica, Massoni major, and Aristata superba. The special prize, given by Mr W. Cunliffe Brooks, for the best twelve Roses in flower, was won by Messrs Lane & Son, with large plants very well grown and flowered, but related too much to the past of Rose-showing rather than to the present. Mr B. S. Williams was first with the special prize given by C. F. Beyer, Esq., for eight Cycads; having two Cycads, three Zamias, two pjncephalartos, and one Ceratozamia. The special prizes for a miscellaneous collection of bedding and hardy plants brought a capital collection from Messrs G. and W. Yates, Manchester, being in small square boxes, a good assortment comprising Pelargoniums of all kinds, Centaureas, Tropaeolums, Petunias, variegated plants, etc.

The hardy shrubs in flower were very poor, and the judges wisely withheld the first prize in consequence.

The Azaleas contributed by both amateur growers and nurserymen were a conspicuous feature of the show, the plants generally of large size, and well flowered, but some unnaturally formal in appearance. The kinds were identical with these generally seen grown as specimens. Pelargoniums were well done, excepting that the large flowering kinds contained too many of the older French kinds, besides not being sufficiently advanced in bloom. The Fancies were admirably grown, and had good heads of flower. The Zonal kinds were well done by Mr Fleming, gardener to R. Houghton, Esq., Liverpool, who had excellent plants of William Underwood, Cybister, Miss Parfitt, Amy Hogg, Eugene Mezard, Amelina Grisau, Softness, pale soft pink, and Alexandria.

Stove, greenhouse, ornamental-foliaged plants, and Palms were fine features, some of the latter doing good service in the way of affording relief to the gaily-coloured Azaleas, etc. Specially noticeable were Goniophlebium subauric-ulatum and Gymnogramma Peruviana argyrophylla, two very fine greenhouse Ferns; and an extremely well coloured specimen of Hedaroma tulipifera. There were also large collections of Conifera, of variegated Pelargoniums, some Cinerarias, etc, but nothing calling for special remark.

The Orchids contained some things of fine quality, as Manchester is a district where these grand plants are becoming extensively grown. There was a good contest in the class for ten Orchids in flower, the first prize going to Mr "W. Swain, gardener to Thomas Jones, Esq., Whalley Range, Manchester, and the second to Dr Ainsworth, Lower Broughton. The best collection of sixteen plants.were not only well grown, but comprised some rare and valuable varieties. Particularly worthy of notice were the following: Phalsenopsis Luddemanniana, with sixteen flowers expanded, and about as many more in bud; Camarotis purpurea, a pretty miniature fox-brush Orchid; Cattleya Wagneri, a sumptuous Mexican plant, with immense flowers of the purest white; a fine variety of the well-known and lovely Cattleya Mossise, called Aurantiaca, on account of the deep orange stain of the labellum; and Dendrobium Devonianum, the flowers of which are peculiarly like butterflies upon the wing. Dr Ainsworth has a beautiful group, comprising, amongst others, fine examples of Trichopilia crispa, nicely-finished lady-slipper Orchids, and the curious Dendrobium Parishi, the ugly leafless stems of which resemble slow-worms, save and except that they are clothed with lovely mauve-tinted flowers.

There were not many novelties shown, but the few were good. Messrs Veitch & Son had two new varieties of Crotons, the leaves of which are sumptuously variegated with bars and lines of the richest gold yellow. That one of the most virulent drugs should be yielded by such elegant plants is scarcely a singular circumstance, for a considerable proportion of the most beautiful members of the vegetable kingdom are pronounced in chemical qualities. But the consideration adds somewhat to the interest with which one views and criticises such plants as Croton Hilli, the leaves of which are richly painted with shades of bronze, and yellow, and red; or Croton Wisemanni, the narrow leaves of which have a central stripe of the clearest yellow, and more or less of transverse veins of the same colour. A new "flax-lily," named, after Bishop Colenso, Phormium Colensoi, will attract the attention of cultivators who value fine-foliaged plants that can be grown to perfection in cool greenhouses; and Dracena Moorei merits attention as a valuable addition to the useful class of plants adapted for table decoration, its large chocolate-coloured leaves having an agreeable appearance under gaslight.