Roses were the main feature here, some capital plants being produced, small in size, bushy, and generally having an abundance of bloom. "With nine kinds, Mr William Paul was first; Mr C. Turner, second; and Messrs Paul and Son, third. Some dissatisfaction has been expressed about the judgment in this class; but it does appear as if more complaints are made, whether rightly or wrongly, respecting the awards made to Roses, than to any other flower. It is to be regretted, as charges of unfairness or partiality on the part of the judges have an injurious effect on Exhibitions, and are apt to deter some from exhibiting. The best Roses were Marechal Niel, very fine; Beauty of Waltham, grand; Charles Law-son, ditto; John Hopper, Madame Damaizin, in splendid condition; Souvenir d'un Ami, large and fine: these, with Cceur de Lion, Paul Ricaut, and Anna Alexieff, made up the first nine. Of these it is said by one who most freely criticises the judgment, that "the whole of the plants in this lot were well matched, the individual flowers being large in size, in combination with beautifully fresh foliage." In Mr Turner's group were Leopold Hausberg, a fine large globular rosy-pink variety; Celine Forestier, very fine; Marguerite de St Arnaud; Charles Law-son, with upwards of twenty expanded flowers, beautifully fresh; Dr Andry, and Souvenir d'un Ami, also very fine.

Madame Margottin, Madame Eugene Appert, and Madame Victor Verdier, all very good, completed the group. With a single specimen, Mr Turner took the lead, having that fine old Tea Rose, Madame de St Joseph; Mr W. Paul came next with Le Rhone. Mr Turner was also first with twelve new kinds of 1867 or 1868, having Baronness A. de Rothschild, delicate peach, large and full, a lovely rose; Duchesse d'Aoste, deep rose; Clotilde Rolland, blush, with a deeper coloured centre, very full; President Willermoz, bright rose; and Miss Ingram, pale blush. These were the best. Among the others were La France, Madame Alice Dureau, Pitord, Souvenir de Francois Pousard, Marie Cirodde, and Reine du Midi, but all these were more or less rough, and the same remark holds good of several of these in Mr W. Paul's collection. The best of this group appeared to be Vicomtesse de Vezins, bright pink, with a salmon pink centre; Baronness A. de Rothschild, President Willermoz, Duchesse d'Aoste, and two of the new Tea Roses - Jean Pernet, yellow; and Reine du Portugal, yellow, shaded with copper.

The amateurs' Roses were not worth a notice.

In addition there were groups of Roses in pots, and boxfuls of cut blooms, some of the last being very fine, especially Marechal Niel, Madame Marie Cirodde, Belle de Bordeaux, Madame Pauline Labonte, Celine Forestier, Climbing Devon-iensis, and Gloire de Dijon.

Then there were Auriculas, generally the Alpine kinds; some Polyanthuses, Rhododendrons, Pansies in pots and cut blooms, Calceolarias, Tulips, etc, and, what is too seldom seen at flower-shows nowadays, Ranunculuses.

A very excellent feature was the collections of Alpine plants in six boxes, each one foot square. Mr Ware, of Hale Farm Nurseries, Tottenham, took the lead, exhibiting a numerous collection, of which the most beautiful were Erinus hir-sutus, Aubrietia Campbelli and Grteea, Saxifraga granulata, Phlox stolonifera, Phlox subulata Nelsoni, Phlox subulata frondosa, the intense blue Lithospermum pros-tratum, Sempervivum arachnoideum, Chelidonium majus, and Phlox setacea. The surface of the soil in these boxes was strewed with stones. Messrs Salter, who took the second prize, had the soil carpeted with Mentha Corsica, Thymus serpyl-lum lanuginosus, Sedum glaucum, Saxifraga hypnoides minor, Acena Novse Zea-landise, and Arenaria Balearica. The ground covering of these was neatly studded over with a variety of plants, such as the Aucuba-leaved Daisy, Aubrietias, Saxi-fragas, Sempervivums, Sedums, and Lysimachia nemorum variegata. Mr Ware also exhibited in the miscellaneous class a fine collection, for which he obtained a second prize, containing three beautiful basketfuls of Phlox subulata frondosa, and the same number of Alyssum saxatile compactum, together with hardy ornamental-leaved plants.

The Grand National Horticultural Exhibition at Manchester, May 14 to 21 - This is now the great Horticultural Exhibition of the Midland districts, and its annual recurrence is looked forward to, not only as a great feast of Flora, but also as a gathering of the horticultural brotherhood; for they come to Manchester from all parts of the kingdom to clasp hands, and hold that intercourse so sweet and pleasant to those who in plants and flowers find "Histories that stir the heart with deeper feeling".

The 'Manchester Examiner and Times ' thus sketched a general glance at the Exhibition: - "In general plan, the display was a repetition of the exhibitions of previous years, but it presents many peculiar and novel features which could not fail to interest the connoisseurs in plant-growing; while, for the sightseeing multitude, the immense variety of subjects exhibited, and the many rich effects produced by judicious grouping, afforded abundant entertainment. The great tent - which we may call the landscape tent - was the principal attraction. It was so arranged as to present the semblance of a garden, though it would be simply impossible to render any garden covered only by the sky so gorgeous with colour, or so daintily furnished with elegant forms of vegetation. The substructure of the whole consists of grass banks and mounds, intersected with gravel walks. These banks and mounds were covered with plants of many kinds, the most conspicuous and attractive being the immense groups of pot Roses, Azaleas, and Pelargoniums, the intensely rich colours of which were subdued and harmonised by groups of Ferns, there being amongst the latter many Tree Ferns, which spread their ample leafage overhead, and compel admiration by their exquisite tracery and refreshing colours.