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The second annual meeting was held in the hall, 5 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, on the evening of Tuesday the 4th ult., Mr M. Dunn, president, in the chair. After the disposal of a variety of routine business, Mr Milne, assistant secretary, read the report of the council for the past year, from which it appeared that 111 new members had joined since last annual meeting, and that the roll now numbers 352. Twenty-four papers in all had been read on subjects connected with horticulture, all of which had been followed by interesting and instructive discussions. A great variety of Plants, Flowers, Fruits, and Vegetables had been exhibited, many of them of more than average merit; and, on the recommendation of the adjudicating committees, twelve certificates had been granted by the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society. Reference was also made in feeling terms to the great loss the Association had sustained by the death of Sir William Gibson-Craig, Bart, of Riccarton, Honorary President; Messrs Thomas Methven, one of the council; John Beveridge and George Galloway, members; and James M'Nab and Thomas Lees, members of the adjudicating committes.
Mr D. P. Laird, treasurer, read his report, which showed that the income, including a balance of £10, 6s. Id. from last year, amounted to £48 - expenditure £27 - leaving a balance on hand of £21. Both reports were cordially adopted. Mr A. D. Mackenzie, of Mackenzie & Moncur, Horticultural Builders, gave a brief description of the structures shown on the Kitchen-garden plans to which prizes were awarded, and which were hung on the walls for the inspection of the members. The following gentlemen were unanimously elected office-bearers for the current year: Mr W. H. Maxwell of Munches, hon. president; Mr M. Dunn, president; Mr Hugh Fraser, vice-president; Mr D. Laird, treasurer; and Mr Alex. Milne, secretary. From fourteen members nominated to fill six vacancies in the Council, the meeting chose Messrs A. D. Mackenzie, A. Mackenzie, Laurence Dow, Robert Lindsay, Robert Morrison, and 'George Simpson. On the table for exhibition were specimens of the new late-keeping kitchen Apple, Beauty of Moray, in fine condition, from Mr Webster, Gordon Castle; a new table Apple named Lady Charlotte, described as a hybrid between Ribston Pippin and King of the Pippins, from Mr George Barry, Saltoun Hall; a pot of Leucojum vernum, in full flower, from Mr Dow, Saughton Hall; and a collection of spring flowering-plants, including Iris reticulata, Leucojum vernum nanum, Bulbocodium vernum, Primula cashmeriana, Primula denticulata pulchella, and Saxifraga Burseriana, from Messrs Dicksons & Co., Pilrig Park.