This section is from the book "The Gardener V3", by William Thomson. Also available from Amazon: The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener.
A number of Mr Methven's friends connected with horticulture and arboriculture in various parts of the country, took the opportunity of their being in Edinburgh, at the spring exhibition of the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society, of presenting him with a very handsome wrought silver epergne and massive salver, bearing the following inscription - "Presented to Mr Thomas Methven, Nurseryman, Edinburgh, March 29, 1870, by a few of his Horticultural and Arboricul-tural friends, as a token of their esteem for him personally, and of the sense they entertain of the many services he has rendered to cultural science." The presentation took place in the Cafe Royal, in the presence of about forty of the subscribers. The meeting was characterised by a cordiality which must have been very gratifying to Mr Methven.