This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Dear Sir: I take the liberty of troubling you a moment (as hundreds are doubtless doing at this time), with reference to space for exhibition at the Centennial. A letter from Prof. W. C. Kerr, Geologist of this State, in whose charge was placed the exhibition of North Carolina products, mechanism, etc, at the Centennial, informs me that there will not likely be any representation in this way from this State, for the reason that there are no funds raised for that purpose, and none will likely be raised. I, therefore, as an individual, without representing any one but myself, ask information as to how I may place on exhibition 100 varieties of apples next October 1st? My section of the State (the mountain country), is, in my opinion, the finest apple section of the Union, and although but little attention has been given the subject, I am anxious to show the world what we can do in this way, and that, too, off old and neglected trees, and from hands uneducated in the business. Will you put me on the right track? And if I get under headway, bound for the exhibition, will you aid me in getting a cheap but comfortable place of lodging for a few weeks? Any documents explaining everything connected with the Fair will be thankfully received.
[We have many letters like this. Burnet Landreth, Chief of the Agricultural Bureau of the Centennial, has charge of the fruit. They will be on exhibition, we believe, during any time people choose to send them, but there will be special shows for special fruits, all of which can be learned by application to Mr. Landreth.
Letters in regard to boarding are so numerous that we thought best to ask the Centennial Board. There is abundance of room for all, but the difficulty would be to a stranger, where to find the places. Arrangements are made by all the railroad companies with boarding houses, and when the visitor comes to Philadelphia, he will have no more trouble than with his baggage. Boarding tickets will be sold by an authorized agent.
But many people will like to know of these arrangements before they start. The Centennial Commission, in answer to our inquiry, referred us to Sydney, Smirke & Co., 3829 Lancaster avenue, Philadelphia, who publish a complete "guide to visitors" in regard to hotels, boarding houses, horse-ears, and so forth, and which the) mail to any one for 20 cents.
International Exhibition.BUreau of Agriculture, Philadelphia, March 28tb, 1876. J
Sir: - The Centennial Commission are erecting a special annex for the exhibition of fruits; the dimensions of the structure, situated on the east of the Agricultural building, and connected with it by a covered way, are one hundred and eight) by two hundred feet, affording room for the display of eight thousand dishes of fruit at periods of special displays. Although the exhibition of: pomological products will extend over the entire term of the exhibition, affording most marked manifestation of the wide range of our soils and climates, still there will be certain periods especially designated for the display of particular fruits, which have special seasons, under the influences that more immediately pertain to the States near to Pennsylvania, and which from their proximity to the point of display, will afford the material for large and expressive exhibits.
The periods decided upon for these special displays are as follows, though any of the fruits enumerated will be received for exhibition either preceding or subsequent to these dates:
Pomological Products, May 16th to 24th. Straw-berrics, June 7th to 15th. Raspberries and Blackberries, July 3d to 8th. Southern Pomological Products, 18th to 22d. Melons, August 22d to 26th. Peaches, September 4th to 9th. Northern Pomological Products, 11th to 16th. Nuts, October 23d to November 1st.
The Pomological annex will also be used for the exhibition of vegetables continuously, and at the stated dates of June 20th to 24th for early summer vegetables; September 19th to 23d for autumn vegetables; and October 2d to 7th for potatoes and feeding roots.
Tables and dishes for both fruits and vegeta-bles will be furnished by the Commission free of charge, producers being simply requested to pay the charges for transportation.
You are respectfully requested to advance the display of fruits and vegetables as much as possible both at terms of stated displays and at all intermediate dates.
Yours respectfully, Burnet Landreth, Chief of Bureau of Agriculture, per C. Henry Roney. Strawberries at the Centennial. - Arrangements are made to have fruits on exhibition at all times, whenever people send them, but special exhibitions will be held at various times The great Strawberry show will commence or the 7th of June.