This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A prominent nurseryman hands us the following for publication, which was sent to him by an energetic secretary of a leading agricultural association, who deserves every success for his endeavors to make the exhibition of his society attractive and every way successful. The object of handing it for publication is to draw attention to the fact that a large number of leading nurserymen and florists seem to take no part in these exhibitions, and, therefore, it is worth inquiring why they do not do so. The letter suggests that exhibitions ought to be good advertising mediums for really meritorous articles, and yet it is a well known fact that these advertising facilities are rejected, even by those who are known as liberal advertisers, and who spend hundreds of dollars in hard cash for their advertisements. It is to the interest of the public who attend exhibitions to have the best things there to look at, and it is to the pecuniary interest of the exhibition to have them. It therefore becomes a very important inquiry why growers take so little interest.
And we shall be very glad to have the experience and views of •others on this subject:
" The exhibition promises to be the finest, and the turnout the largest that New Jersey has ever witnessed. Outside of the premiums, a schedule of which I send you, you will observe that it will be a grand opportunity to advertise your business. No charge will be made for space, and every attention given your exhibit to show it to the best advantage. It is the first exhibition that our society has held, and I am desirous of making our floral display a creditable one. A number of our members have promised exhibits of considerable extent, nearly all of which will be entered ' not for competition, ' thereby swelling the exhibition without carrying off the premiums. Should you not feel disposed to send an exhibit of both plants and flowers, we hope that you will at least send a floral piece. Send something. It will pay you and be doing a favor to our society".