This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The cut flower exhibit was large, and the various designs handsome and attractive. Here, as elsewhere, cut flowers seemed the most admired, and commanded more attention than other horticultural exhibits. Among the exhibitors of these aiticles we noticed the well-known names of Joseph Kift & Son, John Plender, La Roche & Stahl, T. Warnock, Craig & Bro., Pen-nock Bros., H. A. Dreer, W. T. Faust & Son, and Thos. Meehan, all of Philadelphia, and C. W. Turnley, of Haddonfield, N. J. Mr Turnley's design was a small coffin of flowers, and partly from its originality attracted much attention.
W. T. Faust's exhibit was a floral wheel, with one spoke and the tire broken, and resting on a broken axle in a harvest field. At the base were the words " The harvest is over." As a funeral design it was most suggestive. There were other exhibits with new features in design, but the two above mentioned were the most pronounced departures from what we usually see.
The plant exhibitors were not so numerous. R. Buist, Sr., John Dick, John Sherwood, and W. H. Moon were all we observed. Among Mr. Buist's ferns we noticed the beautiful Lomaria gibba cristata and the variegated Athyrium Ja-ponicum. Mr. E. S. Morris had on hand some young plants of the Liberian coffee. This sort is. said to be much hardier than the common kind, and it has received much attention from the British Government, with a view to its use in the colonies.
The fruit display was very fair, as was also that of vegetables. We noticed collections from Gibson & Bennett, of New Jersey, J. A. Nelson; Solebury Farmers' Club; Cumberland Co. Hort. Society; Edwin Satterthwait; and from Egg Harbor one composed of fruits, vegetables, wines, etc. The Cumberland Co. Horticultural Society made a large display of fruit - we think the largest there - the display being in every way creditable.
We noticed from Jacob Moore some bunches of Moore's Early Grape. The color was very black and the berries were so crowded that we were reminded of indoor grapes which often have to be thinned out, as these seemed to need. There may have been other exhibits we failed to notice, as the time for closing prevented a very extended inspection on our part; but we think we noticed all.