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 manner in which horticultural exhibitions are sometimes gotten up, is "a caution " to those who are strong for reform in artistic taste and beauty. Oftentimes the hall in which the ex. hibition is held is filthy and in various ways disgusting. The plants, fruits, or vegetables are displayed on dirty boards, or perhaps with some little attempt at neatness, or dirty paper hastily thrown over the dirty boards. The articles exhibited are jumbled together without any tasteful arrangement, or often the articles themselves are of the most primitive character in taste or culture. Horticultural societies are for the purpose of elevating horticultural taste in the localities where they exist. Premiums and awards do not constitute the whole of their duties. Their own example has much to do with the success of their labors, and a pretty exhibition room should be the beginning of their good work.