This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The Rose and Strawberry Show of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, which was held on the 24th and 25th of June - two days instead of one as in previous years, was the finest show of the kind ever held at the hall. Roses were shown extensively, and prizes offered were perhaps the highest ever given by any Society for roses. The first prize was the Silver Challenge Cup, value $200, beside six other silver cups varying from $50 to $15. Messrs. John B. Moore & Son were awarded the Challenge Cup for twenty-four varieties, three of each, for which they were the successful competitors for the three successive years. The blooms were large and perfect. Among the dark varieties may be noticeable Abel Carriere, Duke of Connaught, Baron Bonstetin, Pierre Not-ting, La Rosiere Glory of Cheshunt, and many others equally as good.
Mr. W. Gray, Jr., won a silver cup with twenty-four blooms in varieties. Mr. W. H. Spooner two silver cups, one for eighteen varieties three blooms of each, and one for twelve blooms in variety. Mr. John L. Gardener also was awarded two silver cups for twenty-four blooms in variety and eighteen blooms in variety. Mr. J. S. Richards won the sixth silver cup with six blooms.
The display of roses was also beautiful, and was contributed by Mr. F. Hayes, Messrs. Moore & Son, J. S. Richards, Mrs. E. M. Gill, Messrs. Norton Bros., Mr. B. G. Smith, Mr. W. Spooner and Mr. Warren Heustis.
A silver medal was given to Mr. G. S. Richards for a new Pillar rose, named by the Society "Boston Belle," which will prove a good addition to the numerous varieties.
Mr. Francis Hayes had a nice collection of Rhododendrons, Herbaceous Paeony and Clematises. Mr. C. M. Hovey exhibited Sweet Williams and Herbaceous Paeony. Gloxinias came from Mr. L. H. Farlow. Mr. Shapard had an unrivaled collection of Sweet Williams, and Mr. J. W. Manning a display of hardy herbaceous plants. Vases of flowers were sent by Miss Sarah W.Story, Mr. J. O'Brien and Mrs. E. M. Gill.
In the Flowering Specimen Plants Class Mr. H. E.Hunnewell showed fine specimens of Rhynchos-permum japonicum, Stephanotis floribunda, Clero-dendron Balfourii, Tabernaemontana coronaria fl. pl., and especially noteworthy were some finely flowered specimens of Pelargonium, not usually seen this side of the Atlantic, which were awarded a silver medal. Mr. J. L. Gardner had also fine plants of Ericas, Rhynchospermum, Polygala and Azalea. Orchids were numerous and fine speci-imens. Mr. H. E. Hunnewell had Cattleya Men-delii, C. labiata var., C. Mossiae and a variety which could be called C. Mossiae marmorata, with pale sepals and petals finely blotched and marbled, and which received a silver medal. Another pleasing novelty was C. superba. There were also Odontoglossum Pescatorei, O. Alexandras, Dendrobium thrysiflorum and D. infundi-bulum, Oncidium crispum, AErides affine var. superba, Cypripedium biflorum and C. barbatum. Amongst this was a fine specimen of Bertholonia Van Houttei, also a pair of Nertera depressa.
Mr. F. L. Ames exhibited also a variety of plants; amongst them Odontoglossum Pescatorei with a spike carrying sixty-two perfect blooms, and Epi-dendrum vitellinum majus with twenty spikes; Masdevallia Harryana var., magnifica and var., Bulls Blood, Cattleya maxima, C. Eldorado splen-dens, Odontoglossum Alexandras, O. vexillarium superbum, O. maculatum superbum, Epidendrum prismaticarpum splendens, with its telling color. The new Zygopetalum Sedeni, Cymbidium Schwartzii and Cypripedium Stonei. Mr. David Allan, grower to Mr. Pratt, had some fine specimens of Cattleya Mossiae in vars., C. intermedia Epidendrum nemoralis majus with 11 spikes, which was certainly the best specimen orchid in the hall, but was overlooked by the committee. Further, a fine specimen of Odontoglossum cordatum which unfortunately was not enough advanced, and AErides odoratum, intermixed with some rare Japanese Ferns; one of them, Lomaria japonica, was awarded a silver medal. Mr. E. W. Gilmore exhibited Cattleya Mossiae, C. Mendelii and a fine Dendrobium heterocarpum var.
Philippiense. Mr. J. L. Gardener had Cypripedium barbatum, C. Lawrencianum, Cattleya Mossiae and an extra good variety of Cattleya Mendelii.
In the lower hall was a great display of strawberries, a quantity of splendid berries. Mr. Geo. Hill was the first with a basket of Sharpless, and took the silver cup. Another noteworthy variety was the " Belmont," raised and exhibited by Mr. Warren Heustis. Beside this there was a quantity <of other varieties filling the hall with their perfume. A general variety of vegetables were also shown such as beets, onions, lettuce, peas, tomatoes and cucumbers. Mr. Francis Hayes also contributed nice bunches of Black Hamburg grapes.
The stairs were decorated with nice bushy plants of evergreens from Mr. W. C. Strong; and so as to quality and quantity of the exhibits and the taste in arrangement nothing more could be wished.
Now, before leaving this subject, I think it will not be out of place to say something about the prizes and encouragement given to some of the different departments.
Considering the variety and costliness of orchids, the difficulty in flowering them, also the injury they receive in transporting them to exhibitions, any one would be surprised at the poor encouragement this class receives. What is the reason for this? Show after show, we see more space filled with better and better specimens, and without exaggerating, there is no other class of plants that is so admired and appreciated by the numerous visitors, and yet till this day, the exhibitors, out of shame, hide the prizes they are awarded from the public eye. Further, it would be desirable that in awarding these prizes a consideration would be given to grown specimens against made-up ones.
Cambridge Botanic Gardens, July 15, 1884.