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 premium list of the Department of Horticulture has just been issued. The most extensive arrangements have been made. Parker Earle, Cobden, Illinois; P. J. Berkmans, Augusta, Georgia, and C. W. Garfield, Grand Haven, Mich., are in charge of this department, and will be glad to give any information in regard to it. As all the world will be there, it will be to the interest of every leading horticulturist to take a part therein.
Germantown, Pa., Horticultural Society.
At the April meeting, Mr. Edwin Lonsdale exhibited a number of single dahlias, which had been forced, and the large, velvety flowers were fully three inches across, and much superior to those seen last year in open air plants. They served for a leading text to Professor Thomas Meehan, who discourses monthly to large audiences on the botanical and horticultural features of whatever may be on exhibition, as Professor Henslow does at the Royal Horticultural Society in London. Mr. David Cliffe had plants of the beautiful Impatiens Sultani, which will be well suited to open air culture in America, and will probably bloom from spring until frost destroys the plants. The flowers are scarlet. Mr. Alex. Young, gardener to Mr. R. S. Mason, had a plant of Lycaste aromatica, with twenty-nine flowers expanded, the fragrance from which competed with a plant of Rhyncospermum jasminoides, in the effort to believe they were in the line of some odoriferous breeze from Araby the Blest. It is by no means a showy orchid, but one no lover of this beautiful family will care to be without. Mr. McCleary, gardener to Miss Dorsey, had the Rhyncospermum, which had the merit of being only a couple of feet or so high. It is the mistake of many plant growers to have this plant too large.
The mistake of cultivators is to offer over-grown for well-grown specimens. An illustration of good culture here, was a specimen of Thomas Hogg hydrangea from Henry C. Haines. Though less than two feet over, the plant had about twenty-four heads on it, so of course each head was not very large, but the plant was beautiful by reason of the proportionate heads. Azaleas, pansies, English primroses, and other things, added to the interest of the exhibition, though no special features of novelty presented themselves.