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 exhibition of Chrysanthemums at Horticultural Hall, Philadelphia, on the fifth and sixth of September seemed to have been a success. I was surprised to see so many plants there with flowers of every imaginable color. It was quite equal to any show I ever saw in England, except that the plants in England are all pot-cultured. At the Philadelphia show two parties carried off all the prizes in the amateur's list. It seemed to be the opinion of outsiders, that Mr. Wister Morris's gardener ought to have had the first premium, as his plants were all pot-cultured, and well grown one-year-old plants, with fine large flowers, and of the latest new varieties; whereas Mr. Bullock's gardener, who took first prize, seemed to have plants two or three years old, taken up out of the open ground just previous to the show, and potted in twelve and fourteen inch pots. I, with two other gardeners examined them and all concur in this. If exhibitions are to encourage skill, this one failed here. No one will call lifting a plant from the open ground, skilful pot culture. If it is at all desirable to encourage the growth of chrysanthemums in the open ground, such plants should be in a class by themselves.
No kind of fair competition can be made with these and pot grown plants.
Pencoyd, Pa., Nov. 1883.
[If the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society desires to encourage horticulture in any intelligent way, so as to attract enthusiastic competition and the warm support of exhibitors, it will be worth its while to have intelligent rules of entry. One can only grow a plant one year in a pot. If they decide, as represented done here, that one may dig up a four or five year old stock, stick it in a twelve-inch pot, and run off with the premium, it ought to be clearly stated in the schedule. At the New York show, it is reported they had a plant five feet in circumference. It would interest many of our readers to know if this came from the open ground also. Some at the Pennsylvania show were five feet round, but not pot grown. - Ed. G. M].