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 March exhibition, judging by a Boston paper, was a great success. Messrs. Woolson, of Passaic, N. J., had no varieties of daffodils; one of them, the John Nelson, is described as having a beautiful, white, trumpet-shaped centre, more than two inches in length. Anthunum Rothschildiana, from F. L. Ames, is described as an arum-like plant, with the spadix lemon-dyed, but the spathe white, with spots of red.
The azalea display of the venerable grower, who won the first prize, Marshall P. Wilder, included twenty-six varieties, the most striking of which were the Marquis of Lorne, which was showy in its bright red raiment, and the Countess of Bedford, a new variety, with light pink corolla and dark blotches.
No less than thirty varieties of camellias were exhibited by the President, Mr. Hayes, of which, A. J. Downing, Abby Wilder, and President Clark were conspicuous. A large plant of an azalea, named Susette Hovey, with light purple flowers, attracted much attention. A rare and novel sight was a collection of twenty-six varieties of hardy primroses, or polyanthus, by Jackson Dawson.
Winter pears, to which premiums were given, were Duchess of Bordeaux, and Easter Beurre, but we cannot learn whether these were in competition for the best pears of these kinds, or whether the offer was for the best pears of the season.