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.
We have from Parker Este, of Cobden, Ills., the premium lists of this great affair. As we have said before, the exhibition will be one no progressive horticulturist can afford to ignore. The Mexican government alone has taken five acres for its horticultural display. Excellent arrangements have been made for receiving and properly exhibiting anything that may be sent, and every arrangement is made for specimens of excellence in either large collections or single specimens. For instance, though $250 are offered for the best 200 varieties of apples, $6 are offered for the best plate of Baldwins, of Northern Spy, or of any variety known or unknown, and so with everything in fruits, flowers or vegetables. Every one interested in horticulture should send for programmes and instructions to E. A. Burke, Director General, New Orleans.
In the programme of classification, we find the following items of horticultural interest. Those who desire further details can correspond with Parker Earle, Cobden, Illinois:
Ornamental trees and shrubs; evergreens; herbaceous perennial plants; bulbous and tuberous-rooted plants; decorative and ornamental foliage plants, annuals and other soft-wooded plants, to be exhibited in successive periods during the season; roses; cactacea; ferns - their management in the open air, ferneries, new plants, with statement of their origin.
Large conservatories and apparatus pertaining thereto; room and window conservatories; aquariums for aquatic plants; fountains; hot-house and conservatory plants; orchids and parasitic plants; aquatic plants.
Gardeners', nurserymen's and horticulturists' tools and implements of all descriptions; apparatus for watering and keeping turf in order, etc.; ornamental wire-work for gardens; ornamental receptacles for plants; aquariums and flower stands.
Designs for the laying out and construction of gardens; the treatment of water for ornamental purposes, reservoirs, lakes, fountains, cascades: formation and permanent treatment of lawns, general construction, rock-work, grottoes; rustic constructions and adornments for gardens.
Species of plants and examples of culture exhibiting the characteristic types of the gardens and dwellings of each country.
Species of plants and examples of culture exhibiting the characteristic types of the kitchen gardens of each country.
Species of plants and specimens of products exhibiting the characteristic types of the orchards of each country.
Species of plants and specimens of products, illustrating the processes followed in each country for planting forests.
The May meeting was fully equal to the April one, of which we gave some account. On this occasion there were but two amateur exhibitors: Mr. Clarence H. Clark, whose gardener, Mr. Warne, had a collection of ferns, foliage plants and azaleas - one of these being six feet high by fifteen feet in circumference; and Mr. Jacob Paul Jones ,whose gardener, Mr. Bell, had a collection of herbaceous plants, in the cultivation of which he is quite famous. The commercial exhibitors were Mr. Evans, who, among other cut roses, had blooms of the Francis Bennett rose, which, by the way, the florists hereabouts insist on abbreviating to simply "The Bennett Rose;" W. H. Hanson, J. Kift & Son, Geo. Anderson, H. A. Dreer, Robert Scott & Son, Heron & Nisbet, Hugh Graham & Co., and D. Fergusson's Sons.