It is not easy to note such matters in a local exhibition that will interest the readers of a magazine scattered over a whole continent. Still we think we can make a few points that will come within this scope, though we shall have to omit a great deal of purely local interest.

First, it is encouraging to say that there was exhibited a great improvement in the art of growing the plants. Exhibitors generally had a system of growth and training at which they aimed, and this led to a regularity in appearance, which indicated better than anything that it was cultural art, and not a chapter of accidents that had produced the good results. This was particularly evident in the $200 first premium taken by Craig Brothers. These were trained to a rather flat standard, about 2 1/2 to 3 feet high and about 4 feet wide, and an average one had on it 160 flowers.

Another great improvement was the evident care taken to have the flowers produced on good strong stalks so as to be in a great measure self-supporting, and at the same time to have an abundance of good healthy foliage. In this respect the plants of Mr. John Kinnier, gardener to Joel J. Bailey, Esq., of Philadelphia, who took the New York Premium of $50, were among the best we ever saw. There are a great many points to be taken into consideration by a judge at a Chrysanthemum show, and awards have to be made on the average of these number of points. If other points had been equal to this one of superb culture, it would probably have ranked higher than fourth on the list. The plants were about 3 feet by 3, and had an average of 200 flowers on each plant.

In the third premium ($100), set of John Shaw, gardener to Clarence H. Clark, Esq., were some fine specimens. One of them was of the variety Enchantress, trained as a cone. It was about 4 feet high by about 3 wide. It occurred to the reporter that it would add to the interest of Chrysanthemum shows, to have premiums for different styles of training, say six best trained as cones, and six best trained as depressed spheres. The second ($150) premium, went to William Dewar, gardener to Mrs. Charles Wheeler. The one conspicuous point of merit, in addition to numerous other good points, were the remarkable fine flowers. These were much larger than the blooms of the same varieties as generally seen. A plant of the beautiful white variety, Mrs. George Bullock, could probably not be surpassed in cultural skill, and was universally admired.

In the competition for single specimen plants in the various colors, most growers seemed to aim at getting very large plants with numerous flowers, without regard to well-trained specimens. Thus one premium plant of P. Conlan, gardener to Mr. P. Roberts, though only in a 15-inch pot, was 6 feet high by about 4 wide, and had about 300 flowers. The first premium, yellow, given to Mr. Dewar, for the var., Temple of Solomon, was a model of good growth. It was about 6 feet over by 4 feet high, somewhat hemispherical, with about 144 sprays, most of which had two flowers thereon.

Of peculiar varieties, a specimen of Diana in the collection of Mr. Clarence H. Clark, with the outer petals purple, and the inner ones white, suggested the idea that it might be as well for seedling raisers to aim at the production of a distinctively bi-colored race.

A good point to note was that there was far less dependence on stakes and string to make good specimens than formerly. These must be used, but they were mostly painted green, and kept out of sight as much as possible. Another good point was to note a number of new comers, trying their wings. In some cases they had " not for competition " modestly displayed. These younglings made good displays, and when they noted that some of the earlier exhibitors in the front rank of of premium takers, had to take back seats on this occasion, they will doubtless take courage and be in the ranks of the regular army of friendly fighters next year. Another improvement we are glad to record, was the almost general use of labels above the plants, so that any one could tell the variety without groping at the bottom of the pot to find the wooden label.

Another interesting matter was to note how large was the number of seedlings raised by Philadelphia growers that had evidently taken rank as standard kinds. There were also a very large number of seedlings of first-class character offered in competition for premiums. The highest was given to a variety unnamed, we believe, to Mr. W. K. Harris, who was probably the first florist to enter warmly into the modern interest in chrysanthemum culture. It was much after the style of that very beautiful variety, Moonlight, but had more lemon tint in it. A silver medal was awarded to Mr. Hugh Graham for one called Mrs. Hugh Graham. It was one with with large, broad spreading florets, with a lemon centre. One of the most novel, to our mind, though not seeming to impress the judges so much, was one called Edwin H. Filler, - so named after the mayor of Philadelphia. It was very large, about 6 inches across - semi-double, golden, with innumerable brown pen-cilings, which made it look a golden bronze.

A very curious one was labelled Ellen K. Pitcher, it had but a single row of yellow tubular ray florets of great length, with only a small blade at the apex of each quill. It was pronounced very distinct, but not likely to be appreciated by chrysanthemum buyers.

The immense number of named kinds now in existence makes it very difficult to pronounce on the novelty or merits of new candidates. In the cut " sprays," Mr. John M. Hughes, Mr. Childs' gardener, there were 152 varieties. Mr. Cullen, gardener to E. P. Wilbur, Esq., of Bethlehem, Pa., had 120 kinds, and there were other large collections. People would say, surely there must be repetitions here, but a careful comparison would show no two alike.

Besides chrysanthemums, there were, of course, roses, but nothing specially new to note, but their extra fine vigorous health. Among the hybrid Perpetuals the most noticeable was the much criticised American Beauty. It may have been no good as Madam Ferdinand Jamain. Certainly as seen on exhibition here to-day, a popular vote would place it high above its comrades.

In picture books and catalogues one's mouth often waters over the mushrooms that seem covering little boxes as thick as gravel stones along the sea shore. Here was a box of the real things, just as we see them in the pictures, from the hands of Mr. P. McCaffrey, gardener at the Continental Hotel grounds.

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