At the meeting on the 30th of July, the chief interest was the competition for sweet peas adjusted to a scale of points, as good horticultural judging should be. The name of the successful competitor has not been given us. There was warm competition between Mr. J. W. Manning and Mr. Wm. J. Martin, gardener to Nathaniel T. Kidder, Esq., in Herbaceous plants, each having about ninety kinds. In Mr. Wm. Manning's was a stem of Lil-ium superbum of the enormous length of 9 feet. Another remarkable feature so early in the season, was a fine collection of Dahlias from Mr. Fewkes. In the competition for native ferns in pots, Mrs. P. D. Richards had forty-one species, and Mr. Severance Burrage, forty. The third premium of Mrs. C. N. S. Hosmer, also had forty species. There were a number of exhibits of wild flowers, a pretty novelty being a white variety of Asclepias incar nata pulchrafrom Walter E. Coburn.

The display of fruit was good. B. G. Smith's two prize baskets of English gooseberries (Bangup and Whitesmith) were very fine. Mr. Smith also exhibited the Wilson Junior blackberry, which was tested by the committee and found rather deficient in flavor, and a basket of handsome seedling blueberries. Mrs. J. R. Simmons contributed blueberries, grown in Princeton, of remarkably large size. W. C. Eustis had a good dish of Red Astra-chan apples. S. Hartwell's first prize dish of peaches (Waterloo) was excellent.

The vegetable department included fine peas, corn, potatoes and tomatoes, but nothing calling for special notice.

The Massachusetts Horticultural Society

The Massachusetts Horticultural Society has, with its accustomed liberality, appropriated the sum of five hundred dollars, to be offered in special prizes for fruits to be exhibited at the meeting of the American Pomological Society in connection with the Annual Exhibition of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society during the pomological meeting. A list of these prizes will be found in their circular, and special attention is called to them.

Parties intending to exhibit should give timely notice to Mr. E. W. Wood, at Horticultural Hall, Boston, stating what prize they will compete for and the number of dishes they will exhibit, so that space may be reserved. Packages of fruits should be addressed to E. W. Wood, at the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanics' Association Building, Boston Mass., freight and express charges prepaid. Mr. Charles W. Garfield is secretary.

It is impossible at this early date to definitely announce a series of topics for papers and discussions, but already assurances have been received from a number of leading pomologists and scientists in the country of their willingness to aid in the exercises of the meeting; and we confidently expect to hear from Dr. J. A. Lintner, of New York, and Prof. S. A. Forbes, of Illinois, upon Insects Injurious to Fruits; Dr. Henry P. Walcott, of Massachusetts, upon the Sanitary Influence of Fruits; Dr. J. H. Brakeley, of New Jersey, upon American Cranberry Culture; John J. Thomas, of New York, upon Pomological Nomenclature; Hon. H. E. Van Deman, of Washington, D. C, upon the Identification of Fruits; J. M. Smith, of Wisconsin, upon Preventing Deterioration in Varieties of Small Fruits.

We shall hear from P. J. Berckmans, of Georgia, upon some topic to be chosen by himself; and the California Board of Horticulture will select some skillful pomologist of that State to treat the question of the comparative quality of the species of fruits grown on the Pacific Slope and the same species grown elsewhere. We hope also to hear from Prof. Wm. Saunders, of Canada, on Experimental Pomology in the Dominion.

The following subjects have been suggested for general discussion as time may be secured: 1, Discussion on New Fruits; 2, Migration of Fruits; 3, Honesty in Testimonials and Recommendations; 4, Hardiness of Fruits - Causes and Experience; 5, Behaviour of Fruits at Various Altitudes; 6, Commercial Fertilizers as affecting Quality; 7, Fruit Breeding and Seed Extinction; 8, Some of Our Most Promising Wild Fruits; 9, Testimony Concerning Peach Yellows; 10, Testimony Concerning Apple Scab; 11, Climate as Affecting Color in Fruits; 12, Possibilities of Small Fruits with Water; 13, Progress in Fruit Identification by Flowers; 14, Progress in Improved Nomenclature - Our Duty; 15, Relation of Forest Destruction to Fruit Deterioration; 16, Relation of Soil Starving to Fruit Deterioration.

The opening session will occur at 10 o'clock on the morning of Wednesday the 14th day of September, and unless otherwise ordered by the convention, the hours of convening will be 9 A. m., 3 p. M., and 7.30 P. M.

From the experience of the years it seems to the officers of the Society that any entertainment or excursion not directly germain to the work of the convention should be avoided, and that during the sessions, members should, as far as practicable, be in attendance. It is very desirable that fruit growers interested in the continuous progress of the Society work, contribute short notes upon the topics suggested by this scheme, to be employed in editing the transactions of the Society, even if the writers cannot be present at the convention; to this end, contributions are solicited.

Massachusetts Horticultural Society

The Chrysanthemum show of November 10th was much superior to that of last year. The grand collection of the president, Dr. H. P. Wolcott, was not placed in competition. A very fine white seedling, called Mrs. Gane, was much admired. One of the interesting novel features of the exhibition was the arrangement of plants by E. Fewkes and Son, so as to represent a huge pyramid or, more properly speaking, a cone. The seedlings offered for the first time were numerous, - a pretty yellow from Fewkes, called President Hyde, having many favorites among the audience.

W. J. Martin, gardener to Nathaniel Kidder, Esq., had standards, the stems being 6 feet high. They were considered equal in successful culture to any of this class grown in any part of the world. A collection direct from Japan, by Messrs. Fewkes, attracted much attention. Mr. Gilmore varied the attractions by a splendid collection of orchids, in which a plant of the celebrated VandaSanderiana was conspicuous.

Among pears, the old Duchess, Langelier, and Winter Nelis seemed the favorites, - and Tompkins County King among the apples. As some idea of the excellent manner in which exhibitors sustain the Massachusetts Society, we may say that the list of successful exhibitors to whom awards were made, occupies a half column of close print in the Boston papers.

The Iowa State Horticultural Society, will hold its annual meeting at Des Moines, on the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th of January. C. G. Patten, of Charles City, is president, and Geo. Van Hou-tin, of Lenox, secretary. An unusually spirited programme is presented.

The schedule of premiums, competition open to all, issued by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, may now be had of Mr. Robert Manning, Secretary, Boston.

At the meeting of March 19th, Mrs. Francis B. Hayes exhibited another fine collection of roses, including Mme. Gabriel Luizet, La France, Baroness Rothschild, James Comley, Magna Charta, Captain Christy, White Baroness, Merveille de Lyon, and others. Mrs. E. H. Hinds exhibited amaryllises. The exhibition was probably less than it would have been but for the grand spring exhibition, which opened on the 26th, and for which exhibitors reserved their forces.