The American Garden Plot At The London Exhibition

The London papers speak in high praise of the exhibition of American plants in the recent exhibit. One bed was wholly devoted to California annuals, which thrive so admirably in the London climate. The success of this horticultural feature must have been very gratifying to Mr. Burnett Landreth, the American commissioner, whose tastes flow so much towards gardening. The garden was arranged chiefly by chief gardener William Goldring, under instructions from the Director General Whiteley.

Peach Culture In America

We do not know where the record of the earliest attempts at peach culture in America may be found; but Oldmixon. writing in 1700, says that the whole of the road leading out of Philadelphia and through Germantown, and what is now Germantown avenue, Philadelphia, was one complete string of peach trees.

Short Names For Varieties

A correspondent of the Garden compliments "especially Americans" for the short names they give their new varieties of roses. The compliment might be extended by including the shortening of the old, as well as naming the new. Few persons here ever say General Jacqueminot. Jack is all this good old rose receives.

The Divine Pear

This is the name the English are substituting for persimmon. It may be a translation of the Greek name, but persimmon is good enough for common people.

Greenhouses Of The Late Alex. Mitchell, Of Milwaukee

We regret to learn that there is little probability of these beautiful greenhouses being maintained for any length of time. For the present a florist of the city will overlook things. Mr. Pollard, who has been gardener there for twenty years, retires.

The Secretary Of The Iowa Horticultural Society

Gustavus B. Brackett is the Secretary of the Iowa Horticultural Society, not George B. Brackett, who is a brother, and of Kansas.

C. M. Hovey

After the extended notice we gave of the life and services of Mr. Hovey in the December number of last year, we have only to express here what must be the universal feeling of regret with which all lovers of horticulture will receive the news of his death, which occurred on the second of September, 1887, in his 77th year, closing one of the most useful lives that has ever been spent in the field of American horticulture.

Bourne's Essay On Roses

This excellent essay on old and new roses, read last year before the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, has been translated into several foreign languages. It appears in full in the Journal des Roses for April.