The Rhododendron show on Boston Common was a sight never to be forgotten - the finest in colors and display of choice varieties this country has ever beheld. It was with considerable difficulty the bare privilege was secured from the common council, to exhibit upon the Common; and next, it was believed to be almost impossible to transport and successfully flower so many plants as would be needed to produce the desired effect. Thanks, however, to the untiring energy of Mr. H. H. Hun-newell, Charles S. Sargent and E. S. Band, jr., every difficulty was surmounted, and for the entire month of June the denizens of that city saw a collection of Azaleas and. Rhododendrons of rare value and great beauty. The plants were mainly the property of Mr. Hunnewell, who appropriated from his private purse the sum of ten thousand dollars to defray the expenses of the exhibition. Although a nominal price was charged the public for admission, yet it did not altogether pay the expense.

Two large tents were erected, one about 60 by 100 feet, the other 100 by 300 feet, and the plants transplanted from their native home and conservatories of Mr. Hunnewell and Mr. Sargent, and placed in the natural soil of the Common. Within the tents were laid out, first, an avenue of 100 feet in length, bordered with Palms and rare Ferns; this led to the Rhododendron beds and walks. In the center of the large tent were three raised beds; the first, 15 by 30 feet; the second, 50 by 80 feet; the third, 15 feet in diameter. Walks also surrounded all the beds, which were also lined with specimen plants. Imagine all this space and beds filled solidly with masses of Rhododendrons in full bloom, bearing flowers of most royal size, and delicate as well as glowing and brilliant colors, and it would seem to be but a vision of the garden of Paradise.

We made careful notes of the best specimens, and their names, and they are herewith annexed. We only premise this statement by saying, that most of them are fit for in-door greenhouse culture only, many being but just imported from the Knapp Hill nursery of Anthony Waterer, Woking, England. Those, however, bearing a double star (**) are considered by Mr. Rand perfectly hardy for outdoor culture.


Trained in tree form, five feet high; color, deep pink on edge; center, light pink.


Trained in bush form; petals, pink edge; white center.


Purple edge; light pink center; very profuse bloomer; the hardiest variety we have.


Tree form; deep pink petals.


Bush form; scarlet and white stripes.


Bush form; profuse, white.

Album Elegans

Very large bush; white, slightly tinged with blush.

Mrs Halford

Bush, three feet; immensely prolific; bright pink flowers; trusses very large, very tender.

Charles Dickens

Deep pink; very brilliant.

Sir Charles Napier

Large bushy form; pink and white.


White, with slight blush.

Mrs. John Waterer

Petals, deep pink at the edge, and shading lighter to the center.


Petals, purple edge; delicately shaded inward. There were exhibited quite a number of large plants of Azalea - excellent specimens - trained in tree or pyramid form, mostly of scarlet color.

Among the fine specimens of other plants contributed to the exhibition, the following were noteworthy:

Cocas Coronata

Fifteen feet high; by H. H. Hunnewell.

Latania Borlonica

Two very fine plants; by S. R. Payson.

Dicksonia Antartica

Phenic Dactylifera

Chamaerops Excelsa

Eight feet; by It. H. Hunnewell.

Arancaria Excelsa

Areca Lutescens

Seaforthia Elegans

Twenty feet high; by S. R. Payson.

Seaforthia Elegans

Fifteen feet high; by H. H. Hunnewell.

Aralia Pulchra; Geonoma Pumila; Cyathea Deal Bata; Pritchardia Gandtchaudii

Rare and fine specimens.