This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
THE next biennial meeting of this society will be held at Richmond, Virginia, in Assembly Hall, Eighth street, between Grace and Franklin, on the 6th, 7th and 8th of September, 1871. The circular just issued by the officers of the society states that exhibitions of the Virginia Pomological and Horticultural Society will be held in conjunction with it, and thus ample opportunity is afforded not only to examine the fruits of the South in comparison with those of the North, the West and of the Pacific Slope, which it is expected will be freely contributed, but also to foster and perpetuate the amicable and social relations which have heretofore existed between the members of the Society, and to widely diffuse the result of its deliberations for the benefit of our constantly expanding territory.
The climate of Virginia and adjacent States is believed to be admirably adapted to the culture of fruits, especially the pear, the grape and the strawberry. It is therefore hoped that there will be a full attendance of delegates from the South and the West, as well as from other quarters of our country, thereby stimulating more extensive cultivation upon which the North are so largely dependent for early supplies ; thus also, by the concentrated information and experience of cultivators, to aid the Society in completing the second division of its Catalogue of Fruits, being that part which pertains especially to the Southern States. This will be one of the prominent subjects which will come before the Society, and we therefore respectfully invite the various State and Local Committees to report to P. Barry, Chairman of the General Fruit Committee, agreeably to the constitution of the Society, such information and lists of fruits as may aid in determining what varieties are best adapted to their several localities.
These reports should be transmitted by mail to F. R. Elliott, Secretary, Cleveland, Ohio, as early as possible.
Arrangements have been made with the various railroad companies, terminating in Richmond, to return all members and others free of charge, who have paid full fare in coming, and who exhibit certificates of the Treasurer that they have attended the sessions of the Society. Similar arrangements can undoubtedly be made by the various delegations, with roads in their localities.
Members and delegates are requested to contribute specimens of Fruits of their respective districts, and to communicate in regard to them whatever may aid in promoting the objects of the Society and the science of American Pomology. Each contributor is requested to prepare a complete list of his collection, and to present the same with his fruits, that a report of all the varieties entered may be submitted to the meeting as soon as practicable.
Packages of Fruits with the name of the contributor, may be addressed as follows: "American Pomological Society," care of H. K. Ellyson, Secretary Virginia Horticultural and Pomological Society, Richmond, Va.
All persons desirous of becoming members can remit the admission fee to Thomas P. James, Esq., Treasurer, Philadelphia, who will furnish them with transactions of the Society. Life Membership, Ten Dollars; Biennial, Two Dollars.
To encourage full attendance and a liberal display of Fruit, the following liberal premiums have been oflered by private parties to exhibitors, besides the premiums of the Virginia Pomological Society:
All fruits must be grown by the exhibitor.
1. The Virginia Pomological and Horticultural Society Offer One Hundred and Fifty Dollars.
2. Ellwanger & Barry, of Rochester, New York, offer Fifty Dollars for the largest and best collection of Apples, not less than fifty varieties, three specimens of each.
3. Marshall P. Wilder, of Boston, Mass., offers Fifty Dollars for the largest and best collection of Pears, not less than fifty varieties, three specimens each.
5. Thomas P. James, of Philadelphia, Pa., offers Thirty Dollars for the largest and best collection of Peaches, not less than ten varieties, of six specimens each.
6. Gen'l R. L. Page, Norfolk, Va., offers Ten Dollars or a Medal for best half bushel of the Flowers Grape.
7. G. F. B. Leighton, Norfolk, Va., offers Twenty Dollars or a Medal, at the disposition of the American Pomological Society.
8. CD. Barbot, Norfolk, Va., offers Twenty Dollars or a Medal for best dozen bottles of Scuppernong Wine.
9. L. Berkley, Norfolk, Va., offers Ten Dollars or a Medal for best dozen bottles of the Flowers Grape Wine.
10. W. H. C. Lovett, Norfolk, Va., offers Ten Dollars or a Medal for best Dried Figs, - cured within the territory of the Society.
11. Hon. Jno. B. Whitehead, Norfolk, Va., offers Twenty Dollars or a Medal for best half bushel of Scuppernong Grapes.
12. W. S. Butt, Norfolk, Va., Two Premiums of Five Dollars each or Medals, one for best Figs ; the other at the disposal of the Society.
It is now expected that there will be large delegations from the New England and Middle States.
For the information of those who would like to join, we will state that there will be a large party of New York Editors and Horticulturists, who will make an excursion by the Old Dominion Steamship Line, from New York to Richmond, leaving on the Saturday before the session, and giving a trip of two days. This route is the most direct, and also most economical. Information can be obtained of P. T. Quinn, Newark, N. J., if any wish to join this party. Reduced rates, much more favorable than railroad fare can be obtained of this line.
WE received too late for acknowledgement in June issue, from Hon. Marshall P. Wilder, the proof sheet of a circular pertaining to the American Pomological Society. We now have in hand a duplicate of the same, with programme and premium list attached for the coming meeting of the Society, to be held in Boston, Sept. 10th to 13th. It appears that the most ample and complete preparations are already perfected by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, and other generous parties, to make the fourteenth biennial session of this National Association of Fruit Growers a grand success. • The collection of fruits there gathered from the hills and valleys of New England, the sunny South, the blooming prairies of the West, and from the more genial clime of the Pacific Slope, cannot but make this occasion one of no ordinary interest and importance in the history of American Pomology. President Wilder writes us: - " The interest will be increased by visits to noted places, and by the grand Plant Exhibition of the Massachusetts ' Horticultural Society at the same time."