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.
We had expected to receive long before this, a correct copy of premiums awarded. The reports published in the newspapers were so incorrect as to be worthless, and a correct report; although promised, has not yet reached us. We therefore, for the present, give a few notes. The general exhibition was not quite as good as usual, we think. Very little fruit was exhibited from the vicinity of New York. This, our friend informed us, was owing to the almost entire failure of the fruit crops there.
The show of Pears was fine, though mostly from Rochester and Boston. The peculiar smoothness and beauty of the Pears from this place was subject of remarks by almost all visitors. Messrs. Ellwanger & Barry exhibited about 200 varieties, and Messrs. Hovey & Co. nearly as many. J. H. Bailey, of Pittsburgh, made a beautiful show of Apples, some 70 varieties. The only good show of Apples by amateurs, was made by N. & E S. Hayward, of Rochester. They received the premium for the best twenty, and would also have received the premium for best collection if they had competed for it.
The exhibition of Grapes, both native and foreign, was very fine. We never saw finer Cataw-bas and Isabellas. Foreign Grapes were in abundance, beautifully grown, and attracted crowds of visitors. Nothing astonishes a promiscuous assembly, who have never seen any thing better than poorly grown native Grapes, so much as a fine display of foreign Grapes.
The display of cut Flowers was as good as could be expected for the season. Several fine collections of pot-plants added much to the interest of the occasion, and to the beauty of Floral Hall.
The show of vegetables was not equal to our hopes and expectations.