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 the satisfaction of being present at the fall exhibition of this thriving young society, held at Newburgh on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 24th and 25th. As the edifice in which it was held was a church, it would not be quite proper to say it was not a good one; yet we may be permitted to say that it was not half large enough. A building twice the size would have been none too large. The exhibition, as a whole, was creditable to Newburgh, to the Society, and to those concerned in getting it up; yet we shall expect them to do much better next year. The arrangement was about as good as the room would admit of; in some respects, there was manifested decided good taste. The rules of the exhibition were in some particulars defective; but such things are incidental to a new society, and in time usually correct themselves. It is much to the credit of the people of Newburgh that they seemed to be conscious of having a beautiful institution in their midst We hope they will have the good sense to support it generously.
For want of room, we can only indulge in a few general remarks.
The display of fruit was largo and fine, especially apples, pears, and native grapes. There were fewer samples of foreign grapes than we expected to see in a place like Newburgh. There were samples of native grapes, not meeting in some respects the requirements of the rules, that were quite equal to those that took prizes. The same remark will hold good of other things. Mr. Charles Downing had a fine table of fruit, for exhibition only. There were some fine samples of fruit from Alexander Palmer, A. J. Gay wood, James H. Palmer, and others, which the rules would not admit to competition, the exhibitors living outside the county. A plate of Seckel pears from Mr. Jno. Peattie was the best single dish in the room. Mrs. Geo. B. Reeve exhibited some beautiful specimens of the Gravenstein apple, which had been submitted to an interesting process, which left the names of individuals, etc., distinctly and sharply traced. They were the first specimens thus treated that we had seen exhibited. Mrs. Reeve deserves much credit for her success in this beautiful art, which will be described hereafter.
The display of flowers was good; but there might have been twice as many if there had been room for them. An ornamental parlor stand from Miss Denning was exceedingly pretty and unique. It was in the form of a center table, about six inches deep, lined with zinc, and filled with sand, in which the Sowers were imbedded. The whole was covered with a glass top. Filled with about 150 varieties of flowers, it was a very beautiful object. Mr. Brinckerhoff had a fine collection of pot plants, embracing Caladiums, Begonias, Marantas, and many other pretty things. Mr. Sargeant also had a collection of rare pot plants. There were other good things in this department In the arrangement of flowers, Mrs. Charles Downing showed much the best taste. Strait-laced bouquets have little beauty in our eyes.
The vegetable department was abundantly stocked with good specimens. The best thing here, and one of the best things we ever saw, was an ornamental arrangement of vegetables in the form of a cornucopia, by W. L. Findley, Esq. It was most admirably done. We tried to get a photograph of it, but did not succeed.
We have no space for farther detail. We are compelled, much to our regret, to omit the list of prizes till next month.