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 stated meeting of this Society occurred at Concert Hall, on Tuesday evening, November 18,1856, Caleb Cope in the chair. Numerous premiums were awarded.
By the Committee on Fruits. Apples, collection of fifty specimens. Special Premiums - of five dollars to Richard Matthews, gr. to Jos. S. Lovering, for six vines of Black Hamburg Grapes in pots; of five dollars to Jerome Graff, gr. to Caleb Cope, for an interesting collection of cut Grapes, consisting of four varieties; of five dollars to Chas. Sutherland, gr. to J. Anspach, for six Pine-Apples grown in pots.
Vegetables. The Committee call the attention of the Society to a dish of Potatoes grown in Luzerne County, called the Dooryard - very superior in quality, and of large size. The Committee were gratified to report to the Society that the display of vegetables made this evening, was superior to any that we have had for many months.
The Committee for establishing premiums, reported a schedule for the year 1857, which, on being amended, was adopted.
Five gentlemen were elected members of the Society.
The following gentlemen have been elected officers for the ensuing year: President - Gen. Robert Patterson. Vice-Presidents - James Dundas, E. W. Keyser, Robert Buist, B. A. Fahnestock. Treasurer - John Thomas. Corresponding Secretary - Thomas C. Percival. Recording Secretary - Thomas P. James. Professor of Entomolgy - Samuel S. Haldeman, A. M. Professor of Botany -William Darlington, M. D. Professor of Horticultural Chemistry - Robert Hare, M. D.
The stated meeting of this Society was held at Concert Hall, on Tuesday evening, 17th of February. Various premiums were awarded.
Among these we notice, for the best Apples - twelve specimens - the Mammoth Pippin, and for the second best, the Chester's Spitzenburgh, to John Perkins. Special Premiums - five dollars for three Queen Pine-Apples in pots, and one dollar, for Isabella Grapes, to Mark Hill, and one dollar to S. W. Noble, for Apples.
The appointments of the Standing Committees for the year were announced.
The stated meeting of this Society was held at Concert Hall, on Tuesday evening, March 17, 1857. E. W. Keyser, Vice-President, in the chair. The following premiums were awarded: -
By the Committee on Plants and Flowers. Azalea - specimen - for the best to Cornelius O'Brien, gr. to Gen. Patterson. Collection of six Plants - for the best to the same. New Plants - shown for the first time - a premium of three dollars to John Sherwood, for Daphne oneorum maxima, D. thymifolia grandiflora, D. vesculensis, and Azalea ramentacea (from China) ; two dollars to R. Buist, for Ixora floribunda and Azalea Bride. Design for the Table - for the best to J. J. Habermehl, gr. to John Lambert. Basket - for the best to the same ; for the second best to Thos. Meghranr gr. to Mrs. J. P. Wetherill. Bouquets - for the best pair to H. A. Dreer; for the second best to J. J. Habermehl. Special Premium - five dollars to Peter Raabe, for a beautiful pyramid of Hyacinths, and a collection in pots.
By the Committee on Fruits. Pears - for the best (the Easter Buerre') to John Chambers. Apples - for the best (the Chesterfield Pippin) to the same; for the second best to John Perkins. Special Premium of three dollars to John Chambers, for a beautiful display of Apples.
By the Committee on Vegetables. Lettuce - for the best six heads to James Jones, gr. at Girard College. For the best display by a market gardener, to A. L. Felton; for the best display by an amateur gardener, to Thos. Meghran, gr. to Mrs. J. P. Wetherill.
A stated meeting of this Society was held at Concert Hall, on the 20th of May. The exhibition of plants, fruit, and vegetables, was quite large; of the latter, Mr. A. L. Felten and Mrs. WetheriLL's gardener made a beautiful display, and both received premiums. Mr. Felten also received the first premium for the best asparagus. The collection of greenhouse plants from Mr. Anspach, and grapes, received premiums. B. M. Davis received a special premium for apples, in a fine state of preservation, and one was given to Geo. Lasenby for delicious looking pine-apples.
The stated meeting for March was held on the 15th; the display of flowers and flowering plants was remarkably fine for the season, and, compared with former exhibitions, gave decided evidence of improvement in the quality of the articles contributed.
We are indented to the Secretary tor a full report of the meeting, which was too late for insertion in this number.
We append the following abridgment:
In collections of plants, those from the garden of 'Dr. Rush contained fine specimens of Begonia manicata, Bletia Tankervilla,'Centradenia florabunda, Francisea eximia, and several choice Azaleas. James Dundas sent a fine Eriostemon nerifolia, also beautifully-flowered plants of Begonia Sandersii, Ryncospernum jasminoides, Chorozeina Lawrenceana, and Mane-vina Oderatissima. A choice display of Azaleas from the same contributor, contains among others, fine plants of Iverqana, Extreamii, Criterion, Trotteriana, and Duke of Wellington.
Peter McKenzie exhibited a large number of plants; in this list we observe several new Acacias, Ardisias, Camellias, etc. D. R. King also contributed plants in flower, basket of cut flowers, and a " funeral chaplet of unique and appropriate design." In the articles sent by Thomas Meehan, an assortment of 40 varieties of Hyacinths, attracted much notice.
John Auspach, B. P. Hutchinson, A. J. Bucknor, John Gray, J. Haberinehl, Robert Buist, and Robert Kilvington, also contributed largely in plants and flowers. The collections of camellias are noticed as being particularly fine.
Mushrooms and cucumbers of extra size, from the Rev. J. M. Richards and A. J. Bucknor. Lettuce from John Gray and James Jones, and cucumbers and asparagus from C. F. Abbot, are also enumerated. We regret our inability to publish the report in full.
We have received the "Programme for the year 1862." We have in this a list of officers and committees for 1862, the regulations of the Library, order of meetings and monthly topics for discussion, and a schedule of premiums. We are very glad to see that the Society has adopted the feature of monthly conversational meetings in connection with monthly exhibitions. This will greatly increase the Society's usefulness, besides diffusing a spirit of life and activity among all its members. In a notice at the beginning it is stated that the Society "is the oldest Horticultural Society in the United States, having been instituted in 1827," and incorporated in 1831. The statement is not correct as to the Pennsylvania Society being the oldest. The New York Horticultural Society was instituted in 1818, and incorporated in 1822, and it therefore has a prior claim of many years. The Pennsylvania Society has marked out a large field of usefulness, and we hope it may occupy it profitably to itself and the good cause.
The annual meeting of this Society will be held at Mechanicsburg, Pa., Jan. 21, 1874. We know it will be full of interest, and a great deal that is valuable and in -structive will be elicited.
Josiah Hoopes, President. A. W. Harris, Secretary.