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The meeting was held at the Society's rooms. The display of plants and flowers surpassed the utmost expectations of the committee. The exhibition-room was much too small for the articles deposited to be displayed properly, and uncomfortably limited for the convenience or pleasure of the numerous visitors. We hope some more commodious room may be secured for future occasions.
Among the objects on the tables, we noted as novel or choice, Aquilegia glandulosa - a pretty blue and white flowered Columbine - from H. A. Grartf's greenhouses, Brooklyn, L. L; also, a striped variety of Azalea sinensis, said to be a new seedling - very beautiful; Camellias Hama-dryas, Ellen's Favorite, and Washington; six varieties of Cineraria; Tetratheca (Tremandra) vertiefllata - a very pretty greenhouse plant, with whorls of linear leaves, and bright blue flowers on long peduncles - already familiar to many of our readers; Ornithogalum aureum;
Calceolarias - none of the latter of any striking merit, but large and healthy plants. The Camellia Ellen's Favorite is one of Hicks' seedlings, the stock of which is in the hands of the exhibitor. It promises to be a flower of permanent merit - not so liable to sport as Duchess of Orleans, and other striped types, which have lately created so much furor florum among the Camellia speculators. We question whether it will bring $1,000, even in trade, as Jenny Lind has done, so much talked of.
A flower of another of Hicks' seedlings was shown us by Mr. T. Hogg, Jr., but we could not form any decided opinion as to its merits.
A stand containing sixty blooms of Pansies was shown by Mr. Jambs WeIb, Florist, Bayridge, L. L Several of the flowers were worthy of notice, especially the dark varieties. They were all seedlings from imported English seed.
L B. Lenoir, New York, had seven seedlings, also from imported seed, two of which were above the average, both in size and beauty of color, though wanting in substance and form. They may be improved, however. One of them, a large creamy-white flower with dark feathered or laced center, should not be lost sight of We have, with the permission of Mr. Lenoir, named it Bessy Kane, in compliment to a young lady who has a decided taste for this class of flowers, and one who deserves such distinction at the hands of one of our best florists. We trust the variety, though not first class, will serve to elevate the growing taste for florist flowers, and urge the experienced florists of our country to improve the favorite Pansy. Mr. Lenoir has promised us that he will propagate it The other variety is a dark velvety purple or brown color, large, and of tolerably good form, superior to the majority of American seedling Pansies. It has been named PethskUl Favorite, and will prove worthy of notice. Next season we hope to have to report much progress in this department of the florist's business.
We wish the gardeners and florists would have their plants correctly and legibly named, for our especial benefit, if not for their own interest, and the public good.
A stand of flowers in pots was deposited from the garden of Fibber Howe, Esq.; also, a collection of plants.
Messrs. Poynter & Canner had several seedling Cinerarias of merit, also a collection of miscellaneous plants.
J as. Weir, Bayridge, L. I., had a very fine table boquet made up of the choicest flowers of the green and hot-houses. Also, fourteen choice plants of Roses, in four varieties, embracing Her-mosa, Agrippina, Safrano, and Souvenir de Malmaison. A neatly trained specimen of the three-colored Tropaeolum (Tropoeolnm tricolorum) attracted much notice.
We have perhaps omitted many of the noteworthy items, but such omission is inevitable in a crowded room. We thank two of the competitors for the lists of their objects; it aids us to have such handed us, and would not be mucli extra labor to the competitors. We hope the committees will have arrangements made to announce their awards at the sitting of the Society on the evening awarded. They have admitted the importance of this. The next exhibition will take place on Thursday, April 80th.
The meeting of the Society was organized in the library-room. The President, J. W. De-grauw, Esq., in the chair.
Some important business was transacted as to procuring the room for the first semi-annual exhibition, to be held on the 10th, 11th, and 12th days and evenings of May, at the Athenaeum. It is supposed that the display will be unusually fine, and the affair a successful attempt to show that there still exists pure taste in the Empire State.
R. R. Scott inquired if any communication had been made to this Society, by the New York Horticultural Society, as to a resolution for the collection of valuable trees and shrubs indigenous to Texas, Oregon, and other lately annexed territories, by appointing a committee to collect subscriptions, etc, for that purpose.
The Corresponding Secretary replied that no communication had reached him on the subject. On motion, adjourned.