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.
Mr. Reid's Privet hedges are the best we have seen; he has planted them extensively near his house, where they grow freely and make a truly beautiful spring, summer and fall hedge, leafing very early and retaining the foliage until the end of the year, being in fact almost evergreen, and truly a treasure.
At a late meeting of the Michigan Pomological Society, premiums were awarded to the following: Summer, Primate first, Sweet Bough second; Fall, Maiden's Blush first, Lowell second; Winter, Rhode Island Greening first, Wagoner second.
The Society for encouraging National Industry in France, which had instituted a prize of 3,000 francs for the introduction of the most useful plants into the mother country or the colonies, has just decided that the above sum shall be this year divided equally between M. Diard, who has introduced a new kind of sugar cane into the island of Reunion, and M. Fery, who has established extensive rice plantations near La Teste, in the landes of Bordeaux.
At the last Pair of the American Institute, Henry S. Olcott, Esq., of New York, was presented with a handsome silver cup for the best public report of the Fair. A similar prize was offered lately by the United States Agricultural Society, and was awarded to Mr. Olcott. Having read his reports, we venture to say that both cups were well deserved.
For the largest collection of pears, greatest number of varieties, three specimens each, to M. P. Wilder, Appleton medal, valued at $30. For the largest and best grown collection, Hovey & Co., $30. For the best and largest collection of apples, B. N. Frenoh, Appleton medal, valued at $40; second best, A. D. Williams & Son, $20. Best twelve varieties, to J. Lovett, $20. Best twelve specimens, Hovey & Co., for Porter, $6. Best dish of pears, twelve specimens, J. Stick-ney & Co., for Louise Bonne de Jersey; $6; second, to J. Richardson, for Flemish Beauty, $5; third, to Geo. B. Cordwell, for White Doyenne, $4.
The following prizes are offered for 1853 :-Prospective prizes for seedling fruits, $750. For gardens and green houses, $200. For fruits, $620. Plants, flowers, and designs, $700. For vegetables, $250.
The lists of officers will be found under head of "Horticultural Societies".
These are at last finished, after constant labor and care in preparation, and are now being mailed to respective members. It is a pleasure to add, as we look at this handsome volume of nearly 200 pages, that it is by far the most valuable and perfect of any ever issued by the society. We speak only the truth when we say, the reports of the discussions are in detail more extensive and full than of any previous meeting, while the other departments, which have been closely supervised by Messrs. Barry and Downing, as well as Messrs. Wilder and Manning, contain information of the greatest value. As a record of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the society, it has a peculiar value, and it seems to us, every horticulturist in the United States should esteem it an unusual pleasure to be able to possess this memento of the very best horticultural society the United States ever possessed,