Woodbridge And Bethany Agricultural Society

President, J. W. Bradley, of Bethany. Vice-Presidents, D. Augur, of Woodbridge; Justus Peck, of Bethany. Secretary and Treasurer, Minott Augur, of Woodbridge. Directors, E. A. Tuttle, H. E. Loune-berry, M. W. Bradley, Bethany; U. Clinton, J. Sidney, Newton; S. P. Newton, of Wood-bridge.

Wooden Flower-Pots

At a recent meeting of the Chicago Horticultural Society, Mr. Fool introduced wooden flower-pots, as a probable improvement over earthen. They were turned from whitewood or poplar, were light, less liable to break, and claimed better for growing plants than earthen.

It is well known that the Chinese use wood, and are generally successful cultur-ists. Wood is not as rapid or good conductor as earthen, and when the soil is once warmed in the pot, its temperature can perhaps be kept more even and regular than in earthen pots. For plunging purposes we should think there would be a liability to softening and decay, and perhaps an inducement to the roots to grow to the sides of the pots, and thus make repotting a difficult matter.


The best security is said to be, to have a space a few inches wider round the sides of the bed, and made smooth with dry ashes; the ashes, etc, in which the plants are plunged, may be kept damper. Lay a little dry hay, moss, or any other handy stuff, on the dry ashes round the side of the bed, and thither the enemy will retreat. At breakfast-time, have a pot of boiling water, and a small pot with a fine rose to it. Lift the covering carefully and quietly with one hand, and sprinkle the intruders with boiling water with the other. Place also pieces of carrot in small pots filled with moss, and they will go there to feed.

The Woodward Gate

While driving through Newburgh lately we came suddenly upon a gate, which seemed to us to have a familiar look. It was the Woodward Gate, figured in our April number, which Mr. Thomas had adopted as the entrance to his fine estate. We saw two or three others, but this was the prettiest; and best made of them all; not only that, but it was the best gate we saw in Newburgh, notwithstanding others may have cost three times as much. We know of no other gate combining so perfectly the elements of utility and beauty; it is light, strong, simple, and cheap to a degree which should make it popular. We expect to see Woodward gates swinging on all the roads.

Woodward's Gardens, San Francisco

Mr. R. B. Woodward the proprietor of these famous Gardens, has been lately adding some new and choice botanical specimens from foreign countries; orchidaceous plants are well represented. In the green houses is a superb specimen of the Banana plant, just in flower and forming its young fruit. The Pine Apple is represented in 20 or 30 plants now in fruit. A fine collection of Azaleas in full bloom is represented there, as also plants of the Dracaena fragrans, the Phormium tenax (New Zealand flax), the Ramie plant and a score or more varieties of the Acacia. In the new Mammoth Pavilion, Mr. Woodward gave a fine entertainment to 10,000 Sunday School Scholars recently, which was one of the most enthusiastic and delighted audiences ever gathered together in that city.