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 Spring Exhibition of this society was held at the Athenaeum on the 11th, 12th, and 13th of April. The exhibition will take its place among the best which the Society has held, and in a pecuniary point was successful beyond what was anticipated. Had the result, in this respect, been otherwise, the citizens of Brooklyn would, for some years at least, have been deprived of a means of enjoyment which they have been quite too tardy in appreciating.
In all floral exhibitions there is some one feature which gives character to the scene, and on this occasion it was the Azalea. Large, skilfully.grown, well covered with bloom, diversified in their colors, they doubtless met the requirements of the most fastidious taste; and while we have no fault to find in these respects, we should be glad if hereafter some of our Azalea growers'would abandon the low. flat, spreading form now almost universal, and adopt a shape somewhat approaching a pyramid or a shaft. It would give greater diversity of form, and thus add vastly to the interest of the exhibition, while at the same time it would give additional scope to the gardener's skill. Among the " solid men*' of the exhibition may be mentioned Messrs. Van Voorst, Langley, Menand, Hoyt, Patrick, Rogers, Low, etc, represented by their respective gardeners. Of the specialties of these gentlemen we shall have something to say on another occasion. Too much praise cannot be bestowed upon the President, J. W. Degrauw, Esq., to whose unflagging energies and enthusiasm the public are indebted for these beautiful floral exhibitions.
Mr. Fleming, gardener to C. Van Voorst, Esq., of Jersey City, exhibited a rare collection of plants, and their fine condition showed him to be a careful and skilful man. Among the most noteworthy, we may mention a number of variegated leaved Begonias; six Caladiums, the finest being Chantinii and argyrites; Medinella magnifies; Rudgea leucocephala, a new plant with large clusters of white flowers like a tuberose; five Orchids in bloom, viz., Oncidium lucidum guttatam, Dendrobium aggregatum, D. Oriflithii, Odontoglossum cordatum, and Cattleya Moesiee,the last a splendid plant; Bhapala corcovadensis, a splendid evergreen plant, and believed to be the largest in the country; Guzmannia picta, Maranta vittata, Aralia reticulata, Ananassa sativa variegata, Dracaena indivisa, several fine Epacris and Azaleas, and an Anaectoch-ilus setaceus, the last, in our opinion, the finest plant in the room.
Mr. Menand, of Albany, exhibited a large collection of plants, embracing a number of rare and finely grown specimens, among which the following may be mentioned: Dammara Brownii, a new plant from Australia; Caladium Chantinii, Maranta eximia, M. vittata, and M. regulis; Rogiera cordata, Blumen cratiliense, Viburnum nitidum, a splendid specimen nearly eight feet high, and covered with bloom; Acacia pubescens hybrida; several beautiful Ericas; Andoninia capitata; Melaleuca fulgens; Pimelea decussata and P. Hendersonii, beautiful specimens; Medinella magnifica; Tradescantia discolor vittata; Dendrobium nobile; a large number of Ferns, and many other fine and rare plants.
From Mr. Gordon, gardener to E. Hoyt, Esq., Astoria, a splendid collection of large and well grown Azaleas, such as Iveryana, extranii, optima, amoena, Beauty of Europe, etc.; Epacris campanulata rubra grandiflora; Eriostemon buxifolia and E. intermedia; Aphelexis purpurea macrantha; Boronia tetrandra and B. Mollinit; four beautiful Ericas, including ventricosa coruscene and coccinea minor; Burchelia capensis, and other fine things.
From Mr. Murray, gardener to J. Patrick, Esq-, Brooklyn, a collection of finely grown plants, embracing several beautiful Azaleas; Eriostemon intermedia; Lachenaultia formosa, Tropoeolnm tricolor, Chorozema Hencbmannii, one of the best grown plants in the room, and very pretty; Boronia pinnata, and a number of other good things.
From Mr. Hamlyn, gardener to W. C. Langley, Esq., Brooklyn, a very choice collection of plants, among which were Marantas, Crotons, Lycopodiums, Ferns in great variety, Azaleas, Begonia ricinfolia maculata, Phoenix dactylifera, Bahmeria argentea, Tradescantia discolor argentia, Pitcairnia punicea, Ciseus discolor, Rhapala corcovadensis, Farfugium grande, some very beautiful Ericas, and a number of other plants.
The other collections contained mostly the same kinds of plants, and it is not necessary to repeat the names. Mr. Rauch showed a large collection of plants, including Roses, Azaleas, Camellia A. J. Downing, (very fine.) Begonias, Ericas, Aralia quinquifolia, Aspedistria elatior variegata, Boronia crenulata, Selaginella paradoxa, Bilbergias, and many other pretty things.
Mr. Dailledouze exhibited a fine lot of Monthly Carnations, some of the best being La Paon, Indispensable White, La Pure'te", De Beranger, Grenadier, Haten, Le Grandeur, Variegata. Also a fine bloom of the new Rose America, and the best collection of Pansies we have ever seen.
Mr. Hudson presented a very good design for a small garden, in working order.
From Messrs. Poynter & Foddy, cut flowers, Roses, Ac. From Mr. Templeton, very fine Cinerarias; some good ones also from Mr. Egan. From Mr. Park, a pair of Hand Bouquets. From Mr. Zeh, a basket and collection of fine pot plants. From Mr. Egan, a plate of Snap Beans. From Mr. Schmeig, Lettuce and Radishes. From Mr. Jones, some Hothouse Grapes.
Mr. Hochstein exhibited a finely executed design for a Diploma in water colors, very appropriate for a society of this kind. We append a list of the successful competitors, which must complete our remarks for the present, with the announcement that the Society will give another exhibition about the 6econd week in June.
Mr. Fleming took first prizes for best four Stove Plants, $8; best six variegated leaved plants. $6; best single do., $3; best two Orchids, $5; best single do., $3; best cut Camellias, $3; special prizes for ornamental leafed plant, $2, and Caladiums,and Begonias, $2.
Mr. Rauch took first prizes for best six Roses, $5; best Labeling, $2. Second prizes for collection of plants, $10; for Flower Basket, $3; for three Azaleas, $8. . Mr. Hamlyn took first prizes for best Ferns, $8; best four Ericas, $8; best two Ericas, $5; best four Gloxinias, $4; best 6 Pinks, $3. Second prizes for variegated leaved plant, $2; for single Azalea, $2.
Mr. Gordon took first prizes for best eight Greenhouse plants, $12; best six Azaleas, $10; best single Azalea, $4. Second prizes for four Ericas, $6.
Mr. Murray took first prizes for best three Azaleas, $5; best single Rose, $3. Second prizes for four Greenhouse plants, $5; for single Erica, $2; six cut Camellias, $2.
Mr. Weir took first prizes for best Parlor Bouquet, $5. Second, for two Greenhouse plants, $3.
Mr. Zeh took first prizes for best two Greenhouse plants, $5; best Chinese Primrose, $1. Third, for Hand Bouquets, $2; and Basket, $2.
Mr. Jones took first prize for best two bunches of Grapes, $6. Second, for specimen plant, $2.
Mr. Templeton took first prizes for best four Cinerarias, $ 4; best cut flowers, $5. Second, for six Azaleas, $6; for three Scarlet Geraniums, $2.
Mr. Schmeig took first prizes for best double Chinese Primrose, $1; best six stalks of Rhubarb, $1; best Radishes, $1.
Messrs. Dailledouze & Tellar took first prizes for best four Auriculas, $3; best four Monthly Carnations, $3.
Messrs. Pointer & Toddy took first prizes for best twelve Pansies, $1; best Flower Basket, $5.
Mr. Walter Park took first prize for best Hand Bouquets, $4.
Mr. Hudson took second prize for Hand Bouquets, $3.
Mr. Egan took first prize for best Sea-kale, $1.
Mr. Buchanan was awarded a special prize for his fine seedling Camellia, Mrs. Buchanan.
In conclusion, we congratulate the members of the Society upon their happy success, and hope it may act as a stimulus for increased exertion for the future. We would suggest that hereafter the names of the exhibitors be attached to their plants. We have endeavored to credit the proper owners, but doubtless have made some errors because of this absence of names.
The June exhibition of this Society will open at the Athenaeum on the 13th, we believe, of the month. Active preparations are being made for a large show, which we hope may be entirely successful.
The Fall Exhibition of this Society will be held at the Athenaeum, Brooklyn, on the 19th, 20th, and 21st of September. A fine display is anticipated, which we hope may be fully realized.