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.
Just as we are putting our last form to press the Brooklyn Society is in the midst of its fall exhibition. Their new room at Montague Hall is not. in some respects, as good as their old one at the Athenaeum, but it is somewhat larger: the ceiling is too low, and the room too narrow. We hope next year to see them at the Academy of Music. The President has been unwearied in his exertions, and is rewarded by a remarkably fine exhibition. We have only time at present to notice some of the leading features The collection of fruit was a very choice one. The samples of Apples and Pears from Messrs. Ell-wsnger &, Barry, Briggs, Sprunt, Gordon, Ryan & Co., Marx, Quin, Field, and others, were exceedingly fine. Foreign Grapes were shown in quantity, bunches and berries both being large and fine: this part of the exhibition, indeed, was an advance upon any thing the Society lias yet had. The season was too early to see a fine show of native grapes, the Delaware and Hartford being almost the only two kinds in condition to eat, except some grown under glass, which, strangely enough, were put in competition with those grown in the open air. There were two large fruit baskets admirably arranged; they would have been still better had they been smaller.
Among the exhibiters of Grapes were Messrs. Cowan, Mullen, Egan, Schmeig, Fuller, Merrit.
The display of Pot Plants was very choice. The leading feature in this department consisted of variegated leaved plants, such as Caladiums, Begonias, Crotons, Marantas, Ananassas, etc. Another striking feature was a large number of Bilbergias in bloom, distributed through the room; and still another, very large and fine specimen of Ferns and Lycopodiums. Here and there in collections might be seen a new or rare plant, which we can now only allude to; but we must not forget one very attractive object, a couple of leaves and a flower of the grand Victoria regia, presented by James Dundas, Esq., of Philadelphia.
The cut flowers were not as numerous as on some former occasions, but they were quite unexceptionable, especially the miscellaneous show of Mr. Weir and Mr. Humphrey, the Roses of Messrs. Dailledouze & Zeller and M. Donadi, the fine Verbenas of Peter Henderson, the splendid specimen Dahlias of Mr. Richardson and the collection of Mr. Veitch, as well as those of Messrs. Brenner, Poynter, and others. The display of Bouquets, Baskets, etc., was very pretty and attractive; we think the effect would have been enhanced by placing the circular table under the dome. But our printer is waiting, and we can only say in conclusion that the exhibition was a highly creditable and successful one, and will be remembered with pride. There were a great number of choice and beautiful objects in the room, which were highly appreciated; but we hope the members will not impeach our taste when we say that the Presiident of the Societv presented one of the loveliest of them all.
In conclusion, we give a condensed list of the prizes.
Ellwanger & Barry, Rochester, for best collection of Pears, $15; for best collection of Plums, $5; for best collection of Apples, $10. - James Cowan, Glen Cove, for best 6 bunches of Foreign Grapes, $10; for best 3 bunches of Foreign Grapes, $5; for best 6 bunches of Native Grapes, 2 varieties, $4; (these were manifestly grown under glass, and we are surprised that the judges should have admitted them to competition with out-door grapes.) - John Egan, New Brighton, for best 2 bunches of White Grapes, $4; for best 3 bunches of Native Grapes, $2. - Chris. Schmeig, gardener to J. Rogers, Esq., for best 2 bunches of Black Grapes, $4. - A. S. Fuller, agent for Dr. Grant, for best collection of Native Grapes, $5. - Thomas Sprunt, Throgg's Neck, for best 12 varieties of Pears, $6. - Alexander Gordon, gardener to E. Hoyt, Esq., Astoria, for best 6 varieties of Pears, $3; for best Orchid, $3; for best 6 Ornamental Leaved Plants, $5. - H. Tanner, gardener to J. S. T. Stranahan, Esq., Brooklyn, for best 2 dishes of Peaches, $3; for best dish of Plums, $3. - J. J. Cox, Brooklyn, for best Nectarines, $3. - A. M. Huggins, gardener to C. 8tanton, Esq., for best 12 Quinces, $2. - W. J. Reddy, gardener to Mrs. Packer, Brooklyn, for best dish of Figs, $3; for best basket of Fruit, $8. - I. Leonard, gardener to H. A. Perry, Esq., for best 2 Muskroelons, $2; for best display of Vegetables, $8. - Louis Menand, Albany, for best collection of Plants, $15; for best 4 Plants in bloom, $6; for best single specimen Plant, $3; for the best collection of; Ferns, $4; best labelling of Plants, $3 Geo. Hanilyn, gardener to W. C. Langley, Esq., for best single Plant in bloom, $3 John Humphries, Brooklyn, for best 4 Achimenes, $3. - James Weir, Sen., Bay Ridge, for the beat display of Cut Flowers, $8. - Dailledouze & Zeller, Brooklyn, best display of Roses, $5; best 12 Rows, $5. - Robert Veitch, New Haven, best display of Dahlias, $8. - Andrew Richardsoo, Fordham, for best 18 named Dahlias, $4; for best 12 named Dahlias, $3; for best Cut Dahlias, $2. - Peter Henderson, Jersey City, for best collection of named Verbenas, $2. - James Weir, Jr., for best Parlor Bouquet, $4; for best basket of Wild Flowers, $3. - Walter Park, Brooklyn, best Hand Bouquets, $4. - Henry Hudson, Brooklyn, best Floral Design. - Philip Zeh, gardener to A. A Low, Esq., for best basket of flowers, $4.
R. Mullen, gardener to R. H. Winslow, Esq., Westport, Ct., for 6 bunches of Foreign Grapes, $6; for 2 bunches of White Grapes, $2. - John Egan, for 3 bunches of Grapes, $ 3; for 2 bunches of Black Grapes, $2. - Thomas Templeton, for 6 bunches of Native Grapes, $2; for 3 bunches of Native Grapes, $1. - B. O'Mclia, gardener to Isaac Merrit, Esq., Hart's Village, for collection of Native Grapes, $3. - Jeremiah Briggs, Jamaica, for collection of Pears, $10. - Alexander Gordon, for 12 varieties of Pears, $4; for single specimen Plant in bloom, $2. - G, Marx, Astoria, for 6 varieties of Pears, $2. - C. J. Ryan & Co., Rochester, for collection of Apples, $6. - Wm. Hoggins, gardener to C Stanton, Esq , for Peaches, $2; for Plums, $2. - H. Tanner, for 12 Quinces, $1. - A. A. Degrauw, Jamaica, for 2 Musk-melons, $1. - Geo. Hamlyn, for collection of Plants, $10; for single specimen Plant, $2; for collection of Ferns, $3; for labelling of Plants, $2. - L. Menand, for 6 Ornamental Leaved Plants, $3. - John Humphreys, for Cot Flowers, $5. - M. Donadi, Astoria, for display of Rosea, $3, for 12 varieties of Roses, $3; for display of Dahlias, $5. - Peter Brunner, Orange, N. J. for 18 named Dahlias, $8; for 12 named Dahlias. $2. - C. 8. Pell, New York Orphan Asylum, for 6 named Dahlias, $1. - Wm. Poynter & Co., for collection of Verbenas, $1. James weir.
Sen., for Parlor Bouquet $2; for basket of flowers, $8. - Thomas Templeton, for pair of Hand Bouquets, $3. - James Weir, Jr., for basket of Wild Flowers, 12. - Mrs. A. Henderson, for floral design. - Philip Zeh, for basket of fruit, $5 - John McGowan, gardener to H. A. Kent, Esq., for display of vegetables, $6.
Chevalier & Petit, for Hand Bouquets. $2. - Wm. Poynter & Co., for basket of flowers, $2. - A. A. Degrauw, for display of vegetables, $4.