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The fact is, it is hard to keep clear of the " public.""Brooklyn" next takes up the " finance question." " Standard works of reference which every gardener ought to have access to will certainly cost fifty dollars; interest on this, say three dollars a year." Then there are horticultural and agricultural papers, without which he can not keep posted, which will cost him seven more. If he buys these himself, there will bean expenditure often dollars a year to prevent him from getting behind the times, and half the sum would support a good society. The idea is, to show that a gardener can afford to become a member of a society. He thinks five dollars a year none to much for either trading gardeners or the public We do not think either of them prepared for this yet; but in so far as "Brooklyn* would have gardeners intelligent and self-reliant, we go with him heartily; and this would seem to be his main purpose. We would give the intelligent gardener a position of social equality, and erect no barriers between him and the public; and in this " Brooklyn" will no doubt agree with us. The gardener,at present, is his own worst enemy.
Why will he not see this? "Brooklyn," in conclusion, does not " think it advisable to do any thing in the matter of a Botanical Garden until the ' mission' of the Society in other ways is in process of fulfilment," in which we agree with him.
In a letter just received from an active officer of the Brooklyn Society, he says, in reference to the failure of societies, "Their failure seems to me to arise from not giving their members and the public such information as they require" Again: " It seems to me there are thousands in our cities and towns who, like myself, have a small place and a real love for such things, and it is to such societies we should look for information; such a society should be an ' Exchange* where all such knowledge could be obtained. If they were such, I don't believe we should see such accounts published of them. I hope this question will be continued, and all our Societies aroused and carry out the objects they were designed for.*
We shall recur to .this subject again, in the hope that some good may result from it. In the meantime, we commend these suggestions to the consideration of all Horticultural Societies.
The regular semi-annual exhibition of the Brooklyn Society was held at the Academy of Music on Wednesday and Thursday, June 18 and 19. The parquette of the Academy was floored over, and afforded ample space for the exhibition and the public. For the first time, too, those who wished it could be seated at their leisure, with a commanding view of nearly every thing in the room. The auditorium of the Academy is by far the best place the Society has yet had for a public exhibition. We hope they may be fortunate enough to secure it hereafter. The leading features of the Exhibition were Strawberries and Roses. The samples of Strawberries were numerous, and some of them large and beautiful. The largest berries of Triomphe de Gand were exhibited by Mr. Fuller; and they were very fine. Large and handsome Seedling Strawberries were shown by Mr. Fuller, Burgess, and others. The chairman of the Judges remarked that a very fine and beautiful berry exhibited as a seedling was thought to be Triomphe de Gand grown in the shade, which gave it a more brilliant color, and it was there fore passed by. We will remark, in passing, that the berry referred to is one of our own seedlings, raised ten years ago.
It is a highly polished, brilliant scarlet, conical in shape, except when very large, has pure white flesh, and is pistillate; in all which respects it differs from Triomphe de Grand. We, and those who have eaten both, esteem it a better fruit; it was certainly much the prettiest looking berry in the room. We would suggest to Horticultural Societies, that they award no prizes to seedling Strawberries and similar fruits till after they have been exhibited two years, and examined on the ground. There are some desirable points in a Strawberry that can not be ascertained in any other way. Under the operation of such a rule, we think both Mr. Fuller's and Mr. Burgess's Seedlings would have taken the prize over the one that received it It is all wrong to tie up the judges in the examination of Seedling fruit; they should have the widest freedom.
In the way of pot-plants, the usual good display was made; and the remark will hold good of cut flowers, especially of- Roses, The only novelties, not before exhibited before the Society, was the Lilium gigantrum, a large and noble plant from Mr. Cadness; and Wistaria magnifica, very fine, from Mr. Meehan, of Philadelphia. The show of Grapes was not as large as it should have been at this season of the year. The following is a list of the prizes awarded:
Best Miscellaneous Collection of Green or Hot-house Plants, Mrs. John Humphries. Beat single specimen Plant in Bloom, G. A. Messenberg. Best 4 do Gloxinias, Philip Zeh, gardener to A. A. Low, Esq. Best 6 Fuchsias in variety, G. A. Messenberg. Best 3 Fuchsias in variety, G. A. Messenberg. Best 2 Orchids, Isaac Buchanan.
Best Miscellaneous Collection, G. A. Messenberg.
Second best, W. H. Cavanach.
Best Collection of Roses, Dailledouze & Zeller.
Second best, P. Brunner, Orange, N. J.
Best 12 Hybrid Perpetuals, A. G. Burgess, East New York.
Second best, P. Brunner.
Best 12 Moss and other Annual Roses, P. Brunner.
Second best, A. G. Burgess.
Best 12 Tea, Bourbon, and Noisette Roses, Dailledouze & Zeller.
Best 6 Roses in Variety, P. Brunner.
Best 6 Herbaceous Poeonies in Variety, James Weir.
Best Miscellaneous Basket of Flowers, Philip Zeh. Best Formal Table or Parlor Bouquet, James Weir. Beat Miscellaneous Bouquet, James Weir.