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.
We are indebted to Mr. Miller, the energetic Corresponding Secretary of this Society, for an account of its last exhibition, from which we condense as follows. In view of the times, it was deemed best to avoid expense as much as possible, and the exhibition was consequently held in the Society's meeting rooms, and was "really a charming display - not too much, The rooms were handsomely decorated with evergreens and very fine plants of Fuchsias, some of which were eight feet high, and most symmetrical, showing fine cultivation. None have ever been exhibited that surpassed those of Mr. John Humphreys." Mr. Burgess, of East New York, exhibited sixty-five varieties of Sweet Williams, which are said to have been very fine. He also exhibited a fine collection of Roses, two of which were seedlings of merit. Messrs. Dailledouze and Zeller usually make fine displays of cut flowers, but on the present occasion they are said to have had the best collection of Roses and Carnations ever exhibited before the Society.' Mr. Barnes, in his fine collection, had a superb new Pelargonium, name not given. Mr. John Friend exhibited a good collection of cut flowers. The President made a good show of miscellaneous plants.
Mr. Hamlyn exhibited fine Ericas. Mr. Weir made a good show of Bouquets and Baskets. The only fruit consisted of a large and fine bunch of Black Hamburgh and Muscat of Alexandria Grapes, from Mr. Chorlton. Mr-Williamson, artist, sent in some very good oil sketches of fruits and flowers.
No premiums were awarded on this occasion, and it was thus shown that a good exhibition can be got up without this stimulus; still the absence of a number who have heretofore exhibited shows that the premium is not without its influence.
On the second of July the Society held the first of a series of meetings for conversational purposes. The audience on the occasion was composed partly, and very appropriately, of ladies. On the table were a collection of Strawberries from Mr. Fuller, seedling Carnations, etc, from Messrs. Dailledouze and Zeller, Fuchsias, Dahlias, and Bouquets from Mr. Humphreys, Fox Gloves and Sweet Williams from Mr. Burgess, a collection of flowers from Mr. Barnes, and very fine Gooseberries from Mr. Miller. After some introductory remarks by the President, Mr. Fuller described some of the leading Strawberries and their culture, in which he recommended the removal of all runners. He gave a prominent place, to the Triomphe de Gand and Bartlett. He also recommended the ladies to try and raise seedlings. There, Mr. Fuller, that will do. Of course they'll try ; they always do try.
Mr. Brophy made some very appropriate remarks on the beauty and influence of flowers. Mr. Pardee discoursed in familiar style on the benefits and advantages of such meetings to members and others, and of their coming together and fully giving their experience in the plainest English, so that all may understand.
This was mostly a preliminary meeting, but from the spirit which prevailed we conclude that these conversational meetings are now fully inaugurated, and trust they will go on, and be abundantly fruitful in good results, which can not fail to be the case if the members are true to themselves and the good cause. These meetings will present a fine opportunity for interesting the public in the work and success of the Society, and they should therefore be widely published. At the public exhibitions they can see what has been done; and at these meetings they can learn how to do it, and this is just what is wanted to make the public feel an interest in the Society's permanent success; to make them feel,. indeed, that it is as much their society as the gardener's.
We are indebted to Mr. Hamlyn, gardener to W. C. Langley, Esq., Bay Ridge, for very beautiful specimens of the Stanwick Nectarine, and also a new white variety which we do not know. The latter has a beautiful white waxy skin, but is not equal to the Stanwick. The Stanwick is large and handsome, sometimes with a red cheek, is juicy, sweet, fine flavored, and quite equal to its high reputation. We are greatly pleased with it.