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.
Undismayed by the times, the Brooklyn Society has determined to hold its annual exhibition. The list of prizes is a very liberal one, embracing the usual collections,. and deserves, and will no doubt receive, the attention of gardeners and amateurs. We hope the friends of the Society, and the public generally, will on this occasion come forward and give it a generous support
The semi-monthly conversational meeting of this Society came off at the appointed time. The attendance was very good, and the presence of a number of ladies gave an additional interest to the occasion. The members bring with them plants and cut flowers, and half an hour or so is spent in their examination; and thus between the flowers and the discussions the evening is pleasantly passed. We attended the last meeting, and conclude, from what we saw and heard, that these meetings have become a permanent and most valuable feature in the Society's proceedings. The show of flowers was very good. Mr. Bridgeman, of New York, had a stand of remarkably fine Gladioli, consisting of seventy-five varieties, presenting a striking evidence of the great improvement recently made in this beautiful flower. Mr. Humphreys, of Brooklyn, made a good display of pot plants such as Dracaenas, Caladiums, Begonias, Ferns, etc., all in fine order. Messrs. Dailledouze & Zeller made a show of very fine cut Roses and Japan Lilies. Mr. Burgess exhibited Phloxes, Antirrhinums, Gladioli, and the sweet-scented and almost ever-blooming Daphne cneorum. Mr. Barnes, of Williamsburgh, showed fine Double Hollyhocks, Phloxes, dec.
Mr. Fuller had a few very choice Gladioli. Mrs. Henderson presented a very neat and prettily made wreath, and the flowers for once seemed delighted that they could go into public without being put in a strait jacket. Mr. Weir placed on the table some fine Japan Lilies and Gladioli, and also Lilium Wallichiana, of the purest white, in the style of longiflorum, but larger, and very fragrant. The remarks made by the speakers we copy from the Eagle.
"At eight o'clock the meeting was opened by the President, J. H. Degrauw, Esq. After a few remarks he requested Mr. R. G. Pardee, of N. Y., to preside.
"Mr. Pardee said that he had just returned from the country, and was very fatigued, but he could not miss such an exhibition, and was sure that many from New York would be there did they only know of it. He was really glad to see the Brooklyn Horticultural Society take such a stand, and particularly in such times. He said the Gladioli were the finest he had seen, and from these the ladies could see what a delightful field they had open for the display of their flori-cultural taste. Raise seedlings and hybridize, and so get new varieties, even to surpass the splendid flowers before them.
"Mr. Brophy made some interesting remarks on the Pansy, or Violet, or Johnny Jumper, and urged the gardeners and amateurs to grow it from cuttings, instead of by seed. He gave the general standard of what was considered a perfect flower, in size, form, texture, and color.
"Mr. A. S. Fuller, of Myrtle Avenue, spoke of Gladioli, and gave an account of their mode of propagation and culture, and how they had been so greatly im-proved during the last few years; they can be raised from seed, but the bulb is the ordinary way. Take them up in the fall as soon as the foliage dies away, and keep them perfectly warm and dry until spring.
"Mr. Peter B. Mead, editor of the Horticulturist, of New York, was present, and spoke, first, of the gardeners telling their customers, when they bought a plant, how they should take care of it, propagate it, and all about it, and particularly, when they came to these meetings, to tell all they know. He spoke of a new method of striking rose cuttings: Take a pan or saucer, fill two-thirds with sand, and then fill up with water; prepare the cutting in the ordinary way, cutting under a bud or an eye, and place it in this sand, and it will root in a much less time and with less failures than any other way. Also of the proper way of arranging bouquets, so that each flower can be distinctly seen; and commended the one exhibited by Mrs. Henderson. He spoke of the improvement that had been made in the Hollyhock, from the single to the full double, and the way they are planted at Mr. Kelly's place at Rhinebeck, N. Y., viz.: a large bed is planted with Hollyhocks and Dahlias alternately; the Hollyhocks bloom and are past as the Dahlias begin and continue till frost. The effect of this is very fine, and such as every one can produce on his own place.
This was what was wanted in these meetings - plain, practical information, that all can avail themselves of; and if any one produces a new idea, give it freely, and some one may improve on it. He hoped the ladies would take a more active part in these meetings; if they did not like to ask questions, write them out, and the chairman could read them; in this way a vast deal of knowledge would be diffused and made available.
"Mr. Mead's remarks were listened to with great attention, and it is to be hoped the members will carry out his suggestions, and it will soon place the Society at the head of any in the country.
"Mr. Sidell followed in a few remarks, urging the gardeners to take more interest in the meetings and exhibitions, and for all to do what they could individually to carry out the suggestions that had been offered.
"After a vote of thanks to Mr. Mead and Mr. Pardee for their remarks, etc., the meeting adjourned to two weeks from last night, when they will take up the subject of Bulbs and Bulbous Plants, culture, etc. notice of which will be given in the Eagle".