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.
Mr. Jennison, superintendent for Mr. Mace, of Newburgh, exhibited the Delaware, Concord, and Hartford Prolific, the Delaware being in great perfection. Some of the bunches weighed half a pound, and berries were measured three quarters of an inch in diameter. He also showed a cane of the Delaware, loaded with beautiful bunches. Mr. Tanner had fine Isabellas and Catawbas, thoroughly ripe. Mr. Huggins also exhibited the same. Mr. Egan, of Staten Island, exhibited Isabellas and Catawbas of very large size, but not quite ripe. Mr, Cowan showed Isabellas grown under glass. Mr. Wm. A. Woodward exhibited his Seedling, resembling the Isabella. Dr. Grant, of Iona, exhibited a seedling with a flavor resembling the Black Hamburgh. Mr. Couzens, of Dobb's Ferry, exhibited a seedling resembling the Isabella. There were several smaller lots of native grapes, the Delaware taking the lead of them all. Mr. 'Weir, of Bay Ridge, exhibited a bunch each of the Golden Hamburgh, Muscat Hamburgh, and Bowood Muscat, the last two being very much the best grapes.
We may close this list with a splendid Fruit Basket from Mr. Reddy, gardener to Mrs. Packer.
Of foreign Grapes, Mr. McMillan, of Throgg's Neck, and Mr. Cowan of Glen Cove, exhibited in the large class. In the next class were Mr. Egan of Staten Island, and Mr. Cowan of Glen Cove, besides exhibitors of smaller collections. The bunches were of good size, some of them quite large, but not all as well colored as we like to see them.
Messrs. Aubrey & Souchet, of New Jersey, had a large collection of Asters in pots. They were all good, many of them choice, and well grown. They were very much admired.
The following is a list of the awards made by the Judges:
Best 6 bunches of Grapes (foreign), James McMillan, gardener to Francis Morrie Esq*, Throggs" Neck, Weatchester county N. Y. 2d best. James Cowan, gardener to the Burton estate, Glen Cove, L. L Best 3 bunches of Grapes (foreign), James Cowan, Glen Core. L L. 2d best. John Egan, gardener to J. F. Roeck, Esq Staten Island, Best 2 bunches of White Grapes (foreign), James Cowan, Best 2 bunches of Black Grapes (.foreign), James Cowan. 2d best, John Egan. Beat 6 bunches of native Grapes, B, II. Mace, Newburgh, N, Y. Best s bunches of native Grapes, Henry Tanner, gardener to J. 3. T. Stranahan, Esq,, Bruoklyn. L. J. 2d best. Wm, Huggins, gardener to Charles Stanton, Esq., Brooklyn, L L Beat collection of native Grapes, Wm, Brocksbanak, Hudson, N. Y, 3d best, Theodore Fowler, Fishkill, N, Y. Best 12 varieties of Pears, P. T, Quinn, Newark, N. J. 2d best, Jumes Weir, Bay Ridge, L. I. Best 6 varieties of Pears, Wm. Grant, gardener to 8 D. Bradford, Esq,, Astorium, L. L. 2d best P. T. Quinn. Best 3 varieties of Pears, Henry Tanner. Best collection of Pears, Ellwnnger & Barry, Roehester, N. Y, 2d best collection, G. Marc, Astoria, L. 1. Best collection of Apples, Ellwanger & Barry, Best dish of Nectarines, Henry Tanner, Best dish of Plums, Wm. Llug-jgins. 2d best, Henry Tanner. Best 2 dishes of Peaches, Win. Huggina. 2d best, Henry Tanner, Best 12 Quinces, Wm, Huggins, Best 2 Watermelons, J, A, Perry, Esq.. Bay Ridge, L. I. Best 2 Muskmelons, J, A. Perry, Esq., Bay Ridge, L. L 2d best, Thomas Prosaer, bed ford, L, I. Best Ornamental Basket of Fruit, W, J. Reddy, gardener to Mrs, Packer, Brooklyn, L, I.
Best collection of Plants, Louie Menand, Albany, N, Y, 2d beat, Andrew Bridge-man, Broadway, N. Y. Best 4 Plants in bloom, Louis Menand. Best single specimen plants Louis Menand. 2d best, 1, Buchanan, Astoria, L, I, Best 6 Ornamental-leaved Plants, Louis Menand, 2d hast, Parsons & Co,, Flushing, L. I Best single speaimen ornamented-leaved plant, Louis Menund. 2d beat, James Weir, Bay Ride, L, I. Best 2 Orchids, L Buchanan, Astoria, L. I, Best collection of Ferns, Louis Menand, 2d best, Parsons & Co.. Flushing, L. I.
Best display of cut flowers, David Clack, 77th street and Broadway, N Y. 2d best display, Gustovus Messelberg, gardener to H M, Barnes, Esq, Brooklyn, L, I. Best display of Roses, Dailledouze & Zeller, Brooklyn, L I. Best 12 varieties of Roses, Dailledouze & Zeler. Brooklyn, L, I. 2d best, David Clark, 77th street and Broadway, N. Y. Best display of Dahlias, A. G. Burgess, East New York, L. L 2d beat display, Herre Brunner, gardener to the LIwellyn Park, Orange, N. J, Beat 12 varieties of Dahlias, Pierre Brunner, 2d best 12 varieties, C. S. Pell, Esq., N. Y. Orphan Asylum. Best 18 varieties, Pierre Brunner. 2d best, C. S. Pell. Best 6 varieties, Pierre Brunner. 2d best, C. s Pell. Best collection of Verbenas, Peter Henderson, Jersey City, N. J. Best collection of Gladiolus, Andrew Bridge-man. 2d best, G. Marc, Astoria, L I. Best parlor or table bouquet, Jas. Weir, Jr., Bay Ridge. Best pair of hand bouquets, James Mallen, florist, Brooklyn, L, I. 2d best, Andrew Bridge-man. 3d best, Isaac Cummins. Best basket of flowers, Andrew Bridgeman. 2d best, Philip Zeh, gardener to A. A. Low, Esq., Brooklyn. 3d best, Jas. Weir, Bay Ridge, L. I. Best basket of wild flowers, Jas. Weir, Jr.
Best display of Vegetables, J. A. Perry. 2d best, J. S. Barnes, Staten Island. 3d best, Thos. Prosser. For correct labeling of plants, Andrew Bridgeman.
To Jas. Weir, for new varieties of Grapes.
To A. Van Blarcom, Flatbush, L. I., for superior specimens Peach Blow and Mercer Potatoes. To B. H. Mace, Delaware and Concord Grapes, on vine. To Wm. Cockerill, gardener to B. C. Townsend, Esq., Bay Ridge, specimen of the new upright Tomato. To Peter Henderson, Jersey City, new seed ling Verbenas. To A. G. Burgess, East New York, L. I., new seedling Dahlias. To Chas. A. Cyphor, Tarrytown, N. Y., design for rustic dwelling. To Gustavus Messelberg, ornamental stand of flowers. To L. Menand, Albany, two fine specimens Banana tree - one of them in fruit To Miss Degrauw, for fine Peaches.
On Wednesday, the opening day, the weather was very stormy; but in the evening the rain ceased, and the attendance was very good. On Thursday the attendance during the day was good, and in the evening there were more people present than the room would contain, and the lobbies and gallery of the theatre were thrown open to accommodate them. In the afternoon a Conversational Meeting was held in the gallery, in which Messrs. Mapes, Mead, Fuller, and Hogg, took part. The subject was the Pear. In the evening, Dr. Trimble lectured on Insects, but was unable to finish, losing his voice in the midst of his discourse. The end of a large gallery like that was altogether an unfit place for any man to speak in, unless he had the lungs of a stentor. As far as he went the doctor was listened to very attentively. On Friday, the last day, the number of visitors was very large, and in the evening the place was crowded to excess. There were to have been lectures in the evening by Dr. Grant and Mr. Mead; but it being impossible for the Doctor to speak in the gallery to such a large assemblage, and neither the stage nor any other suitable place being at the command of the Committee, the lectures were postponed, and Mr. Mead accordingly apologized to the audience for their disappointment, and thanked them for their generous encouragement and support.
The affair passed off pleasantly, as might have been expected from people who had come together to be pleased. We may say, in conclusion, that the exhibition was the most satisfactory one that the society has yet held, which very few were prepared for in these times of civil war. We think this result is owing in no small measure to the new sphere of usefulness in which the society has lately embarked, and which, if followed up, must give it a commanding position in the future. On the present occasion we have been greatly indebted to the unceasing exertions of President Degrauw, ably assisted by Secretary Miller, as well as by Mr. Fuller, Mr. Hamlyn, and other members of the Committee of Arrangements. Let them "continue in well doing".