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.
"While some Societies, organized for the promotion of Horticulture, are struggling with public apathy, others are springing into existence under auspicious circumstances, with an energy and enthusiasm which should ensure success. Brooklyn, the city of Churches, is just the location for a flourishing Society, to refine still more the already civilized elements of society in that pleasant city. Such a Society has been organized.
We attended one of its meetings at the Athenaeum on Thursday, February 16th, which, though an adjourned business meeting, was well attended by amateurs, gardeners, florists, and others. A selection of choice Camellias, Cinerarias and cut flowers, of green-house plants, was displayed on the table.
Mr. H. A. Graeff had several new varieties of the Camellia imported lately, among others the Duchesse des Cases, Margaret Guillon, Jussieu, Bassa Chevalier Lafontiana, Santiniana speciosa.
Mr. J as. Weir, Yellow Bayridge, L. L, had a basket of choice cut flowers, one of which was a seedling raised by him. It is somewhat in the style of imbricata (Dunlaps), but sufficiently distinet, and worthy of further notice. He had also blooms of Princess Bacchiochi, a very small flower compared with some specimens of that desirable Camellia that we have grown. With this single exception, the flowers were large and finely formed.
Mr. Pointer exhibited two seedling Cinerarias - one he has named the Pride of Brooklyn, and the other Rienzii They are both good varieties. He had cut flowers of various green-house plants.
The President, J. W. DEgrauw, called the meeting to order. The Recording Secretary, Milton Arrowsmith, Esq., read the minutes of the last meeting. The Committee on Plants and Flowers submitted a schedule of premiums to be awarded at the first semi-annual exhibition, to be held the 10th, 12th and 13th days of May next. It was moved that the report be adopted, and 1,000 copies of the schedule be printed. Passed.
A list of honorary and corresponding members was proposed. Mr. Dunham, the Treasurer, moved that R. R. Scott, of the Horticulturist, be added to the list. Mr. Scott declined the honor, and suggested that they should substitute P. Barry, the editor of that magazine. It was then proposed that P. Barry, of Rochester, editor of the Horticulturist, be added to the list of honorary members. Passed unanimously.
Among the honorary members, are Messrs. Beecher. Bethune, Vandyck, Vinton, Longfellow, Kennedy, Pise, Dwight, Spear, Van Anden, Arnold, Spooner, Heighway and Miley. Forty resident members were added to the list of the Society. Adjourned to the 23d inst.
The following are the officers for the ensuing year:
JOHN W. DEGRAUW, President HEnRy C. MuRphY, John Maxwell, HenrY A. Kent, Stephen Knowlton, and Surra J. Eastman, Vice Presidents. William 8. DunilaM, Treasurer. DElos W. BkadlE, Corresponding Secretary. Milton ARRowSmItH, Seamen Bank, corner of Wall and Water sts., Recording Secretary.
The second stated Monthly Meeting of this flourishing Society was held at the rooms, Athonssum Building, Atlantic street, on Thursday, March 9th. The display of plants and flowers was not so large or varied as at the former meeting, but was respectable for the season.
A friend kindly sends us the following account of the first general Exhibition of this promising young Society:
"I have been to-day, by invitation, as a judge of the "Brooklyn Horticultural Society." This has been their first meeting (except their monthly ones), and so far as I am able to observe, it is the beginning of a new era in this neighbourhood. Their working men seem to go into it with practical experience and matured enthusiasm. They have only been organized about ninety days, and already number over five hundred subscribers. They have got many influential and wealthy gentlemen as supporters, and who seem to be aware of the advantage of leaving the working to those of experience. The result, so far, has surpassed their most sanguine desires, and to-day's display does them credit The show of plants is more select than numerous, and there are many examples of superior skill in cultivation, particularly in specimen plants, many of which would grace the tables of a British exhibition. Those of Loud Menand, of Albany, are fine, some of the beet Ericas I have seen in this country. He also showed a noble Ixora coccinea. The show of stove and greenhouse plants were in good quality and quantity.
The Fuchsias were really fine; the Pelargoniums choice; Calceolarias numerous, and some of them good; Azaleas scanty, and but so-so, (rather too late for them); Roses not numerous; Cut Flowers the same; Boquets and other arrangements of like character choice, but not in great quantities. Mr. Ranch had a good stock, and some things very rare, among which were the gold and silver striped Anactochilus. Mr. Graeff had a very numerous show of Calceolarias, etc., which filled up a large space. Hogg, of Yorkville, had a large table, among which were Dacrydium cupressinum, Cupreeeus funebris, each six feet high, Ryneospermum jaeminoides, Ac Mr. Cumkings also exhibited some good things, but not for competition. Vegetables were scarce, particularly for the neighborhood, and there was one dish of very creditable Grapes. Taken altogether, the thing has been successful and satisfactory, and I understand that you will have, shortly, an official and more detailed account".