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.
The doors of the Court House were thrown open to the members of the Horticultural Society Of the Valley of Lake Champlain, and to the public, at 2 o'clock, Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 5. and we hazard nothing in saying that one of the finest exhibitions of the fruits and flowers, (more particularly the former) that were ever made north of New Jersey, greeted the admiring eyes of the numerous visitors. The surprise and gratification, on witnessing so superb a display of the beneficence of our soil, under careful and intelligent cultivation, were strong and universal. - more especially as but imperfect notice to the Horticulturists of our Valley of the intended exhibition had been given, and very many were wholly unapprised of the intention that he never saw so excellent a display of fruit at any one of them, both as respects quality, and variety, as was on the tables of our own youthful society, yesterday and to-day.
And this is but the beginning of the end. The Valley of Lake Champlain can do vastly better. It can produce apples, pears, grapes, quinces, etc, etc, and the wide range of garden esculents, that need shun no comparison with those of any other portion of the globe. - and produce them in boundless profusion. And it will. It is manifest that the untiring and creditable zeal of numerous intelligent and spirited gentlemen (and ladies, too) on each shore of our lake, is working out successfully a most profitable problem, to wit: the advantage of the scientific cultivation of fruit in the Valley of Lake Chaniplaiu, and the congeniality of the soil and climate for such cultivation They have pretty much succeeded in the solution, and with what effect, the future annual exhibitions of their society will unmistakably demonstrate. We bid them (rod speed! " They are in their duty; be out of it who may."
We have neither time nor space to go into any particulars in reference to this very hand-some display. There was scarcely a specimen of fruits or flowers, or of the products of the garden, in the Court Honse, that would not have attracted notice in any fair in the country. Where excellence was so universal, it is more than difficult to specify. We cannot omit, however, to mention the very beautiful boquels sent in by Mrs. Abel Houghton of St. Albans, as elegant and tasteful in their arrangement as they were choice and rare in their species, nor the superb floral contributions of Mrs. John H. Peck of our own village which attracted very great admiration.
Our friends over the Lake, Messrs. Ballsy, of Plattsburgh, Battey and Keese, of Keese-ville, Everest, of Peru, Hubbell, of Champlain. Barber, of Beekmantown, contributed largely to the interest and value of the exhibition, as also did our next door neighbors Messrs. Curtis. Host and Palmer of St. Albans, Hunt ana Langdon of New Haven, Albert Chapman, of Middlebury, Penniman and Read, of Colchester, La noon, of S. Hero, Wells, of Underbill, Hewes, of Georgian-while our own townsmen. President Wheeler, Prof. Torrey, Messrs. Goodrich, Pomeroy, Smalley, H. P. Hickok, Dr. Hatch,Pierce, R. G. Cole, Haswell, Tucker, N. Parker, and others, most creditably represented BurThe Secretory Dr. W. C. Hickok, requests us to invite all living in Champlain Valley to contribute to the winter exhibition. - Burlington Free Press.- Staten Island (N. Y.) Horticultural Society.- The Third and last exhibition for this season took place on Saturday the 27th ult., and was attended by most of our fashionable residents. The judges were Mr. Reid, Mr. Boll (not Mr. Ball, the indefatigable Secretary of the Society), and Mr. Tryon the well known Florist of New-York. Mr. Thorburn not only sent a superb collection of his rarest Dahlias, but attended personally to aid, with his good advice, in the management.
Mr. Dunlap presented a beautiful basket of flowers, and Mr. Boll and Mr. Reid very elegant bouquets. The display of flowers was perfectly dazzling, and pronounced superior to the Show which has lately taken place at Jersey City. Mr. Greene's "Gardener's Basket," was the most graceful thing we have ever seen, the same design, we believe, with which he took the silver cup last year at the Fair of the American Institute. Mr. Carleton made a fine display, and received many prizes. Mr. Aspinwall's floral design (an immense pyramid) contained many rare and beautiful specimens, and attracted much attention. Mr.W. H. Townsend exhibited many, fine plants, and a beautiful collection of tuberoses that loaded the air with their delicious perfume. Mr. Nesmith exhibited some rare fruits and flowers, but not for competition. Mr. Ball again carried off the first prize for the amateur's basket, which was one of the most beautiful things on the table, quite new In design, and the flowers in excellent condition. Mrs. A. Field's basket evinced great taste in arrangement, and contained some beautiful specimens; and Mr. Dunning exhibited some of the rarest roses known in this country. The fruits were magnificent.
Mr. Olmstead, of South Side, had a superb collection of pears from his rare trees, many of which he imported only last year, and are now in full bearing; we think he should have exhibited them together; being separated, many were not aware of the extent of his collection, which embraced upwards of twenty varieties of the choicest kinds; on this occasion we would gladly have offered our services to the committee of taste. The hot house grapes of Mr. Greene exceeded all we have seen, and reflect the greatest credit on his gardener, Mr. Chorlton; whatever Mr. Greene exhibits is always of the highest order. The vegetables were in abundance, and remarkably fine; a mammoth pumpkin from Col. Barret was certainly the greatest curiosity present, measuring some seven feet in circumference. The managers have every reason to be proud of this crowning effort to their exertions, while the subscribers and the public should feel much indebted to Mr. Nesmith, Mr. Griffith, Mr. Dun-ing, and Mr. Ball, for establishing a Society which must prove of the greatest benefit to the