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.
Since the Spring Exhibition, this Society has held many very interesting meetings. Fruits of various sorts hare made their appearance, and elicited discussion. Among these, we may notice the Gooseberries, free from mildew, produced by Dr. Browse, of Lawrenceburgh, Indiana. This exemption is attributed by the cultivator to his method of summer pruning. The premium for early Pears was awarded to the indefatigable pomologist, Mr. McWilliams, who is always a prominent contributor, and who has again presented his "Yellow June" Apples, which we believe to be the true Prince's Early Harvest, though differing somewhat from the descriptions in the books, and remarkable for their very short stems, as well as for their excellence. F. C. Ives has surpassed all others in displays of Currants. W. EL Mears presented for Mr. McCormack a variety of Black Raspberry, a seedling of merit, which was commended for further trial Mr. Pinkenstein, from imported German trees, exhibited Pears, Apples, and Cherries, of varieties not recognized by the committee.
THE Susquehanna and Chemung Valley Horticultural Society held its first exhibition in Elmira on the 28th of June. All reports speak of it as having been highly successful. We hope to hear the same report from future shows. The Society embraces a tract of country which can.
At the recent annual meeting an election was held, at which the following officers were selected for the ensuing year:
A. H. Ernst, President; Wm, Resor, dvertising TerM. S. Wade, N. B. Shaler, Vice-Presidents; Jno. A. Warder, Rec. Sec; Geo. Graham, Cor. Sec; Wm. Resor, Treasurer.
M. Mc. Williams, M. S. Wade, S. M. Carter, Wm. Orange, Jno. G. Anthony.
If. B. Shaler, Jas. Hall, Robert Neale, Chas. Patton, Thos. Salter.
John P. Foote, A. Worthing-ton, Rob't. M. Moore, Geo. Graham, Henry
Jno. P. Foote, Jno. A. Warder Jno. G. Anthony.
This Association held its annual election on the first Saturday in the year, when the reports of the financial officers were rendered, and ordered to be filed.
The President made a touching valedictory, and then stated that the polls were about to be opened; appointed as tellers, M. Kelly, and J. Gilmore.
On counting the ballots, the following persons were declared duly elected:
President - Stephen Mosher.
Vice-Presidents - N. B. Shaler, W. S. Hatch, Jacob Hoffner.
Treasurer - William Stoms.
Recording and Corresponding Secretary - J. A. Warder.
Council - M. McWilliams, S. M. Carter, Jno. G. Anthony, S. S. Jackson, T. H. Yeatman, Win. Orange, M. Kelly.
The polls were then opened for the election of other officers, as directed by the constitution, on a separate ticket.
Flower Committee - William Heaver, Jno. McFadden, I. C. Ferris, S. S. Jackson, Thos. Knott.
Fruit Committee - T. V. Peticolas, William Orange, S. M. Carter, M. McWillianis, D. Mo Avoy.
Vegetable Committee - A. Worthington, Jacob Hoffner, Anthony Pfeiffer, Patrick Con-sidine, R. B. Davies.
Wine Committee - J. P. Foote, J. Brace, S. Robert, L. Rehfuss, Geo. Graham.
Financial Secretary - Henry Ives.
On Saturday, July 31, at the opening of the meeting, the President arose and announced to the Society that the telegraphic account of the loss of the steamboat Henry Clay, on the North River, contained a report of the death of A. J. Downing, Editor of the Horticulturist, the friend of horticultural science in the United States. Members expressed an earnest hope that there might be a mistake in the telegraph, even though it were hoping against hope.
Mr. Heaver moved that R. Buchanan, A. II. Ernst, and S. Mosher, be appointed a committee to draft resolutions expressive of the deep sympathy felt by our Society in the supposed loss of this eminent friend of horticulture; and in the hope that we may have been misinformed, to withhold their report to next week. A general gloom pervaded the Society, every man feeling that he had lost a friend.
At the next meeting the committee rendered the following report, which was silently adopted by the Society;
The sad intelligence of the loss of the steamer Henry Clay on the Hudson river, causing the untimely death of a great number of our friends and fellow-citizens, has been confirmed. Among the lost, we are called upon to lament the death of our distinguished and zealous fellow-laborer in the cause of horticultural science and rural taste, A. J. Downing,of Newburgh, New-York, editor of the Horticulturist, and corresponding member of this Society: therefore, Resolved, By the Cincinnati Horticultural Society, that in his death we have lost a most valuable friend and contributor to the cause in which we are engaged, and that the country has to deplore one of its most valuable promoters of refinement in rural taste.
Resolved, That we sympathize siucerely with his family and friends in the deep affliction and bereavement which it has pleased the Almighty disposer of events to visit upon them in so untimely and unexpected a manner.
Resolved, That a copy of the foregoing preamble and resolutions be forwarded to the bereaved wife and family of the deceased.
The following resolution was offered by Richard Davis, seconded by M. Kelly, at a late meeting:
It was next moved by Mr. Ives that a committee of three be appointed to carry out the spirit of the foregoing resolution. Messrs. Hatch, Kelly and Warder were appointed.
Will our friends of this society permit us to suggest more care in the printing of their official reports in the Cincinnatus, The old black letter book on gardening, reprinted at this office, is not the " New Orleans Orchard;" that city was unknown as a book-publishing town in 1626. And the flowering of the Jasminum nudi-flotum in January is not an evidence of precocity; it is a winter flower, and therefore will bloom at that season unless out off by unusual rigor.
The spring exhibition of this Society was a success. The Report was received too late for insertion. Of strawberries, as usual, there was a great show, and premiums awarded. We have a neat volume entitled " A brief History of the Cincinnati Horticultural Society, its Charter," etc.t etc., which is valuable, and will be hereafter much referred to by the descendants, etc, of the present useful and active members.
The Pittsburg Horticultural Society held a highly interesting meeting on the 7th, ,8th, and 9th of June; of which we have good accounts too late for insertion.
President, Wm. Orange; Vice-Presidents, Wm. Stone, J. P. Foot, F. G. Carey; Recording Secretary, E. J. Hooper; Corresponding Secretary, E. P. Crunch; Treasurer, Robert Clark; Librarian, T. F. Allen; Counsel, 3 years, J. H. Gerard, S. W. Haseltine, Robert Beiley.
This old-established, and once, Western Society, we notice, continues to hold its regular weekly meetings. At the meeting May 18, Mr. Williams said he had destroyed numbers of curculio on the 4th instant.
Hooper's Seedling Strawberry was exhibited by Mr. Jackson, it being a variety imported from France last autumn - flowers pistillate, fruit large, good flavor.
Evergreens, that it is desired to keep down to a certain height or to make a close, symmetrical head, should be clipped as soon as they have made their terminal buds of this season, and before the wood is well ripened.