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 June .exhibition of the Cleveland Horticltural Society, which took place on Thursday and Friday, the 16th and 17th, was a success in the fullest sense of the word. The late frosts and heavy rains destroyed, or at best injured, much fruit and many flowers; still the show of both was excellent, and gave good evidence of the taste and skill of our amateurs and professional men. Beaumont & Co.'s exhibition of greenhouse plants was superb; it covered entirely one . of the very large tables with a blaze of beauty. Many of the specimens were rare, and all were choice. Both this, and their fine collection of fuchsias and verbenas took first prizes. B. H. Bohmer had a small but very good collection of plants; Pollard a good show of pelargoniums; and Whitworth had also greenhouse plants, but not entered for competition. His verbenas took the second premium, and his floral design the first. H. B. Hurlbut had also a collection of greenhouse plants not entered.
Cut flowers were fine, although the heavy rain of the previous day had destroyed a great many, and hindered amateurs from competing for the premiums on verbenas; the flowers of all plants of this kind, out doors, being spoiled.
Roses were many, and good; Joseph Perkins, Esq., taking the first premium for the best and largest collection; nearly all his plants having been obtained directly from France. Lord Raglan was the finest. La Fontaine, Caroline do Sansal, Hermanee, Lion des Combats, Alice Leroy, M'rae Hector Jaquin, Lavacca, Princess Ainelie, Louisa Odier, Sydonia and M'me de Lamoricier were very fine. Mrs. Kirkpatrick took the first premium on twelve dissimilar blooms. This lady, also, exhibited some very fine phloxes, M'me Carl Wagner being the best. This is the best phlox we ever saw. Mrs. Styles had a good collection of unnamed roses, that were well grown. Mrs. Shelly's baskets of flowers exhibited good taste and skill; Mrs. S.'s flowers are always fine.
Bouquets were "thick as blackberries," and many of them of first quality. Mrs. Pease, daughter of Prof. Kirtland, had two.
For this season of the year the show of fruit was all that could be desired. Strawberries and cherries were abundant, and of the finest sorts. Dr. Edward Taylor, President of the Society, P. Sells, whose twenty acres of strawberries we noticed a few weeks ago, and others exhibited. Many of the new varieties were exhibited under common cultivation in this city for the first time. Wilson's Albany Seedling was deemed the best, everything considered. Cherries, notwithstanding it was rather too early, were plentiful and fine. Mr. Charles Pease was the largest exhibitor, and took the first premium. These cherries were from the old trees of his father-in-law, Prof. Kirtland, and included many of the choice sorts originated by him. Mr. P. had also on exhibition a number of very superior seedlings to which the committee awarded a premium.
In vegetables, the show as usual, at all suck exhibitions, was not large; but Mr. E. S. Willard's pie-plant, etc., would be hard to beat; and Joseph Perkins' onions and cucumbers were of first quality. A. Stone, Jr., had some very fine new potatoes.
To the officers and members of this Society must be awarded all praise for their efforts to encourage horticulture; but to the ladies, who so nobly seconded their endeavors, and aided so materially in decorating the Hall, must be ascribed all due honor; without them, nothing could have been done, and the visitors and members alike bear witness to this. The Hall was finely wreathed with evergreens in festoons, and everything in good taste. All seemed delighted. The attendance both evenings was large, and sufficient to meet every expectation of the officers. Premiums were awarded. - Ohio Farmer.