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 this year, which took place yesterday, was not so extensive as we have seen it on previous occasions. Nevertheless, the various horticultural products which were shown were, in quality, fully equal to any thing we have Been in past seasons. The most striking part of the collection was the Fuchsias, which occupied one end of the room, and were not only very handsome, but in great variety. Near them came several handsome descriptions of green-house plants, and some stove plants, sent by John Torrance, such as have never before been exhibited in Montreal Some of the varieties of these tropical exotics were remarkably delicate. Among the better known descriptions of flowers, the Roses occupied the first place; they were in great numbers and variety. Mr. Cooper's seedlings, though they did not come within the rules for a prize, merited especial remark. The Roses of Messrs. Cockburn & Brown were also well worth notice. These gentlemen had sent something like one hundred and fifty blooms, of all varieties and colors, Nor were their herbaceous plants (which, like the Roses, were merely exhibited, and not intended to compete) at all an unimportant part of the exhibition.
Among them, that showy plant, the Phlox, was well represented; and we observed in the specimens three new varieties, which have been named A. J. Downing, Henry Corse, and James Cooper, These have never flowered till this year. The herbaceous plants of Mr. Turner were also very much and justly admired, as were Mr. Hugal's Geraniums, though they did not take a prize on account of some technical rules.
Among the vegetables we saw fine new potatoes, cabbages, peas, and cucumbers. The best of these were certainly Mr. Quinn's potatoes; but not having been grown in the open air, they were not eligible for a prize. We should be doing great injustice if we passed over the splendid collection of strawberries shown by Messrs. Cockburn and Brown, Turner, and Archbold. We doubt if any English garden could show finer varieties, or specimens of the varieties shown.
A novel feature was some wild flowers sent by Mr. Faris from SoreL One of these was the Pitcher plant, or Saracenia purpurea, whose grotesqne form, and constant supply of water in its cells are traditional; the Kaldnia latifolio, and the Cypripedium alceolus. - Montreal Herald.