From a letter to one of our correspondents from Jno. Edgerton, of Coal Creek, Iowa, a man deeply interested in fruit-growing, we learn that the interest in tree planting is quite enthusiastic. He says: " One of my neighbors has bought trees and will plant 10,000 in spring; he has 170 acres, and as soon as possible will plant it all in orchards. Many others will plant 1,000 trees each, and as apples readily sell for one dollar to one fifty per bushel, their ideas are correspondingly elevated." Of cherries he says:" Many regard the English Morello as superior to Early May or Richmond; both are grown on Morello and Mahaleb - the latter being preferred because it does not sprout." The Mahaleb should be planted deep, so as to have all of the stock beneath the surface.

Fruit-Growing In Iowa #1

At the late County Fair the Committee on Fruit did not report (for want of time, we suppose), but below will be found their interesting report:

The Committee on Fruit, in presenting their report to the society, would congratulate its members upon the lair show of fruit upon our tables; the prospect of an abundant home supply at an early day appears very good.


The number of exhibitors of Apples, the standard fruit of this latitude, is seventeen, and the number of varieties presented by them is sixty-five. Among them we find a number of the most valuable and leading varieties, presented, too, by several of the exhibitors, who report that the trees grow and bear well with them.

Indeed, we are satisfied from our examination and experience, that the apple is well adapted to the climate and soil of Central Iowa, and that with us the same varieties exceed in size and flavor those grown in the Eastern States.

Your committee are of opinion that Mr. Cattell has presented the greatest variety of " standard" and popular Apples, and Mr. Hiram Gilbert the second best.

No provision is made for a second premium; but your committee have determined to make no recommendation for the "best variety of fruits," as no one exhibitor presented a majority of the fruits on your catalogue; and instead of the amount assigned under that head, to recommend that it be divided between Mr. H. Gilbert, as above, and Mr. Alexander Jackson, for the best specimen of Plums, a very fine sample of Coe's Golden Drop.

The following persons exhibited specimens of Apples, the first seven but little inferior to the two already named: Thomas Morford, G. W. Kincaid, Wm. Chambers, Sen., Joseph Williams, Jacob Long, Phillip Wagoner, of Louisa county; T. S. Parvin, Humphrey, Burdett, John Zeigler, Samuel Gilbert, P. D. Humphrey, of Cedar county; W. H. Miller, John Sherfey, Amos Lilli-bbidge, and Chester Weed. The latter had the greatest variety, but they were not presented for premiums.


Of Quinces, the next on the list, there were three exhibitors, Messrs. Zeigler, Ogilvie, and Parvin, the varieties being the Apple and Pear-shaped. The committee are of opinion that Mr. Parvin had the " best specimen." These are the first, your committee believe, raised in this county.


Dr. Weed, the only exhibitor of this fruit, presented four varieties, all winter Pears. Several of our citizens have raised varieties of the summer Pear, but could not, or did not, preserve them for this occasion.


Messrs. Samuel Gilbert, Humphrey, Burdett, Sinnett, Miller, Ogilvie, and Drury, presented specimens of Peaches. Those of Messrs. Gilbert, Ogilvie, and Sinnett, were very fine, but, in the opinion of your committee, Mr. Gilbert's were the best specimens.

It being so late in the season, the number of exhibitors and varieties of this excellent fruit are much less than they would have been at an early day. During a residence of fifteen years in this.


Mrs. Ogilvie and T. S. Parvin exhibited specimens of the Catawba and Isabella varieties; bunches large sized, and berries well formed.

Grape culture is becoming an object of great interest in the west; and from the experience of a part of your committee, we believe they do as well, or better, on the bluffs of the Mississippi than on those of the Ohio. Dr. Weed and J. J. Huber have each raised a considerable quantity of this fine fruit, but have none upon our tables.

Award Of Premiums

Best specimen of apples, James Cattell; second best, Hiram Gilbert. Best specimen of quinces, T. S. Parvin. Best specimen of pears, Dr. James Weed. Best specimen of peaches, Samuel Gilbert Best specimen of grapes, (Catawba), Mrs. A. Ogilvie. Best specimen of grapes (Isabella), T. S. Parvin. Best specimen of plums, Alexander Jackson. - Muscatine (Iowa) Journal.

Fruit-Growing In Iowa #2

From a report made by W. W. Beebee, secretary of the State Horticultural Society Of Iowa, to the Legislature, with a view to obtain aid and assistance in favor of fruitgrowing, we extract the following!

"The great questions, whether our noble Iowa will ever become a fruit-growing State; and whether and when its broad and beautiful prairie slopes will be lined and theif summits crowned with artificial groves of timber; and whether our home grounds shall be tastefully ornamented and thereby made choice and attractive, are prominent among the momentous questions that our Society was organized to solve.

* * * And among the essays and statements that have come to hand, as prompt responses to the Secretary's recent call, none have tended so greatly to deepen our convictions of the vital importance which the above questions assume, as those that bear upon the bad reputation for fruit and timber growing which our State sus tains among the would-be emigrants from the Eastern portions of our Union. In these essays, the causes for our hitherto fruitless failures will be found most correctly portrayed; while the true road to success is pointed out with so great distinctness that "he who runneth can read it." No necessity now exists for more experi-menting losses, or any further waste of precious time. Orchards and grounds for all the hardier fruits can now be planted with an encouraging certainty of good returns.

"In the most northwestern county of our State, and still farther to the northward in Wisconsin, we have recently seen orchards composed of the hardy sorts of home-grown trees, that were fully equal in healthful appearance and productiveness to those growing in those Eastern States always highly reputed for their fruit - producing capacities. Indeed, the farther north that success is attained, the richer, longer keeping, and more choice are the fruits, and the attending triumphs are pro-portionately complete and cheering.'*