THE past season, with us, was one of the best for this excellent small fruit, and I pro-pose here to give the result of my experience with the following named varieties:

Green Prolific

All large - medium in time of fruiting- - excellent. Enormous bearer; pale red. Foliage large, rank, and foot-stalks hold the fruit up firmly from the ground. With me, all that any one could desire for a home fruit; but for transportation it is too soft. I prefer it to any other that I have ever tried thoroughly.

Charles Downing

These also are all very large, beautiful red, of a dark, fiery, crimson color; fine bearer; firm enough for distant market; flavor very excellent. Every garden should have it. It is a native of Kentucky, having been propagated by that prince of strawberry propagators, Mr. J. S. Downer, of Fairview, Todd county, Kentucky.


This is a new seedling, also from Mr. Downer. It has not yet been much disseminated, having been sent out only this season; but its great merits, chief among which is its being very late, yielding the bulk of its crop when all others are gone, will soon spread it far and near. On twenty-five spring set plants, which I received direct from Mr. Downer, I gathered several pints of very superior fruit, and from them I potted over 500 in two inch pots, and have from the original twenty-five, a matted plat, containing many hundreds. In color, shape, and habit of growth, it much resembles the Charles Downing; but is a better berry, and more desirable, which is saying a " great deal".


Early, medium size, excellent. " Mrs. Woodman " would eat no other as long as it lasted. Resembles the Green Prolific in color ; but its tendency to produce so many runners renders it troublesome to one who cultivates strawberries as I do - only in stools and matted rows.


Another seedling by the gentleman for whom it is named - early, very productive, and good quality. It gave us our first mess of berries, making the stools red all over with large, fine fruit, May 18th.

Wilson's Albany

Any article written on strawberries, which did not say a good word for this variety, would exhibit either a lack of good taste, or betray a woeful ignorance of the most remarkable strawberry ever propagated in this or any other country. Very large; enormously prolific; medium and early, both; firmer than any known variety, except, perhaps, Jucunda; and equally as firm as that variety. Wherever anything else will - so will it. In every soil, every climate, it astonishes all who see it. Grown in stools, two feet apart each way; on my grounds this spring, a plat of 640 stools yielded, on an average, a quart to the stool - in all, 160 gallons. I never saw a plat, however, so finely cultivated. Not a single runner or weed was ever permitted to grow; the ground was constantly kept loose the season of planting, and mulched all over in winter with wheat straw two inches deep, which was removed from the crowns only early in spring. Not a particle of manure was added. Other varieties, similarly treated, did not bear half such a crop.

Many persons condemn this kind because it is, as they say, too acid; but I think it an excellent berry, and its other good qualities place it the king of the strawberry kingdom.

Other Varieties

Space will not allow me to say much in detail of many other excellent kinds worthy of all praise - such as "Hooker," "Peak's Emperor," "Triomphe de Gand," "Russell," "Fillmore," "Lennig's White," etc. Nor, indeed, is it necessary to dwell upon the merits of fruit so well and so favorably tested as these. By all means, if you have none planted, do so next spring, selecting a few of the above named kinds, and with a little labor your reward is sure and valuable.

Stanford, Ky. Woodman.