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.
Fine exhibitions were made by L. Menand,E. Corning. Jr., Col. J. Rathbone, though the collection did not embrace a large variety.
The display was larger than at any previous exhibition, and contributed much to the interest of the show. There were shown 81 varieties of Dahlias, by E. M. Van Alstyne, of Greenbush, who received the first premium; more than 60 varieties of dahlias, 40 of verbenas, 16 of roses, and several boquets, by James Wilson; also a good collection of dahlias, verbenas, phloxes, etc., by Wm. Newcomb, of Pittstown. Col. J. Rathbone exhibited 42 varieties of dahlias, a fine display of roses, and other cut flowers. Additions were made to the display by E. Corn-ing, Jr., V. P. Douw, L. Menand, and others.
A floral temple, six feet high, elaborately wrought and surmounted by the Goddess of Flowers, as well as several fine boquets, were shown by Mrs. J. T. Van Namee of Pittstown. Also a complicated floral design, beautifully wroathed and studded, and boquets, by Mrs. Emily Newcomb of Pittstown.
One of the most tasteful things on exhibition was a large pyrimidal boquet of artificial flowers, the handi-work of Mrs. E. A. Barber of Albany. The flowers were very perfect and in great variety, and were arranged with admirable taste, especially as regards the harmony and blending of colors.
Vegetables, were shown in great variety and remarkably fine specimens by several individuals. The exhibition was highly satisfaction and gave ample proof that the taste for growing fruit and flowers is becoming more general, and also that our gardeners and nurserymen arc improving in their art. The sever-al premiums awarded were generously left in the treasury of the Society to defray current expenses.