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.
This flourishing community held their third and last general meeting on the 17th, 16th, and 19th of September, when upwards of $520 were distributed in prizes.
To any person acquainted with horticulture, and who has closely observed the improvement in culture which has been successively presented here, and likewise instilled into the surrounding neighborhood, the encouraging and judicious action of this Society is readily seen. Some of the wealthy and most influential men in the locality, have, from the commencement, assisted, not only by their money and personal attention during the exhibitions, but by unremitted exertions in obtaining the needful funds from, and patronizing attendance of, their numerous friends. This same body has also considered that the more practical members were the best suited for carrying out the general arrangements; consequently, this part has been almost entirely under the control of the latter. Owing to such a policy all has most unprecedentedly prospered hitherto, and as the same support is, and likely will continue to be guaranteed, we would advise the Committee of Arrangements to be careful that no discrepancies occur, on their part, to mar so noble an institution.
Considering the lateness in the season, the plants and flowers were very numerous and finely grown, J. E. Rauch, of Brooklyn, to whom was awarded the first premium for "collection," had many novelties amongst his well arranged stand of over 150 kinds. L. Menand, of Albany, had also an extensive assortment of fine and rare quality, amongst which were some most beautiful ferns and lycopods, many of them natives, He also won the first for six plants, with admirably grown specimens, and the premium single plant, with Erica transparens, four feet in diameter, and five feet high, well bloomed. Who will say, after this, that heaths cannot be grown in America? Other flowers and plants worthy of notice, were seedlings of Lilium lancifolium, white and spotted, by J, B. Mantel, of Astoria, remarkable for the immense number of flowers on a stem. If this character should hold permanent, they will he a groat acquisition, but we are inclined to think it is nothing more than present exuberant growth. The lovely Swan Flower (Cyenoches ventricosa), by Mrs. Hoi brook, of Eighteenth Street, New York. A fine specimen of ixora javanica, by Alexander Gordon, gardener to - Hoit, Esq,, of Astoria. Sequoia pignutea, alias Washingtonia, alias Wellingtonia (the Big Tree of California), was in two collections, about one foot high.
A stand of seedling Dahlias, by Mr. Burgess, of Glencove, Long Island, all good; one, a very dark maroon, possessed all the perfection of the most stringent rules of the florist. An ornamental design, by H, A. Graef and Sons, of Brooklyn, representing a series of cornucopojias, filled with flowers and fruit, A noble Cissus discolor, by Martin Collopy, gardener to - Prentice, Esq,, Brooklyn. Bouquets, baskets of flowers, etc, were numerous and well arranged, the handsomest on the table being a basket of wild flowers, by Henry Tanner. Fruit was abundant, and mostly of good quality. The first collection of apples was shown by your correspondent, Dr. J. M. Ward, of Newark, New Jersey; he had also a good variety of fine pears. D J. Mannice, Esq,, of Bnshville, Long Island, took the premium for the greatest number of pears with 163 varieties i these, however, were only middling quality. The smaller lots of pears were exceedingly fine, particularly the first six, by Alexander Gordon, and best twelve by Thos. Duncan, gardener to - Wolsey, Esq. Grapes, both foreign and native, were good and plenty; Thos. Duncan had the best six, and Wm. Grant, gardener to Vandeventer, Astoria, the best three varieties.
Henry Hudson, gardener to P. Griffin, Esq,, Brooklyn, showed Black Hamburg and Frankenthal (?) well ripened out of doors. There was also what was understood to he a native seedling, called Rebecca, from Mr. W. Broeksbank, of the Prospect Hill Nursery, which in flavor is equal to a Frontignan, entirely free from the usual hard pulp, the foxy smell nearly extinct, and answers to the following description a Bunch rather small, without shoulders; berries numerous, close set, medium size, roundish oval, whitish amber green, sweet and rich. If a few leaves had accompanied the bunches exhibited, there would have been a better chance of determining as to its origin; but, if it really be as represented, quite hardy, and ten days earlier than Isabella, it ought to be in every garden*
Taken collectively, the exhibition was very good, and the over-crowded rooms showed that so rich a treat was duly appreciated. W. C.