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 month of September has been an unusually gay one among both the Agriculturists and Horticulturists all over the land. Shows have been numerous and fine, and in several instances they have closed with festivals, dinners or balls, that 1 have united the sympathies of the outside public and the immediate votaries of the art very happily. New Haven, Rochester and Norfolk County, seem to have been especially fortunate in these festivals. We regret that our numerous professional engagements prevented our accepting the many kind invitations to these fairs and festivals, which have been kindly showerad down upon us and for which not the leas obliged that we were not able to accept the welcome biddings. But indeed it would have been difficult for the best intention-ed and most leisurely of guests to have done much more than sit down at one of the many tables, since our societies will persist in sending out all their cards of invitation the same week. Why should not some of them vary the matter by having their annual Exhibition in the early summer, at the cherry and strawberry season? It would be a delightful novelty at least, and we think, if well done, would have a freshness and brilliancy about it that would contrast finely with the usual rich but somewhat monotonous display of Autumn. If the Boston Society, for instance, would hold its next show under large tents in the beautiful grounds of some gentleman in the suburbs, it would be far more delightful and appropriate than this constancy to small halls in town.
Mr. Cushing, or some of his neighbors at lovely Brookline, would, we should think, be as liberal in offering the use of grounds for a day to Massachusetts, as the Duke of Devonshire is to the London Horticultural Society. Nous verrons.