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Dr. Herman Wendell presented to the society, a Treatise on Gardening and Fruits, published London, 1718; also, Downing's Fruit and Fruit Trees, and Johnson's Dictionary of Modern Gardening. Thanks of society tendered to donor.-B. W. JOHNSON, Secretary.
Exhibition of the 24th July.—The second exhibition of the society was held at the Court House, in Troy, on the 24th July.
The committee on fruit report, that there were exhibited by Henry Vail, of Hill Top, Mount Ida, Troy, seven varieties of gooseberries, viz: Woodward's White, Smith Hepburn's Green Prolific, Winman's Green, Ocean, Massy's Heart of Oak, White Hardy, and Red Spine ; four varieties of raspberries, viz: Franconia, New Red Antwerp, Old Red Antwerp, White Antwerp; four varieties of currants, viz: Champagne, Red Dutch, New White Dutch, and Black English ; Madeleine or Citron des Carmes pears ; Sweet Bough apples.
Dr. Herman Wendell, Albany, (not entered for competition,) three varieties of cherries, viz: Wendell’s Motiled Bigarreau, Transparent Guigne, and Black Morello ; four varieties of currants : Red Dutch, White Dutch, Champagne Pink, and English Black ; two varieties of gooseberries, viz: Roaring Lion, and White Smith ; ripe tart Bough apples. Wm. Newcomb, Pittstown, three varieties of gooseberries, and two of currants. S. E. Warren, Troy, twelve varieties of gooseberries, viz: Lord Crewe, Fox Hunter, Queen Caroline, Eagle, White Smith, Sulphur, Husbandman, Sir Sidney, Eliza, Ashton Seedling, Overall, Roaring Lion ; four varieties of currants : English Black, Red Dutch, Champagne, White Dutch ; Red Antwerp raspberries
A. Walsh, Lansingburgh, Crimson, Yellow, and White gooseberries ; Black and Red currants. Nathan G. Warren, Troy, four varieties of currants : Black English, Red Dutch, Champagne, and White Dutch; two varieties of raspberries : Red and White Antwerp. V. P. Down, Greenbush, White Smith gooseberries ; Improved Red Antwerp, and White Antwerp raspberries. James Wilson, Albany, four varieties of currants, viz : May's Victoria, Knight's Sweet, White Grape, and Red Dutch ; May's Giant raspberries, and two plates of different varieties of gooseberries, not named.
Joel Rathbone, Kenwood, Albany county, five varieties of gooseberries, not named ; one variety Red Antwerp raspberries. E. P. Prentice, Mount Hope, Albany county, ripe Early Harvest apples. John V. Fassett, Troy, White Smith gooseberries. John W. Haydock, Greenbush, near Troy, White Grape currants. Amos Briggs, Schaghticoke, Rens. county, White and Red Dutch currants.
Premiums awarded as follows: Currants.-Ist, to J. W. Haydock, White Grape, $2; 2d, James Wilson, Knight's Sweet, $1. Gooseberries.- 1st, S. E. Warren, Lord Crewe, $2 ; 2d, Henry Vail, Green Walnut, $1. Raspberries.--Ist, Henry Vail, Franconia, $2; 2d, V. P. Down, Improved Red Antwerp, $1.-Herman Wendell, Chairman.
Greenhouse PlantS AND Flowers. The committee on greenhouse plants and flowers report, that Louis Menand, Watervliet, is entitled to first
premium $2, on greenhouse plants, and that he exhibited the greatest variety of greenhouse plants. Mrs. Day 0. Kellogg, Troy, exhibited a beautiful Ardisia Philadelphia. Dr. Herman Wendell exhibited sixteen varieties of phloxes, viz: Auguste, Madam Renard, Fleur de Marie, Noi Polkii, Grato, Anais Chauviere, Picta, Lawrencia, Van Houttei, Tendre Emelie, Princesse Marianne, Alcarda, Suaveolens, Lilach, Superbissima, Grandissima. Nova; also, roses and dahlias, and the following twelve varieties of new and beautiful verbenas, viz: Dove Eye, Rosy Cluster, Suzette, Roseum, Monk's Purple, Buist's New Blue, Feast's White, Bicolor grandiflora, Majestica, Polk, Eclipse, and Caroline.
Wm. Newcomb exhibited thirty named varieties of Dahlias, and thirtysix unnamed do. in bouquets, and a large variety unnamed; one round bou quet, with a large variety of choice fowers; one flat do ; a large collection of annual flowers, and biennial and perennial.
James Wilson, Albany, thirty-six choice varieties of Dahlias not named. Wm Buswell, Troy, three varieties of Dahlias.
The Chairman of the Committee retired, and the residue of the Committee report that they recommend a premium of $2 to Wm. Newcomb for a very large and best variety of Dahlias named and unnamed; also a premium of $1 for beautiful flat bouquet of cut flowers. He also exhibited the greatest variety of annual, biennial, and perennial flowers.
Stephen E. Warren, of Troy, exhibited a beautiful floral ornament, tastefully arranged.-Wm. Newcomb, Chairman.
FLORAL ORNAMENTS.- The Committee have been much gratified with the fine display of Floral Ornaments at this, the second exhibition of the Society. Fifteen vase bouquets were offered for competition. The first premium was awarded to Mrs. D. Thomas Vail, of Hill Top, Troy. The Chairman retired, being interested, when Amos Briggs of Schaghticoke was appointed Chairman. To Joel Rathbone, of Albany, the second premium was awarded. To Dr. Herman Wendell, of Albany, the first premium for best pair of hand bouquets, one of which contained twelve varieties of Verbenas.. Wm Newcomb, of Pittstown, offered for exhibition three designs, mostly composed of Dahlias, of which there were seventy-six varieties. Mr. Newcomb is entitled to much credit for the interest he has taken in the culture of flowers.
The Committee think Mrs. Charles H. Merritt deserves at least the thanks of the Society for five vase bouquets, containing many fine balsams most tastefully arranged.
James Wilson, of Albany, exhibited a bouquet of mixed rockets, very showy. E. P. Prentice, of Mount Hope, many beautiful flowers. Allen Clarke, of Lansingburgh, a large collection of flowers, among which the Abutilon meekly raised its head, one of Nature's gems, raised on Flora's fairy ground.-S. E. WARREN, Chairman.
VEGETABLES.-Premiums awarded :
Beets.—Twelve earliest and best blood, E. P. Prentice, $2. String Beans.—Dr. Herman Wendell, $1. Cucumbers.-V. P. Down, best.
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brace, $2. Six fine Roman Cucumbers, do., special premium, $1. Squashes.—Joel Rathbone, $2. Tomatoes.- Best six, V. P. Down, $2. Second do., E. P. Prentice, $1.
DiscreTIONARY.—The Committee recommend, as worthy of special notice and commendation :
Some very fine onions by Wm. Newcomb. Superior mountain June potatoes, John H. Willard. Winter squash, James Montgomery, Troy. Choice celery, by the President, Joel Rathbone. Very fine onions, E. P. Prentice. Oxheart Cabbage, V. P. Down. Seedling cherries, very fine flavored, Dr. Herman Wendell. Very large mountain June potatoes, rhubarb, beets, onions, by Isaac Lovejoy. Alexander Walsh, a variety of vegetables, fruits, flowers, garden 100ts, &c., tastefully arranged, altracted much notice. A premium for collection awarded of $2.-HENRY VAIL, Chairman.— Yours, B. P. Johnson, Secretary.
Seeds of Grasses.—I send a few more seeds of the grass which I once sent you as the Muskeet, but Mr. Camak was misinformed about it. It is not the Muskeet of the South-western prairies, but has been cultivated for some years in southern gardens under the name of South American Velvet Grass. It proves hardy here, and a tuft or two of it tastefully placed in a flower bed, highly ornamental, especially when contrasting its whitish spikes with its dark green leaves. These leaves are exceedingly soft to the touch. — Yours, M. A. W., Athens, Ga., July, 1847.
Cincinnati Horticultural Society. Among the many Reports of Exhibitions which have been kindly sent us by our correspondents, but which we are not able to publish from their length, is one of the Cincinnati Horticultural Society. Our correspondent writes as follows:
“Our spring exhibition went off very well, as you will see by the enclosed report. Your old Seedling Strawberry continues to maintain its high character and popularity. I noticed they were selling in market yesterday, (June 4), at 15 cents per quart, while the Hudson and other kinds sold at 7 to 10 cents. The sale of all kinds now averages 200 bushels per day in our different markets! It would amuse you to hear the German hucksters recommending “ Ho-vey's Shtrawberries; firscht-rate.”— Yours, J. B. R., Cincinnati, June 5, 1847.
As Cincinnati is considered the great market of the Union for the Strawberry, certainly in quantity, if not in quality, we make room for the following account of the exhibition of strawberries, as it will tend to show what varieties are principally cultivated, where some writers still insist that the old Hudson, so called, is the best : Mr. Carter has shown what the fertile soil of Kentucky will do when accompanied with proper treatment. We shall send him the first number of our Fruits of America, to show that we highly appreciate his skill in the cultivation of the Strawberry
“ A. H. Ernst exhibited 12 different kinds of Strawberries, 25 elegant Bouquets, with a liberal supply of Evergreens, &c.
From Mrs. W. P. Resor, Hovey's Seedling Strawberry, with a profusion of elegant cut flowers and Bouquets.
From S. S. JACKSON, several baskets of cut flowers, superb bouquets,
Hovey's Strawberries, &c.; besides 14 neat bouquets from his sons, Masters John and Isaac.
Dr. Mosher exhibited a dish of Hovey's Strawberries, several Bouquets, and a pot of the famous Muskeet grass, the seed of which was brought by him from the prairies of Western Texas, considered there one of the most nutritious grasses.
S. M Carter, of Kentucky, sent over handsome specimens of Hovey's Strawberries, and a plant of the same (potted,) which contained 50 berries, 30 of them being ripe."'--Cin. Gaz.
Horticultural Erhilnlions of the Anerican Agricultural Association.–At the meetings held on the 19th of May and the 23d of June last, premiums were awarded to the following persons :
EXHIBITION ON MAY 19TH. To Mr. James Hogg, for the best set of bridal bouquets. To Mr. John Quinn, gardener to N. J. Becar, Esq., for the best six pelar
goniums, best six calceolarias, and the best seedling greenhouse plant (a
camellia). To Mr. Isaac Buchanan, florist, for the best six roses in pots, the best six
fuchsias, and the best three cactuses. To Messrs. Ball and Hawser, florists, for the second best seedling green
house plants (azaleas). To - Cummings, Esq., Williamsburgh, for the best twelve pansies. To Mr. Richard Brewster, gardener to J. F. Penniman, Esq., a discretion
ary premium for pelargoniums. To Mr. Wm. Russell, florist, discretionary premiums for seedling pelargo
niums, cinerarias, and hardy azaleas. To Mr. J. Woods, gardener to P. Perit, Esq., a discretionary premium for
well grown greenhouse plants. To Mr. Dummett, gardener to Halsey, Esq., Astoria, for the best
strawberries, and the best peas. To Mrs. Henry Parish, a discretionary premium for very fine lemons. To Mr. Routh, gardener to J. C. Beekman, Esq., for the best potatoes, the
best two heads of cauliflowers, the best brace of cucumbers, and a dis
cretionary premium for rhubarb. To Mr. John Briell, for the best six stalks of rhubarb, and the best three
heads of lettuce. To Mr. F'. Hayward, gardener to Arehibald Russell, Esq., Esopus, for the
best blanched Sea Kale. To John White, gardener to R. K. Delafield, Esq., for the best mush
To Mr James Dooriss, gardener to J. J. Jones, Esq., a discretionary premium for cucumbers.
EXHIBITION ON Jone 230. To Mr. G. C. Thorborn, for the best pair of parlor bouquets, and the best
pair of hand bouquets. To Mr. Charles More, for the second best pair of parlor bouquets.
To Mr. Joseph Monk, for the second best pair of hand bouquets, and for
the best display of climbing roses. To Mr. George Saul, gardener to Shepherd Knapp, Esq., for the best bas
ket of flowers, and for the best bush beans. To Mr. Kennedy, gardener to S. T. Jones, Esq., for the second best bas.
ket of flowers. To D. W. Coit, Esq , Norwich, Conn., for the best strawberries. To Mr. Wm. R. Prince, for the second best strawberries, the largest col
lection of strawberries, and for the best twenty hardy roses. To Mr. H. Van Horn, for the best Morello cherries. To Wm. Armstrong, gardener to H. Delafield, Esq., for the best goose
berries. To Mr Dummelt, gardener to Halsey, Esq., for the best apricots, for
the best turnips, and a discretionary premium for melons, (one weighing
9 lbs. 13 oz.) To Mrs. W. C. II. Waddell, a discretionary premium for lemons. To Mr. Charles Doran, gardener to E. Holbrook, Esq., for the best six
fuchsias, for the best display of greenhouse plants, and a discretionary
premium for a fine display of roses. To Mr. John Quinn, gardener to N. J. Becar, Esq., for the best ten per
petual roses. To Messrs. Parsons & Co., for the second best perpetual roses. To Mr. Wm. Russell, florist, a discretjonary premium for a beautiful dis
play of seedling climbing roses. To Messrs. Phelan & Sons, florists, a discretionary premium for a fine dis
play of roses. To Mr. J. B. Mantel, a discretionary premium for a fine display of roses. To Messrs. Ball & Hawser, for a fine display of seedling roses. To Mr. Cluvis Le Roy, gardener to Dr. Stevens, for the best cauliflowers. To Mr. McNamara, gardener to Pillot, Esq., for the second best cau
liflowers, and for the best artichokes. *To Mr. John Buill, for the best early cabbage and for the best lettuce. To Mr. Joseph Cudlipp, for the best beets. 'To Mr. Routh, gardener 10 J. C. Beekman, Esq., for the best peas and for
the best potatoes. By order of the Executive Committee : James Hora, Sec. pro tem.
[We regret that, in the above report, the names of the flowers and fruits, which obtained the premiums, are not given. It is of very little interest to know who, but it is very important to know what, takes the premium. We trust, in future reports, the Society will see that the names of the successful flowers and fruits have the names given.-Ed.]
The Nineteenth Annual Exhibition of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society will be held at the Society's Hall, on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, September 22, 23, and 24.-Ed.