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ASHBURTON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY.

FIRST FLO WE a SHOW. For some weeks past the almost newlyformed Horticultural Society has been working hard, with the object of establishing itself on a firm and sound basis, and with a view to helping its popularity it resolved upon holding a show this month. To many who have been long residents in the township, but who have only casually looked into the vegetable kingdom in our. midst, an undertaking like a flower show in March was regarded with many misgivings. There wore few gardens, they said, and there were fewer gardeners. Floral enthusiasts wore scarce, and those that did flourish had had but scant time and opportunity to break in their young land to delicate duty of flower raising. Difficulties of every kind were conjured up and though the committee were not only hopeful but confident of making the show a success, there were many. warm supporters of the Society who were despondent over the undertaking. But the event itself when it did come off last. Saturday took everyone —hopeful friends, confident committee, and misgiving advisers of caution—with a surprise that was delightfully pleasant. Out from neighboring suburban villas, from the nurseries of Messrs. Sealy Bros, and G. T. Smith, from the plots of business men, cultivated in the cool of the mornings and evenings, before business commenced and after it had closed —a work that smoothed out the first beginning of many a wrinkle of melancholy—from the gardens of the cottagers, gradually increasing in number and growing in beauty as they grow in age ; and from the most unlikely and unpromising back yards in busy East street —came contributions from Flora’s kingdom that filled all with a gladsome astonishment, and told ns that the Society had not started too soon, bat that the townspeople have been standing in thenown light, and that a show might easily have been held long ago, to delight every soul in the town who had a mind and a soul above him to whom— A primrose by the river’s brim A yellow primrose was to him : And it was nothing more.” The show was a great success, we have said ; and was so in every way. The exhibits were numerous, numbering between 300 and 400, and every class almost in a schedule that represented 140 odd differentj opportunities for competition was fairly represented. The Town Hall was handsomely got up for the occasion with evergreens, native vegetation such as the ti-palm, the graceful toi-toi grass, numerous sheaves of ratipo flower, ana flax wreaths, garnished here and there with the not very beautiful but certainly peculiar flax sticks, with their loads, of black seed pods. Down the centre of the room ran two long benches, on which stood the pot plants and cut flowers ; round the sides wore the vegetables ; virile the stage had the honor .of holding a perfect cornucopia of fruit, and a largo collection of couifera. The extra exhibits were on tables under the gallery, and here also were to be found the flowers for exhibition.

We have scarcely space to go into extensive details of the exhibition, seeing that we give the full prize list below, but there were several articles that we can scarcely pass without special mention. We noted a large variegated Wellington!*, the exhibition of Messrs Sealy Bros., and raised by. them from the seed. We are given to understand that this specimen is the only one in Canterbury. Considering the lateness of the season, Messrs Sealy and Mr. Poyntz must be complimented on their fuschias, and the general display of pot plants was very good indeed. The Secretary in calling our attention to the dahlias shown by Messrs. Nairn and Son, made use of an expression which wc gladly repeat—“ They were a show in themselves.” We confess to being more prosaic, however, than poetical, and while wo admired the flowers, we could not help being pleased, though in a different way, with the vegetables. They were a grand show—both as regards quantity and quality—and they show what our little township is able to do, and give an earnest of what may yet be expected of her. We must notice Mr. Gordon Holmes’ cabbage —it was, as we heard it called, “a terror,” and not a few were brought up “all standing ” as they did the round of the hall and reached the huge vegetable. We would gladly continue our notice of the splendid show —it is an agreeable duty—but space forbids. Still, we must notice Mr. E. G. Wright’s grapes—black Hamburg and black Muscat—that would bear comparison with any grown anywhere ; nor must wo forget Dr. Trevor’s poaches, a dish that made us a good deal better pleased with Ashburton than we had been before. And last—not least —the ladies’ bouquets were a treat. The prize takers were Miss Saunders, Mrs. Sealy, and Miss Porter, among the ladies, while the floral designs of the gentlemen competitors were very grand. The piano was made use of at intervals during the evening by kindly volunteers—-a kindness that was much appreciated by the 400 or 500 people who at-, tended to enjoy the show. We are glad to learn to that the show financially is a success. . The following is the PRIZE LIST. ROT PLANTS —OPEN CLASS. Fuschias, one entry (6 plants, varieties) ; Ist. prize, Scaly Bros. Fuschias, one entry ; 3 plants (varieties)—lst. prize, Sealy Bros ; 2nd. prize, Sealy Bros. Fuschias, one entry ; one specimen plant—lst. prize. Scaly Bros. Geraniums, one entry (zonale) 6 plants (varieties) —Ist prize, G. T. Smith. Geraniums, one entry (zonale) ; 3 plants (varieties) —Ist prize, Sealy Bros. Geraniums, two entries ; 1 specimen plant—lst prize, Sealy Bros ; 2nd J. S. Savage. Geraniums, one entries : four double varieties: Ist prize, ‘•maly Bros. ; 2nd, Scaly Bros. Geraniums, two entries: one specimen plant: Ist prize, Scaly Bros. Geraniums, one entry; (four variegated) : Ist prize, Sealy Bros. Primula Sinensis, one entry; four plants : Ist prize, Sealy Bros. Coleus, two entries ; (two varieties) ; Ist prize, S. Poyntz ; 2nd, Sealy Bros. Cyclamen, two entries ; two plants ; Ist prize, Sealy Bros. ; 2nd, Scaly Bros. Petunias, three entries; double or single (four varieties): Ist prize, Scaly Bros. ; 2nd, G. T. Smith. Conifers, three entries ; (12 varieties) named : Ist prize, Sealy Bros. Best specimen ornamental foliage pot plant two entries : Ist prize, Sealy Bros. Best specimen (new or rare plant of any kind) two entries : Ist prize, Sealy Bros. Collection of 3 pot plants (varieties) not otherwise specified, two entries: Ist prize, Sealey Bros. ; .2nd, E. G. Wright. POT PLANTS —AMATEUR CLASS. Fuschias, three entries; (three plants) varieties : Ist prize, S. Poyntz ; 2nd, W. Davison. Fuschias, two entries ; one specimen plant: Ist prize, S. Poyntz ; 2nd, Miss Henderson. Geraniums (zonale), one entry; specimen plant : 2nd prize, J. Pilkington. Best specimen of ornamental pot plants, one entry : Ist prize, S. Poyntz. Collection of four pot plants (varieties), not otherwise specified, two entries : Ist prize, S. Poyntz. Best specimen of now or rare plant, two entries : Mr. Mitchell, highly commended. CUT FLOWERS —OPEN CLASS. Roses, two entries; G blooms—lst prize, G. T. Smith. Verbenas, four entries : 2nd prize, Sealy Bros.; H. 0. Jacobson, highly commended.

Pansies, one entry: Ist prize G. T. Smith. ; ■ : ' . Dahlias, one entry: Ist prize, Scaly Bros. Gladioli, one entry : Ist prize, Scaly Bros. Marigolds, one entry (African, orange, and lemon) : Ist prize, Sealey Bros. Bist collection Dxanthus, one entry; Ist prize Sealy Bros. Best collection petunias, four entries : Ist prize, Sealy Bros.; 2nd, G. T. Smith; H. C. Jacobson, highly commended. Best collection of antirrhinums, two entries: Ist prize, G. T. Smith; 2nd, Sealy Bros. Asters, three entries : Ist prize, Sealy Bros.; 2nd, G. T. Smith. Phlox one entry (G varieties): Ist prize, Scaly Bros. . Best collection of cut flowers, four entries (L2 varieties') ; Ist prize, G. T. Smith; 2nd, Sealy Bros.; H. C. Jacobson, highly commended. CUT FLOWERS—AMATEURS J Boses, one entry (G blooms) : No prize. Verbenas, one entry : H. 0. Jacobson, highly commended. Gladioli, two entries : Ist prize, A. 11. Shury ; 2nd, A. H. Shury. Asters, two entries : Ist prize, A. 11. Shury. Marigolds, one entry (French) A. 11. Shury. Best collection of Antirrhinums, one enbiy: H. 0. Jacobson,highly commended. Best collection of cut flowers, four entries : Ist prize, Mrs. Mitchell ; Miss Henderson, highly commended.. Best hand bouquet, three entries (for ladies only): Ist prize. Miss S. Saunders ; 2nd, Mrs. Scaly. Best hand bouquet, four entries (not to exceed G inches in diameter) ; Ist prize, G. T. Smith; 2nd, G.. T. Smith. Best table bouquet, six entries : Mrs. Sealy. Best floral design, two entries : Ist prize, Sealy Bros.; 2nd G. T. Smith. Best collection of ferns, in cultivation, two entries : Ist prize, Sealy Bros. ; 2nd, Mrs. Mitchell. Best exhibit of musk, one entry : Ist prize, H. Fooks. FRUIT (OPEN CLASS). Outdoor grapes, one entry Four bunches. Miscellaneous collection, one entry : Ist prize, G. T. Smith. Peaches, six entries (best sis) : Ist prize, J. S. Savage; 2nd, J. Simmonds. Apples, throe entries (dessert): Ist pi’ize, J. S. Savage. Apples, three entries (cooking) : Ist prize, J. Simmonds. Filbert or cob nuts, two entries : Ist prize, G. T. Smith. Special collection of fruit, one entry (by fruiterers only) : Ist prize, J. S. Savage; 2nd, J. S. Savage. Best exhibit of grapes : Ist prize, E. G. Wright. FRUIT (AMATEUR CLASS). Grapes, two entries (four bunches) : Ist prize, J. S. Savage. ‘ Peaches, five entries (four) ; Ist prize, Dr. Trevor ; 2nd, Mrs. Trevor; G. H. St. Hill, highly commended. Nectarines, one entry (four) : Ist prize, G. H. St. Hill.

Extra exhibit, seedling peaches : Ist prize, J. Ward. Best collection, six pears, one entry: Ist prize, J. S. Savage. Filberts or cob nuts, one entry: Ist prize, J. S. Savage. Extra exhibit of peaches : W. T. Davison, highly commended. Best collection apples, two entries : Ist prize, J. Hunt. VEGETABLES (OPEN - CLASS). Cucumbers, two entries (best two) : Ist prize, G. T. Smith ; 2nd, G. T. Smith. Pumpkins, three entries (two heaviest); Ist, G. H. St. Hill; 2nd, E. G. Wrigat. Vegetable marrows, five entiles : Ist prize, G. T. Smith ; 2nd, J. C. Bell. Celery, three entries : Ist prize, E. G. Wright. Cabbages, four entries : Ist prize, E. G. Wright ; 2nd, G. T. Smith. , j Cabbages, two entries (red): Ist prize, G. T. Smith ; 2nd, J. Simmonds. Carrots, eight entries: lst,E. B. Pearce; 2nd, J. Simmonds. Turnips, eight entries ; Ist prize, G. T. Smith ; 2nd, G. T. Smith. Onions, six entries : Ist prize, J. Simmonds ; 2nd, Jos. Hunt. Extra exhibit, cschalote ; Ist. prize, J. Simmonds. Parsnips, two entries : Ist prize, J. Simmonds. Lettuce, two entries : Ist prize, G. T, Smith ; 2nd, J. T. Smith. Beetroot, five entries Ist prize, J. Ward ; 2nd, J. Simmonds. Beans for table, five entries : E. G. Wright ; 2nd, G. T. Smith. Savoj-s, five entries : Ist 6. T. Smith ; 2nd, E. G. Wright. Potatoes, kidney, fourteen entries ; Ist prize, H. Rookc; 2nd, G. T. Smith. Highly commended ; J. Simmonds. Potatoes, round, sixteen entries : Ist prize, J. Simmonds; 2nd, J. M. Cambridge. Peas, twenty-five pods— four entries • first prize, E. G. Wright; 2nd, E. G. Wright. Rhubarb, six sticks, 3 entries: Ist prize, G. T. Smith ; 2nd, E. G. Wright. Best collection of vegetables, three entries : Ist prize, E- G. Wright; 2nd, G. T. Smith. Honey in comb, four entries : Ist prize, Mrs. Mulford ; 2nd, J. Simmonds. Beans, broad, twenty-five pods, two entries : Ist. prize, E. G. Wright. VEGETABLES —AMATBUK CLASS. Cucumbers, two entries: Ist prize, J. Slee. Pumpkins, two entries : Ist prize, Miss Henderson ; 2nd, Maurice Mayo. Cabbages, two entries: Ist prize, Maurice Mayo. Vegetable marrows, two entries : Ist prize, T. Williams. Tomatoes, red and yellow three entries, Ist prize, S. B. Nelson ; 2nd, H. Stephenson. Rhubarb, one entry : highly commended, P. Mayo. Celery, two heads. No prize. Carrots, eight entries : Ist prize, B. C. Smith : 2nd, Mrs. Mulford. Turnips, bunch of six, two entries : Ist prize, M. Mayo. Onions,, four entries : Ist prize, H. Rooke ; 2nd, H; W. Barratt. Onion, new giant rocca : one entry, highly commended, F. Mayo. Parsnips, three entries : Ist prize, Mrs. Mulford ; 2nd, H. W. Barratt. Beetroot, three entries : Ist prize, J. Per main. Peas, twenty-five pods : highly commended. H. C. Jacobson. Beans, fit for table, three entries : Ist prize, J. C. Bell. Savoys, five entries : Ist prize, Maurice Mayc ; 2nd, J Slee. Best collection of vegetables, two entries ; E. Ling. EXTEA PRIZES. Best collection of potatoes, 7s. 6d., given by Mr. G. T. Smith: Prize, J. Portei’. Best tri-colored geranium, 7s. 6d., given by Mr. Charlton :- No entry. Best hand bouquet, made by girls under 13 years of age, 65., given by Mr. G. J. Ansteo : Prize, Miss Porter. Best collection of apples, not less than six varieties—open to amateurs only—given by Mr. T. Sealy ; Prize, J. Simmonds. Best two double fuschias, one light and one dark, given by Mr. Poyntz : No entry. Best rose—exhibited by amateurs only —7s. Gd., given by Mr. J. Sealy. No entry. Best Swiss rose, grown in pot, ss. given by Mi’. Elston : No entry. Best grape vine, grown in pot, 55., given by Mr. Elston : Prize, Scaly Bros. Best vegetable marrow open to amateurs only—ss., given by Mr. T. Wilfiains; Prize, W, T. Davison,

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ASHBURTON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 71, 9 March 1880

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