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Annual Show. President—Mr E. G. Wright. Vice-Pre-sidents —Messrs John Grigg, W. C. Walker, A. Saunders, Dr J. E. Trevor. Committee — Messrs H. C. Jacobson, T. Sealey, D. Broomfield, F. Mayo, IT. Stephenson, T. R. Davison, J. Sealey, G. T. Smith, J. G. Anstee, G. Randall, H. Collins, J. Simmonds. Treasurer—Mr A. IT. Shury. Secretary—Mr S. E. Poyntz. The second annual exhibition held under the auspices of this Society took place at the Town Hall to-day, and the exhibits in nearly every class were very fine, and were of such an excellent variety as to cause no little trouble to the arranging committee in placing them. Owing to this cause the judges were delayed somewhat in commencing their duties. On entering the hall the gay appearance and exquisite perfume of the flowers combined made it a very enjoyable duty to examine the various exhibits. The flowers were to many the principal attraction, and when, may it be asked, are they not considered so ? Truly, may it be said that the love for flowers is inseparable from our very nature, existing alike in savage and in civilised society, and speaking with the same power to the poor as to the great. May we all join in saying

Receive Thanks, blessings, love, for these thy lavish boons, And, most of all, their heavenward influences, O, Thou that gav’st us flowers 1

There was a fair attendance during the afternoqji, the fine sunshine bringing out a large number of people. All appeared thoroughly satisfied with the Show, and it must be considered a very creditable one indeed for such a newlysettled district. The Committee were all most assiduous in their duties, and mention may be made of the satisfactory way in which the Hon. Secretary, Mr Poyntz, carried out his onerous duties. There will be an additional attraction this evening, owing to the services of the Ashburton Brass Band having been engaged to play selections of popular music. Owing to the lateness of tlie hour at which the judges had completed their duties, we are not able to give the prize-list in this issue, but subjoin a few remarks on the exhibits in the Fruit class, viz. : Open Class.

Mr Wright, M.H.R., of Windermere, exhibited two really magnificent bunches of grapes. They are known as Madresfield Court black Muscatel. They were for exhibition only, and were a splendid exhibitof its kind. The bunches shown by the same gentleman in another class were also fine, and secured first honor, Mr G. T. Smith gaining second prize with a very good exhibit, and was highly commended for another lot. Mr. Wright also showed some very fine white grapes, known as “ Fosters’ white seedling,” and took both first and second prizes. The peaches were of failquality, but do not call for special comment. Messrs Sealey Bros, exhibit some very fine nectarines, but were disqualified, owing to there being too many exhibited. Mr. Smith was again fortunate with a splendid lot of ripstone pippins, and took first honors. The same exhibitor was also the successful one for two other exhibits of capital apples and pears, and his dish of cobnuts was very good. Mr Smith also had a fine collection of fruit of all kinds. Amateur Class.

Mr Joseph Hunt exhibited a nice even lot of peaches of fair size and quality. Mr S. Saunders also entered four varieties ofapples for dessert, which were highly commended, also the same number of varieties of culinary apples. In the latter class, the fruit was so good that it was a difficult matter for the judges to decide which was the best. Mr Hunt had a good collection of apples, and secured first prize. Some fair quality pears were exhibited by Mr S. Saunders, and this gentleman took the two first prizes.

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ASHBURTON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 285, 5 March 1881

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ASHBURTON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 285, 5 March 1881

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