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♦ Annual Show. The following additional report of the show was held over from our Saturday’s issue, owing to the prize list not coming to hand in time : The attendance during the afternoon was very fair, but towards evening the hall was crowded to excess. An Ashburton band enlivened the evening with a capital selection of music, and the hall was kept open until a late hour. Appended we subjoin a short account of the flowers and vegetables shown on Saturday. VEGETABLES. The show of vegetables was a very fair one, but was not so good as might have been expected had favorable weather been experienced during the past month or so. The vegetables exhibited by amateurs were certainly far superior to those shown in the open classes. The cucumbers shown in the open class by Mr Smith (gardener to J. McLean, Esq., Lagmohr), were fine and well formed, and took first prize, as well as a special prize. Mr G. T. Smith exhibited some very fine red cabbages, carrots, potatoes, and rhubarb. The two latter were very fine samples, and,

in fact, all the potatoes shown were very good indeed. In the amateur class for vegetables, all the exhibits were very fine, and were a credit to any district. The exhibitors of cabbages, carrots, potatoes, and onions, deserve great praise for the excellence of their exhibits. Two very fine vegetable marrows were shown by Mr E. G. Crisp, and took first prize. The seed from which they were grown was obtained from Tasmania, and we learn that the plants are of a most prolific kind. Mr Mayo had a fine show of rhubarb, and Mr Williams had some fine lettuces and beets exhibited, all of which secured a prize. FLOWERS. In the open class Messrs Sealey Bros exhibited six very fine stove plants, and obtained first honors. The same exhibitors showed some very fine fuschias of various kinds, also some geraniums, including the double and single kinds, which were’ very much admired. Mr. G. T.-Smith showed some very fine dracoenas, some fuschias, and double geraniums, and took first prize for the latter. Messrs Sealey Bros, had also some fine petunias and collections of verbenas, which took a prize. . Mr. Smith took first prize for the best general collection of flowers. Mr Wright exhibited four fine foliaged bigonias, and took first prize. Messrs Sealey Bros, also showed a very nice collection of ferns which were very much admired. Messrs Sealey Bros, and Mi G. T. Smith, the local florists, have to be complimented on their very creditable display of flowers, ect.

In the amateur class, Mr Hunt ex-' hibited a very fine lilly, and Mr S. E. Poyntz some bigonias, and fuschias, and pelargoniums, which deserve special mention. Mr Poyntz also exhibited some fine single petunias and geraniums. Mr Savage also. exhibited some well grown and fine geraniums and a fuschia, for both of which he secured first prizes. In the class for cut flowers, Messrs Sealey Brothers exhibited some fine dahlias and verbenas, and took first prize. The phlox, herbaceous, and Drumraondii, and the asters, shown by the same exhibitors, were much admired. Mr Smith showed some fine roses, of is different varieties, also some very fine Zinnias. The hand bouquets were fair, and Mrs Sealey obtained the first and second prizes for her exhibits. Sealey Bros, were awarded first prize for a very nice floral design. Taking into consideration the very dry season that has lately been experienced, the floral show must be considered a great success, and both the Iccal florists and amateurs may be highly commended for their very creditable show of flowers in the respective classes. Amongst the extra exhibits Mr. G. T. Smith displayed two very fine vines in pots, which were laden with grapes, and were quite a treat to see. The amount taken at the doors was Ll 4 4s. This is an increase of L 6 over last year’s receipts. The following is the prize list: —

FRUIT — Open Class. Judges— Messrs E. G Wright, John Orr, and J. Wood. Two bunches black grapes---E. G. Wright, t ; G. T. Smith, 2 Two bunches white grapes —E. G. Wright, 1 ; E. G. Wright, 2 Twelve peaches —G. T. Smith, 1 ; G. T. Smith, 2 Six apricots—Sealy Bros., highly commended Twelve apples for dessert - G. T. Smith, I Twelve do. for culinary purposes—G. T. Smith, I and 2 Best collection of apples—G. T. Smith, I Six pears— G. T. Smith, l Collection of pears—G. T. Smith,- highly commended Six plums for dessert —W. Simmonds, 1 Filbert or corb nut (best dish) —G. T. Smith, 1 Best dish of red currants -G. T. Smith, 1. Best collection of fruit—G. T. Smith, I Amateur Class.

Twelve peaches —Jos. Hunt, 1 Twelve apples for dessert—S. Saunders, 2 Twelve do, for culinary purposes -- S. Saunders, I ; Isaac Sargeant, 2 ; Mrs Thompson, highly commended ; J. Hunt, high y commended. Collection of apples—Jos. Hunt, I ; I. Sargeant, 2. Collection of pears —S. Saunders, r VEGETABLES — Amateur Class. Judges —Messrs E. G. Wright, John Orr, and J. Wood. Two cucumbers —J. S. Savage, highly commended Two cabbages, red—F. Lewis, I Three beets—Thos. Williams, I Six parsnips—G. Permain, I Six carrots—B. Smith, I ; Permain, 2 Three lettuces —Thos. Williams, I Twelve kidney potatoes —H. Kooke, I ; J. Hunt, 2 Twelve round do—J. Lemon, I and 2 Twelve onions—T. Norgan, 1 Collection of tomatoes —J. S. Savage, highly commended Six sticks rhubarb —F. Mayo, I Collection ot potatioes—J. Compton Two vegetable marrows—E. G. Crisp, I Honey in comb—Thos. Williams, x Open Class. Two cucumbers —W. Smith, gardener to J. M'Lean, Es; , 1 Two red cabbages —G. T. Smith, X Three beet—G. T. Smith, I Six parsnips—G, Elliot, gardener to E. G. Wright, Esq., I Six carrots—G. T. Smith, I Twenty-five pods peas—G. Elliott, gardener to E. G. Wright, Esq., I Twenty-five do. broad beans—G. T. Smith, 1

Twelve potatoes (kidney)—G. T. Smith, I ; G. Elliott, gardener to E. G. Wright, Esq., 2 Twelve round potatoes—W. Smith, gardener to D. M‘Lean, Esq., I Twelve onions—G. Simmonds, I ; G. T. Smith, 2 Twelve giant rocca onions —G. Simmonds, I Six sticks of rhubarb —G. T. Smith, I and 2 Collection of potatoes—Sealey Bros, X Two vegetable marrows —G. T. Smith, I CUT FLOWERS— Open Class. Judges —Messrs Lewis (Timaru), Joyce (Christchurch), and W. Smith (Lagmhor). Twelve dahlias, varieties—Sea'ey Bros., 1 ; G. T. Smith, 2 Twelve roses, varieties—G. T. Smith, I Twelve verbenas—Sealey Bios., I ; G. T. Smith, 2 Six phlox herbaceous —Sealey Bros., I ; G. T. Smith, 2 Twelve phlox Drummondii —G. T. Smith, I and 2 Twelve asters, quilled—Sealey Bros., I rrd 2

Twelve asters, not quilled—Sealey Bros., I and 2 Six double zinnocs—G. T. Smith, I and 2 ; Seale" Bros, highly commended. Best collection dianibus—Sealey Bros., I Best do. petunias —Sealey Bros., I ; G. T. Smith, 2 Best do. antirrh'niuras - Sealey Bros., X Best genetal collection—G. T. Smith, I ; Sealey Bros., 2 Amateur Class. Best hand bouquet, for competition by ladies only—Mrs Sealey, x Table do.—Sealey Bros., x Hand do.—Mis Sealey, I and 2 Floral design—Sealey Bros. I POT PLANTS— Amateur Class, One specimen plant —J. Hunt, I ; S. E. Poyntz, 2 Two begonias- S. E. Poyntz, I Three fuschias—S. E. Poyntz, x One fuschia—J. S. Savage, x ; S. E. Poyntz, 2 Show pelargonium—S. E. Poyntz, I Four geraniums--J. Savage, I Four do.—Mrs Poyntz, I and 2 Three do.—Mrs Poyntz, I and 2 One new or rote plant—Mrs Poyntz, I Three petunias, single—Mrs Poyntz, I and 2 Three do. do. —Mrs Poyntz, I Pot Plants (Open).

Six stove plants—Sealey Brothers, I ; G. T. Smith, 2 Four draconas —G. T. Smith, I Six fuschias —Sealey Brothers, I and 2 ; Smith, highly commended Three fuschias—Sealey Bros., I One fuschia—G. T. Smith, 1 ; Sealey Brothers, 2 Show pelargoniums —Sealey Brothers, I ; G. T. Smith, 2 Six geraniums, zonales- Sealey Brothers, I ; G. T. Smith, 2 Six do., variegated do. —Sealey Brothers, I ; G. T. Smith, 2 Six double do.—G. T. Smith, I and 2 Fourbigonias, fine foliage—E. G. Wright, xj G. T. Smith, 2 Six balsams—Sealy Bros., I Four petunias—G. T. Smith, I Collection of ferns—Sealy Bros., I Twelve conifers in pots —G. T. Smith, 1 ; Sealey Bros., 2 One new or rare plant—Sealy Bros., X ; G. T. Smith, 2 SPECIAL PRIZES. Best collection of gladioli, 10s 6d given by Mr. Jacobson- -Sealey Bros., 1 Best brace of cucumbers, 7s 6d given by Mr Simmonds—-Mr Smith, gardener to J. M'Lean, Esq. Best collection of auricula in pots, 7 s 6d given by Mr Broomfield—G. T. Smith , Best tri-colored geranium, 7s fid given by Mr Mayo—Sealey Bros. Best grapes —G. T. Smith, x Best six varieties of potatoes—Sealey Bros., I Four sugar beets—J. Hunt, 1 Best geranium—Sealey Bros., 1 Best eighteen tomatoes—G. T. Smith, I Heaviest pumpkin, 7s fid given by Mr Davidson—W. Byrne, I. Best two double fuschias, 7s 6d given by Mr Poyntz—Sealey Bros. Best six window plants, 2is —Sealey Bros. Best fuschia, 5s —Sealey Bros. Best collection of herbs, 7 s 6d—G. T. Smith

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ASHBURTON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 286, 7 March 1881

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