The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 1882. Our Horticultural Society.
TOWN EDITION [lssued at 4.30 p.m. j
The Ashburtonj Horticultural Society is now in the third year of its exister ce, and although its members are, csnsidering its age, tolerably numerc us, yet their number might with advant ige be increased. The objects; aimed at by the’ Society the encouragement of hcrti-
cijltural tastes and the dissemination of horticultural knoweledge—are certainly worthy objects, and deserve td be more widely supported by the public than they are at present. Still tile Society is making headway, a though its funds, owing to the comp natively small number of its members, a' e necessarily limited. It has, how e er, never been in debt, and has at tl e present time a credit balance at the b ink. To Mr S. E. Poyntz belongs the honor of giving the Ashburton I [orticiiltural Society a local habitation aid a name. In the month of January, 1379, the latter gentleman summoned a meeting of persons interested in the natter to consider the advisability of e itablishing such a Society here. The tl :sult of that meeting was not altog ;ther encouraging, for in response to Mr Poyntz’s invitation only three persms put in an appearance. However, t ie next meeting was better attended, and sotne sixty or seventy names were added to the : list of members. The frst show under the auspices of the Society was held in our Town Hall ii the month of March, 1880, and e veryone agreed that the affair was a j reat success. The show of last year \ of course, an improvement on its predecessor, for by this time the Society had become better known and (stablished. The next show will be 1 icld in the ensuing March, and so faras can be gathered there is every prospect of its eclipsing both the former shows. The Society now numbers eightv members, including many men of large practical experience, and also many amateur gardeners. It has held a icgular monthly, sitting since its formaI ion besides a good many special meetings. At each of the monthly meetings a paper on some interesting topic connected with flower, or fruit culture, or iiome kindred subject has been read, and it is the intention of the Society :;o soon as its funds will admit, to have published, and issued in oamphlet form. The yearly subscrip--1 ion is half-a-guinea, which entitles the holder to all the privileges of membership. A large number of prizes consisting of fruit, flowers, pot plants, etc., ire to be distributed at the next show, jind the members will each receive two extra admission tickets, and will thus secure three chances of winning a •irize. It should be remembered that he members enjoy the privilege of exhibiting at the show free of charge, : vhereas outside exhibitors are charged me shilling for each entry. The Society is certainly a deserving one, md we trust that during the present year it will meet with a larger measure of support than it has hitherto.