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The. Danedin Horticultural Society's spring show was opened in the Agricultural Hall this afternoon. It was predicted by some that such a building would prove altogether too largo for the requirements of the show, but we are pleased to be able to state that these gloomy forebodings are not at all borne out by the reality. The Agricultural Hall, as a matter of fact, is neither too large nor too small for the show, and it is doubtful if ever the public in Dunedin have had an opportunity of seeing the flowers, etc., at these popular exhibitions to better or even as good advantage as on the present occasion. The Committee are to be complimented on the excellent manner of their arrangements. The tables are nicely situated, and ample space lias been left between each for the large attendance that is expected to move about without inconvenience to themselves or chance of harm to the exhibits. Owing to the dryness of the winter bulbs this season are late, and consequently there are not near so many varieties shown as might have been expected. Notwithstanding this, however, all the best and leading varieties are well forward and in splendid show form. Of course, the feature of the show—its mainstay, in fact—lies in the daffodils. It i 3 to these that our remark about the lateness of the season refers chiefly, but there is a great show of them, many of the blooms being splendid. The exhibition, however, is by no means confined to this class of flower, there boing many fine samples of outside and inside plu.t*. " The entries of pot-grown plants, in flower, are not very numerous, but what there are of them are of exceptionally good quality. Particular mention should be made of Mr Glendining's two azalias, the white one especially being worthy of note. The same exhibitor also shows two ve/y fine orchids of the dendrobium species. The plants which took first prizes exhibited by Messrs Howden and MoncritfT (rhododendrons), C. B. Rainton (cineraries), R. L. Macdonald, S. Cousins, and Mrs Morgan (freesias), W. Wills (hyacinths) are all remarkably good specimens) the freesias and hyacinths being especially good. In ferns Messrs P. G. Stewart and H. Whinam again have the competition to themselves, and are phced first and second respectively for twelve varieties of ferns, whilst Mr Whinam takes first prize for six varieties of native ferns. Mr Pu die, who is well-known as a fern exhibitor, has a very attractive table for show purposes only. As is indicated above the cut flowers make an excellent show. Almost all classes are represented, and in some there was keen compaction. The tab!e3 ou which they are arranged have a very gay appearance, and in contrast with the darker foliage of many of the other plants around about them, set tb.3 hall off in a pietu-eique manner. In the hyacinths open class there were five entries, Mr MoritzWs tikiDg first place, with that j of Mr S. Wood second. In the amateur class thera are six entries, Mr F. D Kemplen taking first, and Mr James Dick second. Amongst these flowers, especially Mr Moriizson's, there are some really fine blooms. Anemones are few in point of number, but are fairly good in quality. Mr Hitchcock and Mrs J. Sinclair Thomson are the only exhibitors, and take first prize in each of their classes. Messrs Pryor and Sons have a welcome addition to this class of plant for exhibition only. In the polyanthus clasncs Mr Glendioirg had almost a lone hand, audsecured twofirsts with some really good specimens. Mr Marshall's exhibit of eighteen vatieties of narcissi, and also his exhibit of twelve varieties, were very deservedly awarded firsts. The same exhibitor was also awarded a first prize for his very fine collection of not less than twenty varieties of narcissi bloom?. Mrs F. D. Kemplen was the only competitor for six polyanthus narcissi, and secured first prize. There were only two competitors in the open clas3 for six Marechal Noil roses. J. P. Glover an- 1 . Miss M. White were awarded first and second prize respectively, each exhibit beins well up to show form. The collection of cut flowers is very good. Iu the open class there are three entries, the prizes falling in to Messrs A. Hart, W. Hitchcock, aodP.C. Neill, whilst in the amateur clas3 Mrs Kemplen takes first and Mrs J. Sinclair Thomson second honors. Bouquets are well represented, Mrs A. Smiih taking first prize in the open classes for wired, unwired, and bridal. In the amateur class Miss N. Driver carried off first prize for hand wired bouquets against six other competitors. There are five entries for the class for decorated tables, each of which reveuh marked artistic taste. The judge?, after careful compirieons, awarded the first prizi to Misi H. M. Driver, Mrs 3. Sinclair Thomson being placed second, and Miss A. A. Bathgate third. Two ladies' bicycles, prettily decorated, are exhibited, Miss F. Bathgate being awarded first prize. In addition to those above referred to there are several tables of blooms and pot plants which are Bhown for exhibition only, and are a welcome addition to an excellent display. Prominent amongst these is Mr A. Wilson's table of daffodils, containing seventy-six choice varieties. This number would have been much larger but for the lateness of the season. _ Mr Wilson is well known as a horticulturist, and the nature of hia exhibit on the preaent occasion shows what care he has exercised ingetting his aolleotion together. Messrs Howden and Moncrieff have two fine stands, one of narcissi blooms and the other of table and flowering plants. Mr George Matthews is to the fore with a fine collection of native plants. Perhaps the most noticeable exhibit of the Bhow is that which is arranged as the centrepiece of the hall. This i 3 ft collection of Japanese bamboos very artistically arranged and surrounded by plants of phormium ttnax (flax), whilst around the roots moss has been freely distributed, giving the whole a very taking appearance. The exhibit is that of "Mrs George M'Lean, and is one of the most noticeable and picturesque in the show. Amongst the other special exhibits well worthy of mention are those of M r Pickup, of Waikouaiti (thirty-eight varieties of narcissi), Mrs A. Smith, Mrs Robb (cactus), Mr W. Hitchcock (white hyacinths), Mr Kemplen, and Mr P. G. Stewart (hanging baskets of lachenalia), and F. Baker, of Canterbury (na'Cssi blooms). Throughout the afternoon the hall was visited by a number of persone. The show will remain open throughout the evening, and as it is one of a very high order of merit and is worthy of liberal patronage there will doubtless be a very large attend, ance. The Garrison Pand will be presei t and p'ay selections. The refreshment room is under efficient control.

The following is the PRIZE LIST. POT-tiiiowN Plants i.n Flower and Named. Stove or greenhouse plants (open). Oneentiy. —R. Glendining (H. Clarke, gardener) 1. Rhododendrons (open). One entry.—Ho wdcn and Moncrieff 1. Specimen plant. Two entrie3.-R. Glendining ; Cinerarias (amateur). Four entries.—C. B. Rainton 1 and 2, John Wardell 3. Polyanthus, gold-laced (open). Two entries.— R. S. Macdonald 1 and 2. Orchid (open). One entry.—R. Glendining 1. Pots or pans freesias (open). One entry.—S. Cou3tns 1. Pots or pans freesias (amateur). One entry.— Mrs Morgan 1. Cyclamen (amateur). One entry.—John Wardell 1. Four jChinese primroses, varieties (amateur). One entry.—Arthur May]. Three hyacinths (amateur). Three entries.— William Wills land 2, R. S. Macdonald D. Foliage Plants (orow.v in pots). Twelve ferns other than stove, varieties (amateur). Two entries.—P. G. Stewart J, Harry Whinam 2. Six native ferns, varieties (amateur). One entry.—Harry Whinam 1. Cut Flowers. Six hyacinths (open). Five entries. —A. Moritzson 1, S. Woods 2. Six hyacinths (amateur). Six entries.—Mrs F. D. Kemplen 1, James Dick 2. Twelve anemones, not less than six varieties (open). One entry.—W. Hitchcock 1. Six anemones (amateur). One entry.— Mrs J. Sinclair Thomson 1. Six hardy primulas (amateur\ Three entries. —Arthur May 1, Miss Freeman (Uurnside) 2. Twelve polyanthus, fancy, not less than six varieties, trusses or branches. One entry.—R. Glendining 1. Six polyanthus, gold-laced (open) Two entries. —R. Glendining 1, K. S. Macdonald 2. Eighteen narcissi, three of each, in varieties (open). Two entries.—A. Marshall 1. ; Twelve do (open). Two entries.—A. Marshall 1, P. C. Neill 2. Myers's antiseptic tooth wash; • strongly recommended oleanslnj artificial palates, keeping teeth good oolorj; prloe 2a, all chemists once used will be appreciated.—[Advt.J

Six do, three of each, Varieties. Pour entries.— Mrs F. D. Kemplen 1. Six polyanthus narcissi (amateur). One entry. —Mrs F. D. Kemplen 1. Six Marechal Nicl roses (open). Two entries.— J. R. Glover 1, Miss M. White 2. Collection narcissi, not le3s than twenty varieties (open). One entry.—A. Marshall 1. Collection of cut flowers (open). Three entries. -A. Hart 1, W. Hitchcock 2, P. C. Neill 3.Amateur do: Two entries.—Mrs F. D. Kemplen I, Mrs J. Sinclair Thomson 2. Kpergne of flowers (open). One entry.—Mrs A. Smith I.—Amateur: One entry.—Miss L. Durston 1. Bouquet, hand, wired (open). Three entries. — Mrs A. Smith 1, Miss A. M'lntyre 2.—Amateur: Seven entries.—Miss N. Driver 1, Miss Amy Youug 2 and 3. Bouquet, hand, unwired (opeu). Three entries. —Mr3 A. Smith 1, William Hitchcock, 2.—Amateur : Two entries.—Miss Amy Young 1. Bridal bouquet (open). Three entries.—Mrs A. Smith 1, Miss Ada Reid 2, Miss A. M'lntyre 3. Table decoration (amateur). Five entries.—Miss 11. M. Driver 1, Mrs J. Sinclair Thomson 2, Miss A. A. Bathgate 3, Miss S. K. Webster h.c. Decorated lady's bicycle (amateur). Two entries.—Miss F. Bathgate 1, Mrs Fraucis Forrester 2. SPECIAL FRIZES. J. Edmond and Co. (21s), six stove or greenhouse plants (open).— R. Glendining. P. Hayman and Co. (10s (id), twelve ferns, other thau stove (amateur).—P. G. Stewart. Thomson, Bridger, and Co. (21s), eighteen narcissi (open).—A. Marshall. J. Coombs (21s), collection narcissi, not less than twenty varieties (open).—A. Marshall. Nimmo and Blair (7s Gil), collection of cut flowers (amateur).—Mrs F. D. Kemplen. A friend (pair F..P. flowerpots), bridal bouquet (open).—Mrs A. Smith. Mrs Joachim (425), table decoration Cft x 4ft; J. Sinclair Thomson (second prize, 21s). -Amateur: Miss H. M. Driver I, Mrs J. Sinclair Thomson 2. Mrs Edgar (10s (id), collection cut blooms, bulbous, or tuberous plants (open).—A. Marshall 1. Anglo Cycle Company (21s), most tastefullydecorated lady's bicycle (for ladies only; amateur). —Miss F. Bathgate.

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SPRING FLOWER SHOW., Issue 10426, 22 September 1897

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SPRING FLOWER SHOW. Issue 10426, 22 September 1897

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