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30 July 1881SAINT IVES HORTICULTURAL SOCIETYThe show last week, like all its predecessors, was a great success. A capital band, a good all-round competition, and an excellent display of fireworks, all combined to make the meeting most satisfactory. The number of entries in the amateur classes was 292, against 280 last year, this showing a further improvement. In the cottager's classes there were no less than 434 entries, and in both departments there was an excellent exhibition.

The competition in the open rose classes was fcarcely so good as last year, Messrs. Paul and Sons, Chshunt, had an easy first, with Messrs. Farren and Seekings looking well. Mr. H. Frettingham, of Nottingham came second with some fine specimnes. The worthy secretary succeeded in taking the first local prize, with Mr Seekings second. The inferior character of the whole rose show was due solely to the nature of the season, and not to the interest felt in the exhibition.

The cottagers' exhibits with the interest taken prove that the meeting has by no means fallen off in point of attraction. The amateurs' tent was as god as ever, notwithstanding that some amateurs expressed the opinion that those exhibitors possessing glass and the assistance of practical gardeners over-weighted the ordinary amateur, In both departments there was an excellent display, and proved the beneficial results of the competition in promoting garden cultivation of a superior character.

The contributions not for competition were as extensive and gratifying as ever. It was hard for the professional judges to have to arrange the staging, as well as the arduous task of deciding upon the respective merits, but all was done with a cordial good will, and no fault could be found with th arrangements. The judges were - Messrs. I. Smith (Papworth Hall), Cooper (Huntingdon Nurseries), Petfield (Diddington), and Tilbrook (Houghton), with Messrs. A. Fryer (Chatterist), and Ingle (Cambridge), as residuary legatees in th etask of awarding the various results.

The space occupied by the various collections not for competition was well filled, but it might just as well have been taken by an open class for gardeners, as is the case at St. Neots, and must be here next year. A proper collection of stove and greenhouse plants was the one thing needed, and as the society has an abundance of funds, and a very vigorous growth, we have no doubt this will be the arrangement next year.

The Kettering Band, after a night's rest from their Fenstanton exertions, discoursed sweet music in an admirable and satisfactory manner the programme of which we subjoin.

PART I.March ... "Hail to the Duke," ... ClarkeOverture ... "Primrose," ... BrepsantFantasia ... "La Chatelaine," ... JonesValse ... "Queen of the May," ... ScholesSelection ... "Pirates of Penzance," SullivanSolo (Coronet) ... "Zerlina," ... EttlingJ. W. Foster

PART II.March ... "Ambeise Castle," ... FisherOverture ... "Talavera," ... BattmanFantasia ... "Semiramide," ... RossiniValse ... "Tres Jolie," ... WaldtenfelSelection ... "Girofle Girofla," ... LecocqGlee ... "Chough and Crow," ... BishopFantasia "Scotch Songs," ... SeamanQuadrille "Les Cloches de Cernveille," Coote

There were two supplementary attractions - dancing and fireworks. In both there was every interest and success, and the attendance was larger than ever, so much so that the space of Alderman Goodman is scarcely large enough if the exhibition grows at the same rate. Mr Seward conducted the admirable fireworks with his usual success, and altogether it was the most successful of all its predecessors.

The labours of Messrs. Copley, Chapman and Hankin with the committee deserve every praise.

LIST OF PRIZES:

COTTAGERS:

VEGETABLES.

Class

1.-Twelve Kidney Potatoes, first 3/- John Frost, second 2/- William Thompson, third 1/- John Smith2.-Twelve Round Potatoes, first 3/- Joseph Seymour, second 2/- William Burton, third 1/- W. Richards.3.-Twelve Early Rose Potatoes, (or any red variety) first 3/- T. Garner, second 2/- A. Fear, third 1/- J. Seymour.4.-Twelve Potatoes, not less than three varieties, first 3/- S. Newman, second 2/- J. Seymour, third 1/- E. Harrison.5.-Four Stalks Rhubarb, first 2/- J. Brown, second 1/- F. West, third 6d. C. King.6.-30 pods Peas, first 3/- W. Leeds, second 2/- J. Simmons, third 1/- A. Fear, fourth 6d. T. Cooper.7.-20 pods Broad Beans, first 2/- R. Wicks, second 1/- J. Smith, third 6d. R. Culpin, jun.8.-20 pods Scarlet Runners, first 2/- J. Smith, second 1/- R. Wicks, third 6d. J. Brown.9.-20 pods French Beans, first 2/- J. Smith, second 1/- J. Everitt, third 6d. W. Howell.10.-10 Onions (spring sown) first 3/- J. Whitlock, second 2/- J. Baker, third 1/- H. Naylor.11.-10 Onions (autumn sown) first 3/- W. Saunders, second 2/- E. Harrison, third 1/- C. Royston.12.-2 Cabbages, first 2/- W. Burton, second 1/- J. Brown, third 6d. T. Cooper.13.-2 Cauliflowers, no entries.14.-10 Carrots, first 2/- J. Seymour, second 1/- E. Harrison, third 6d. F. Tabbit.15.-10 Turnips, first 2/- J. Everitt, second 1/- C. Hobbs, third 6d. H. Naylor.16.-3 Coss Lettuces, first 2/- J. Seymour, second 1/- J. Brown, third 6d. J. Frost.17.-3 Cabbage Lettuces, first 2/- J. Brown, second 1/- R. Culpin, sen., third 6d. J. Seymour.18.-Collection of Pot Herbs, first 2/- E. Harrison.19.-Basket of Vegetables, not to exceed 28in. by 21in., first 5/- E. Harrison, second 2/6 J. Seymour, third 1/- J. Brown.20.-Basket of Salad, first 3/- J. Brown, second 2/- J. Seymour, third 1/- E. Harrison.21.-2 Vegetable Marrows, first 2/- J. Reynolds, second 1/- W. Burton, third 6d. J. Everit.22.-2 Ridge Cucumbers, first 2/- J. Seymour, second 1/- T. Cooper.23.-12 Radishes, first 1/- J. Brown, second 6d. J. Seymour.24.-12 Turnip Radishes, first 1/- A. Jeffs, second 6d. W. Thompson.25.-10 Parsnips, first 2/- J. Brown, second 1/- F. Tabbitt, third 6d. T. Cooper.26.-2 Heads of Celery, first 2/- C. Hobbs, second 1/- G. Smith, third 6d. E. Harrison.

FRUIT.

27.-6 Kitchen Apples, first 2/- T. Cooper, second 1/- W. Hart, third 6d.28.-6 Dessert Apples, first 2/- T. Cooper, second 1/- J. Golding, third 6d. C. King.29.-12 Gooseberries, first 2/- S. Newman, second 1/- C. King, third 6d. T. Cooper.30.-1/2lb Gooseberries, for flavour, first 2/- A. Coulson, second 1/- D. Sneesby, third 6d. S. Chambers.31.-12 Strawberries, first 2/- C. King.32.-Dish of Red Currants, first 2/- D. Sneesby, second 1/- A. Coulson, third 6d. T. Garner.33.-Dish of White Currants, first 2/- S. Newman, second 1/- S. Holmes, third 6d. A. Coulson.34.-Dish of Black Currants, first 2/- C. King, second 1/- A. Fear, third 6d. S. Chambers.35.-Dish of Raspberries, first 2/- A. Coulson, second 1/- C. King, third 6d. T. Garner.

FLOWERS IN POTS.

36.-Mimulus or Monkey Plant, first 2/- C. Hobbs, second 1/- J. Favell, third 6d. J. Seymour.37.-2 Variegated Geraniums, first 2/- A. Fear, second 1/- S. Chambers.38.-2 Zonal Geraniums, first 2/- S. Chambers, second 1/- E. Harrison.39.-2 Pelargoniums, first 2/- C. Hobbs.40.-2 Calceolarias (yellow), first 2/- E. Harrison, second 1/- C. Hobbs.41.-2 Calceolarias (various), first 2/- S. Chambers.42.-1 Cactus, first 2/- C. Green, junr. second 1/- S. Chambers.43.-2 Fuschias (various), first 3/- E. Harrison, second 2/- Miss H. Meadows.44.-Fuschia, first 2/- J. Teller, second 1/- G. Smith, third 6d. F. W. Peacock.45.-3 Window Plants (various), first 3/- A. Jeffs, second 2/- E. Harrison, third 1/- C. Hobbs.46.-2 Balsams, first 2/- S. Chambers, second 1/- J. Seymour.47.-Hanging Plant, first 2/- E. Clarke, second 1/- S. Haynes.48.-Fern, first 1/6 S. Chambers, second 1/- C. Green.49.-Pot of Musk, first 2/- E. Harrison, second 1/- A. Jeffs, third 6d. S. Chambers.50.-Pot of Mignonette, first 2/- E. Harrison, second 1/- A. Jeffs, third 6d. S. Chambers.51.-Selection of four Plant (various), first 3/- B. S. Clarke, second 2/- A. Jeffs, third 1/- H. Nayor.52.-Best single Specimen Plant in the Show, 2/- E. Clarke.

CUT FLOWERS.

Class

53.-3 Marigolds, first 2/- C. Hobbs, second 1/- E. Clarke.54.-2 Verbenas, first 2/- A. Jeffs, second 1/- E. Harrison.55.-3 Carnations, first 2/- S. Chambers, second 1/- R. Lord.56.-3 Picotees, first 2/- S. Chambers, second 1/- S. Newman.57.-3 Stocks, first 2/- S. Newman, second 1/- E. Harrison.58.-Sweet Williams, first 2/- S. Chambers.59.-3 Phloxes, first 2/- A. Jeffs, second 1/- T. Garner.60.-3 Double Zinnias, first 2/- S. Chambers, second 1/- E. Harrison.61.-3 Single Zinnias, first 2/- S. Chambers, second 1/- J. Seymour.62.-3 Hollyhocks, first 2/- E. Harrison, second 1/- E. Harrison.63.-Nosegay of Garden Flowers, first 3/- S. Chambers, second 2/- Alfred Fear.64.-Nosegay of Wild Flowers for Girls under fifteen years, first 3/- Ruth Adams, second 2/- Ada Pryke, third 1/- S. Skelton,65.-Nosegay for Boys under fifteen years, first 3/- F. Fear, second 2/- F. Tabitt, third 1/- S. Witherow.66.-3 Cut Roses, first 3/- S. Chambers, second 2/- S. Newman, third 1/- J. Golding.67.-3 Dahlias, first 2/- E. Harrison, second 1/- S. Chambers.68.-3 Asters, no entries.69.-6 Varieties of Cut Flowers, first 3/- B. S. Clarke, second 2/- E. Harrison, third 1/- C. Hobbs.

SINGING BIRDS.

Class

70.-Canary (green), first 3/- E. Harrison, second 2/- G. Denton.71.-Canary (yellow), first 3/- E. Harrison, second 2/- C. Hobbs.72.-Canary (buff), first 3/- C. Hobbs, second 2/- E. Harrison.73.-Canary (marked), first 3/- E. Harrison, second 2/- W. Maile.74.-Bullfinch, first 2/- C. Hobbs, second 1/- R. Cowell.75.-Linnet, first 2/- J. Golding, second 1/- S. Newman.76.-Blackbird, no entries.77.-Thrush, Charles Maile, first 2/- Joseph Sargeant, second 1/-.78.-Collection of Birds (any variety), E. Harrison, first 5/-, C. Hobbs, second 2/6.79.-Best Glass of Honey, C. King, first 5/-, E. Golding, second 2/6.80.-Special Prize, (third year) Best Dish of Potatoes, given by Mr. Bailey, of Cambridge, J. Frost, 4/-.

ALLOTMENT CULTIVATION.

S. Chambers. jun., first 10/. J. Brown, second 7/6, W. Cox, third 5/-, W. Burton, fourth 2/6, W. Hight, 2/-, J. Simon, 2/-, E. Clack, 2/-, John Frost, 2/.

AMATEURS:

FRUITS.

Class

1.-6 Kitchen Apples, first 2/- Mr. Mayson, second 1/- E. M. Norris.2.-6 Dessert Apples, first 2/- Mr. Mayson, second 1/- E. M. Norris.3.-Dish of Raspberries, first 2/- E. M. Norris, second 1/- Rev. Carroll.4.-Dish of Red Currants, first 2/- E. M. Norris, second 1/- J. Knights.5.-Dish of White Currants, first 2/- T. Knights, second 1/- W. Woods.6.-Dish of Black Currants, first 2/- W. Woods, second 1/- E. M. Norris.7.-Dish of Cherries, first 2/- J. Turner, second 1/- H. Goodman.8.-12 Strawberries, first 2/- R. M. Copley.9.-12 Gooseberries, first 2/- W. Woods, second 1/- J. Turner.10.-1/2lb. Gooseberries, for flavour, first 2/- W. Woods, second 1/- E. M. Norris.

VEGETABLES.

Class

11.-12 Kidney Potatoes, first 3/- W. Woods, second 2/- Mr. Mayson.12.-12 Round Potatoes, first 3/- R. M. Copley, second 2/- S. Chambers.13.-12 Early Rose Potatoes, first 3/- R. Smith, second 2/- W. Woods.14.-20 Pods of Peas, first 2/- S. Chambers, second 1/- J. Knights.15.-20 Pods of Broad Beans, first 2/- S. Chambers, second 1/- A. Adams.16.-20 Pods of French Beans, first 2/- R. M. Copley, second 1/- J. Skeeles.17.-20 Pods of Scarlett Runners, first 2/- W. Howson, second 1/- S. Chambers.18.-10 Spring Onions, first 2/- A. Adams, second 1/- S. Chambers.19.-10 Autumn Onions, first 2/- Rev. Carroll, second 1/- S. Chambers.20.-3 Cabbage Lettuces, first 2/- T. Knights, second 1/- R. M. Copley.21.-3 Coss Lettuces, first 2/- Rev. Hoskyns, second 1/- W. Howson.22.-3 Heads of Celery (white), first 2/- R. M. Copley, second 1/- H. Goodman.23.-3 Heads of Celery (pink), first 2/- R. M. Copley, second 1/- H. Goodman.24.-2 Cucumbers, first 2/- H. Goodman, second 1/- S. Chambers.25.-1 Cucumber, first 2/- H. Goodman, second 1/- Rev. Carroll.26.-2 Cauliflowers, no entries.27.-10 Carrots, first 2/- S. Chambers, second 1/- A. Adams.28.-10 Turnips, first 2/- S. Chambers, second 1/- S. Chambers.29.-10 Parsnips, first 2/- C. E. Greene, second 1/- S. Chambers.30.-4 Stalks of Rhubarb, first 2/- R. Smith, second 1/- C. E. Greene.31.-2 Vegetable Marrows, first 2/- Rev. Hoskyns, second 1/- S. Chambers.32.-Basket of Vegetables, first 3/- S. Chambers.

FLOWERS IN POTS

Class

33.-6 Fuschias (various), first 4/- H. Goodman, second 2/- G. Chapman.34.-3 Fuschias (various), first 3/- J. Butler, second 1/6 G. Chapman.35.-1 Fuschia, first 2/- J. Butler.36.-3 Zonal Geraniums (single) various, first 2/- G. Chapman.37.-3 Zonal Geraniums (double) various, first 2/- G. Chapman.38.-6 Balsams, 3 varieties, first 3/- H. Goodman.39.-3 Balsams (various), first 2/- G. Chapman, second 1/- J. Baker.40.-6 Coleus, 3 varieties, first 3/- J. Baker, second 1/6 Rev. Hoskyns.41.-3 Coleus (various), first 2/- J. Baker, second 1/- Rev Hoskyns.42.-6 Plants in bloom, first 3/- J. Baker, second 1/6 H. Goodman.43.-1 Plant, first 2/- J. Baker, second 1/- Miss Wadsworth.44.-6 Ferns, no entries.45.-3 Ferns, first 2/- H. Goodman, second 1/- R. M. Copley.46.-1 Fern, first 1/- G. Chapman.47.-6 Foliage Plants, no entries.48.-1 Pot of Mignonette, first 2/- G. Chapman.49.-1 Pot of Musk, first 2/- J. Butler, second 1/- G. Chapman.50.-6 German Stocks, 3 varieties, first 3/- R. M. Copley, second 1/6 J. Butler.51.-3 German Stocks, various, first 2/- G. Chapman, second 1/- R. M. Copley.

CUT FLOWERS.

Class

52.-6 Carnations, not less than 3 varieties, first 3/- A. Gifford.53.-3 Carnations, various, no entries.54.-6 Picotees, not less than 3 varieties, first 2/- W. Gifford, second 1/6 W. Galley.55.-3 Picotees, various, first 2/- W. Galley.56.-6 Roses, distinct varieties, first 4/- R. M. Copley, second 2/- G. Hicks.57.-3 Roses, distinct varieties, first 2/- not given, second 2/- E. M. Norris.58.-6 Tea and Noisette roses, distinct varieties, R. M. Copley, second 2/- Rev. Carroll.59.-3 Tea and Noisette roses, distinct varieties, first 2/- G. Hicks.60.-6 Trusses sweet williams, not less than 3 varieties, no entries.61.-3 Trusses sweet williams, various, no entries.62.-6 Double zinnias, not less than 3 varieties, first 2/- F. Knights, second 1/- R. M. Copley.63.-French marigolds, first 3/- R. M. Copley, second 1/6 H. Goodman.64.-3 French marigolds, first 1/- R. M. Copley, second 1/- S. Chambers.65.-6 African marigolds, first 3/- H. Goodman, second 1/6 S. Chambers.66.-3 African marigolds, first 2/- F. Knights, second 1/- E. M. Norris.67.-6 Varieties of cut flowers, first 3/- H. Goodman, second 1/6 R. M. Copley.68.-6 Varieties of cut flowers from herbaceous plants, first 3/- A. Gifford, second 1/6 R. M. Copley.69.-6 Varieties of herbaceous pyretherum, no entries.70.-6 Phloxes, not less than 3 varieties, first 3/- A. Gifford, socond 1/6 J. Baker.71.-3 Dahlias, various, first 2/- Rev. Hoskyns.72.-6 Verbenas, not less than 3 varieties, first 2/- T. King, second 1/- Miss Wadsworth.73.-6 Pansies, various, first 2/- A. Gifford, no second.74.-Basket of cut flowers, not to be tied to supports, first 5/- Miss Wadsworth, second 2/6 Miss E. King.75.-Hand bouquet, not exceeding 9 inches in diameter, first 5/- Miss Wadsworth, second 2/6 Miss E. King.76.-Table decoration, consisting of one stand, first 7/6 Miss Wadsworth, second 4/- Miss E. King.

WILD FLOWERS (for children under 15 years, whose parents are subscribers.

77.-Hand bouquet, first 3/- A. Woods, second 2/- F. Copley, third 1/- C. Knights.78.-Basket of cut flowers, first 3/- H. Copley, second 2/- Nellie Barton. third 1/- A. Chapman.79.-Table decoration, consisting of one stand, first 3/- S. Spencer, second 2/- Miss Goldie.

SPECIAL PRIZE.

80.-12 distinct varieties of roses (open to members of the society only), first prize, given by Thomas King, Esq., £1/1, R. M. Copley, second prize, given by the treasurer, £10/6, Thos. Seekings.81.-24 distinct varieties of roses (all England), first £5 Paul & Son, Cheshunt ; second £2 H. Frettingham, Nottingham ; third £1 W. Farren, Cambridge.The above prizes are given by the Mayor of St Ives, Thos. Knights, Esq., and by the ex-Mayor, John Wadsworth, Esq.82.-12 distinct varieties of roses (all England), first prize, given by E. G. Bevan, Esq., £2/2 J. L. Curtis, Chatteris ; second prize, given by Thos. King, Esq., £1/1 Rev. Fellowes, Wimpole.

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