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PONTYPOOL FLOWER SHOW. THURSDAY, AUGUST 16TH. Our fifth annual Flower Show started upon its existence under very much more favourable auspices than its two immediate predecessors. They, poor things, were compelled to put up with the scanty and uncongenial accommoda- tion of a small field in one case, and of a market-place in the other and that they did not thrive under such conditions is not to be- wondered at. In fact, in the race against ex- penses, as our horse-racing friends would say, although undoubtedly they ran their level best, and their clever jockeys did all they knew, they could not help landing their backers with a hat- full to pay, heavily handicapped as they were. However, this year's Show promises to make amends for all shortcomings of its elder brothers. It is held in the Park, sufficiently enticing in itself, with its grand old trees, spreading their protecting branches far and wide, and seeming, in almost a benevolent manner, to invite the wearied and sun-scorched visitor beneath their cool and grateful shade. Thou forest, bread and sweeping, My own, my sheltering home." Then again, the sweetly-undulating contour of the ground--the grassy slopes and valleys clothed with their mantle of nature's loveliest green—the cool refreshing lakes, with the sur- rounding foliage mirrored in their calm and silent depths, unruffled save by the darting fish or the soft summer breeze sighing its gentle way, unwilling to leave a spot so charming, and in which its stay has been so transient--the timid, startled deer, trooping with light and graceful bound away from the busy scene of gaiety and pleasure to more retired haunts, whence they cautiously takejshy peeps at the un accustomed throng, wondering to see their quiet and peaceful domain invaded by such un- wonted numbers, and ready, almost if looked at, to speed swiftly over the springy turf onee more to distant safety--while for those adventurous spirits who have wandered up the hill far from the crowd below, the moss-lined grotto well repays for what is but a pleasant stroll—the noble mansion by which we take our way from the town and the splendid iron gates through which pass visitors from the country- all combine to render the scene especially ap- propriate for such an occasion. And that no- thing shall be left for the most fastidious to desire, there is the magnificent Band of the Grenadier Guards, led by their celebrated con- ductor, Mr Dan Godfrey, entrancing us with sweetest music, played as only they can play it, and by charming our ears, completing the en- thralment of our senses already captivated by the lovely flowers and splendid fruits spread out for our inspection in such lavish profusion. Nor have our more material creature comforts been forgotten, for the refreshment tents, pre- sided over by Mr Walters, Crown Hotel; Mrs Everson (tea), and Mr Stephens (cigars), enable us to recruit exhausted nature in any way we may desire without leaving a spot which is rendered so attractive by the beauty of face and form, and the brilliant costumes which meet our gaze on every side, and making our Flower I Show a very Picture Gallery of loveliness and fashion. I LIST OF THE COMMITTEE. Bevan, A., Esq., Pontypool Bunning, Mr. W., Pontypool Butler, Isaao, Esq.. Pontypool Bytheway, II., Esq., Pontypoo) Copley, C. H., Esq., Pontypool Collins, W., Esq.,fl'ontypool Deacon, Mr. E., Pontypool Edwards, Mr. M., Pontypool Edmonds, J, T., Esq., Garn- diffaith Essex, R., Esq., Pontypool Ford, Mr. E. B., Pontypool Fowler, Mr. E., Senr., Ponty- pool Fowler, Mr. E., Junr., Ponty- pool Fox, Mr. H., Pontypool Greenway, R., Esq., Pontypool Griffiths, J., Esq., Pontypool Haskins, Mr. W. H., Pontypool Jee, G. J,, Esq., Pontypool Jones, Edward, Esq., Varteg Joshua, Mr. John. Pontypool Llewellin, Rev. J. C., Ponty- pool Llewellin, Mr. D., Ponthry- dyrun Lewis, Rev. I. D., Pontypool M'Intosh, Mr. Wm., Pontypool Parkes, C. J., Esq.. Pontypool Patterson, Mr, Pontypool Parkhurst, Mr, Pontypool Richards, J., Esq., Pontypool Roderick, Mr. T., Pontypool Smith, W., Esq., Panteg Taylor, N. II. Oc, Esq., Panteg Thomas, O.D., Esq., Pontypool Williams, D., Esq., Hill Grove Williams, A. A., Esq Maes- derwen Williams, Dr, Pontypool Wright, J. R., Esq., Panteg MARTIN EDWAKDS, 1 H G ERNEST DEACON, J The following is the SCHEDULE OF PRIZES. CLASS NO. 1 (OPEN).— PLANTS. 1st 2nd 3rd I.-Eight Stove and Greenhouse Plants, £ £ £ named, in flower preferred (first prize col- lected by a lady in Pontypool) 12 8 4 2.—Six Fine Foliaged and Variegated Plants, distinct sorts, named 3 2 0 3.-Exotic Ferns, six distinct sorts, named 2 l 0 4.-British Ferns, six distinct sorts, named 1 10s. 0 5—Enr tho beat sin»1a srweimen, Stove or Greenhouse Plant i <> o 6.—Liliums, 2 sorts I 10s. 6A.-Geraniums (Zonale), 4 pots, distinct sorts, named 1 10s. CLASS 2 (OPEN).—CUT FLOWERS. 7.—Roses, 18 named varieties £2 £1 0 8.-Dahlias, 12 blooms 15s. 5s. 9.—Cut Flowers, arranged in vase, for draw- ing-room £ 1 10s. CLASS 3 (AMATEURS).—SECTION L PLANTS & FLOWERS. 10.—Stove or Greenhouse } "f >3 Plants, in bloom, A dis- I J? j? a tinct sorts, named £ 2 10s a £ 110s 0 11.—Fine .foliaged and varie- > » £ W gated Plants, four distinct 3 ™ 2 tinct sorts, named £ 2 10s a £ 110s s:I It 11.—Fine .foliaged and varie- > » £ W gated Plants, four distinct 3 ™ 2 kinds, named 921(is :iI £1 IOsJ S 1st 2nd 3rd 12.-Exotte Ferns, six distinct sorts, named £2 £1 o 13.-Fuohsias, 3 distinct kinds named £ 1 10s. 14.-Geraniums (Zonale), 4 pots, distinct kinds named £1 lOs. 15.-Geraniums (Variegated), 3 pots, dis- tinct kinds named 103,5s. 16.—Roses, 12 blooms, distinct named va- rieties. 15s. 10a. 5B. 17-Balsams, 4 distinct sorts 10s. 5s. 18 Dahlias, 12 blooms, distinct kinds 10s. 5s. 19^ Asters (French or German), 12 blooms, not less than 6 sorts 10s. 5s. 2s6d 20 Hollyhocks, 6 blooms, named varieties 5s. 2s6d 21 Verbenas, 6 sorts, 3 trusses of each .5s. 2s6d 22.-Best single specimen of Stove or Green- house Plant in bloom 20a. 10s. 23 Best single specimen Foliage Plant 15a. 5s. SECTION 2. For Gentlemen not having regular Gardeners. 1st 2nd 24.-Puchsias, 3 distinct kinds, named .10s. 5s. 25.-Any Fern, single specimens. 5s. 2s. 6d. 26.—Geraniums, Zonale, 3 pots, distinct sorts, named 5s. 2s. 6d. 27.—Geraniums, tricolour, 3 pots, named .5s. 2s. 6d. 27A.-Lilium, one pot, any sort 5s. 2a. 6d. CLASS 4 (OPEN).—FRUIT. 28.-Three Bunches of Grapes, any variety20s. 10s. 29.—Pine, any variety .103. 6s. 30.—Melon, any variety 10s. 5s. 31.-Peaches, one dish los. 5s. 32.-Plums, any sort, one dish 5s. 2s. od. 33.—Apricots, one dish °s. ^s. oq. 34.—Gooseberries, one dish ^8* ™ 35.—Apples, 12 dessert 2s. bd. 36.—Apples, 12 culinary ^8* 2s. 6d. 37.—Pears, 12 any sort 03. 2s. bd. CLASS 5 (OPEN).—VEGETABLES. 38.—Cucumber, brace 5s. 2s. 6d. 39.—Vegetable Marrow 5s. 2s. 6d. 40.-Carrot- six 5s. 2a. 6d. •41.—Caulilfower, six 5s. 2s. 6d. 42.,Celery, six 5s. 2s. 6d. 43.—Scarlet Runners, 50 pods 5s. 2s. 6d. 44.—Lettuce, six heads 5a. 2s. 6d. 45.—Potatoes, Kidney, one dish 5s. 2s. 6d. 46.—Potatoes, Round, one dish 5s. 2s. 6d. 47.-0nions. Spring sown, 12 bulbs 5s. 2s. 6d. 48.—Onions, Autumn sown, 12 bulbs 6s. 2a.6d. 49-Peas, 50 pods 59. 2s. 6d. CLASS 6. Prizlafor Cottagers (Working Gardeners excluded j. 1st 2nd 3rd 50.-One collection 'of six sorts of Vegetables 10s. 5s. 2s. 6d. 51.-Potatoes, Round 5s. 2s. 6d. 52.-Potatoes, Kidney. 59. 2s. 6d. 53.-Wild Flowers 5s. 2s. 6d. SPECIAL PRIZES. Messrs Fowler's Prize (see Nos. 10 & 11) X5 0 0 Mr Martin Edwards's Prize (see Nos. 10 & 11) 3 0 0 Mr Henry Griffiths' Prize (open)—For the best arranged Basket of Flowers 110 Mr W. F, Davies' Prize fopon)—For the best collection of Vegetables, six distinct sorts 110 a 1st 2nd. Mr John Knipe's Prize (open)—For the best Bouquet. 158. 5s. Mr W. H. Lloyd's Prizes (No. 6a.). •• • £1 10s. Mr Ernest Deacon's Prizes (amateurs)—For the best Bouquet 53• SPECIAL PRIZES FOR COTTAGERS. 1st 2nd. Mr Ford's Prize-Best Basket of Vegetables grown from Seed purchased of Mr E, B. Ford 15s. 5s. Mr Roderick's Prizes: Best early & lateCarrot 5s. 2s6d. Best Dish of Spring-sown Onions 5s. 2s6d. Best Dish of Early Kidney Potatoes 5s. 2s6d. Best Dish of Peas 5s. 2s6d. The judges were-Mr Cousens, of Gloucester Mr Brown, gardener to A. Darby, Esq., of Llan- gorse; and Mr Watty, gardener to Thomas Cordes, Esq., Newport. The judges went round at 12.30 p.m., and the following is the list of the prises awarded CLASS I.-PLANTS. I.-1st, Mr Pilgrim, Cheltenham 2nd, Heath and Son, Cheltenham Mr J. Barnes, Gloucester. 2.—1st, Mr Pilgrim; 2nd, Heath & Son. 3. -1st, Mr Pilgrim; 2nd, Mr Fowler, senior, Pon- typool. 4.—1st, Mr Fowler, junior, Pontypool; 2nd, Mr Pilgrim. Mr E. Maurice (Risca) and Mr Fowler highly commended. 6.—1st, Mr Pilgrim. 6.—1st, Mr E. Fowler, senior. 6A. & 14.—Equally divided between Mr E. Fowler and Mr W. S. Bennett, Barton Terrace, Gloucester. CLASS II. 7.—1st, Mr Wm. Earle, Newport; 2nd, Davison and Co, Hereford. g.-lst, Mr Wm. Shaw, Kidderminster; 2nd, J. T Francis, Cardiff. 9.—1st, Heath & Son; 2nd, Mr George Heard, Cardiff. CLASS III. 10.—1st, Mr Pilgrim. 11.—1st. Mr Pilgrim; 2nd, J. C. Hanbury, Esq., Pontypool Park. 12.—1st, J. C. Hanbury, Esq. 13 —1st, Mr D. Maurice, Risca; 2nd, Mr E. Fowler, senior. 16.-< 1st, Mr Crossling, St. Fagan's, Cardiff; 2nd, Mr E. Fowler, junior extra prize, Mr J. T. Francis. 17,-lst, no prize given; 2nd, Dr Williams, Ponty- pool; 3rd, Mr E. Fowler, junior. 18.—1st, Mr W. Shaw, Kidderminster; 2nd, Mr W. S. Bennett. 19.-1st, Mr J. T. Francis; 2nd, Mr W. Shaw. 20.—1st, Mr J. T. Francis; 2nd, Mr W. Shaw. Mr W. S. Bennett highly commended. 22.-lst, Mr Pilgrim; 2nd, Mr W. S. Bennett. 23.—1st, Mr E. Pilgrim 2nd, J. C. Hanbury, Esq. CLASS III. 24.—1st, Mr Fowler, junior. 25.-Ist, Mr W. S. Bennett; 2nd, Mr Deacon, Pontypool. 27.-Ist, no prize given 2nd, Dr Williams. 27 A.-1st, Mr Fowler, junior. IV. 28.—1st, Mr E. Phillips, Bassallcg 2nd, Mr Cross- ling, 29.— 1st, J. C. Hanbury, Esq. 30.-lst, Colonel Page, Cardiff; 2nd, Mr John Comley, Aberdare. 31.—1st, Major Phillips, Crumlin Hall; 2nd, J. C. Hanbury, Esq., Kentchurch. 32.—1st, Mr W. Shaw; 2nd, Colonel Page. 33.—1st, Mr J. Barnes, Gloucester; 2nd, J. C. Hanbury, Esq., Kentchurch. 34.—1st, Mr D. Maurice 2nd, Mr Parkhurst, Pontymoil. 35.—1st, Col. Page. 36.—1st, Mr J. Barnes; 2nd, Col. Page. 37.—1st, Mr Barnes; 2nd, Col. Page. CLASS V. 38.-2nd, D. Maurice. No first prize given. 39.—1st, Dr. Williams; 2nd, Mr Phillips, Bassaleg. 40.—1st, J. C. Hanbury, Kentchurch; 2nd, Col. Page. 41.—1st, Mr Treseder, Cardiff; 2nd, Mr D. Maurice. 42.—1st, Col. Page; 2nd, Mr Treeeder. 43.— 1st, Mr Treseder; 2nd, Mr Bennett. 44.—1st, Mr Wright, Panteg; 2nd, J. C. Hanbury, Esq., Pontypool. 45.—1st,. Mr J. Walters, Abergavenny; 2nd, Mr Phil- lips. 46.—1st, Mr Treseder; 2nd, J. C. Hanbury, Esq. 47.-lat, Mr E. Phillips; 2nd, Mr J. T. Francis. 48.-lst, Mr Treseder; 2nd, Col. Page. 49.—1st, No prize given; 2nd, J. C. Hanbury, Esq., Kentchurch. CLASS VI. 50.—1st, Mr T. Branch, Abersychan; 2nd, Mr Phil- lip, Mamhilad 3rd, Mr A Payne, Goytre. 51.-Ist, Mr Phillip; 2nd, Mr Rogers, Pontypool. 52.-Ist, Mrs Crumb, Raglan; 2nd, Mrs Davies, Bedwas. 53.—Mr Phillips, Mamhilad; 2nd, Mrs Crumb. SPECIAL PRIZES. Mr H. Griffiths's Prize.—Major Phillips, Crumlin Hall. Mr W. F. Davies's Prize.—1st, Col. Page; 2nd, Mr 8. Kedley, Newport. Mr Knipe's Prize.—Major Phillips. Mr Deacon's Prize.-Ist, Major Phillips; 2nd, Mr Heard. Mr Ford's Prize.—Mr Wright, Panteg. Mr Roderick's Prizes,-Ist, Mr J. Phillips; 2nd, Mr T. Branch. 1st, Mr Payne, Goytre 2nd, Mr Phillips. 1st, Mr Payne 2ud, Mr Phillips. Best Dish of Peas.—1st, Mr Branch 2nd, Mr Phil- lips. The arrangements for the Exhibition of Flowers, Plauts, Fruit, &c., were exceedingly good, and have been well carried out by the committee and the indefatigable secretary, Mr E. Deacon, the co-socretary, Mr Martin Edwards, being from home. The three tents in which the Exhibition takes place were erected by Mr John Smart, Adam-street, Cardiff, and are spa- cious and lofty, two of them being 109ft. by 30ft. each, and the third is 50ft. by 40ft. This last is. a particularly fine-looking and orna- mental one, the canvas being quite new, and stretched from a centre pole in fact, it is the largest marquee we have seen made in this way, and has a capital effect, situated, as it is, at the top of the piece of ground on which the Show takes place, and forming a picturesque back- ground to the aspect from the Entrance. The secretary's tent is .20ft. by 20ft. the tea tent, 30ft. by 20ft. the cigar tent, 22ft. by 22ft.; and last, but certainly not least, the refresh- ment tent (60ft. by 22ft.) of Mr Walters, were also all erected by Mr Smart, and do him great credit. The band platform was erected by Mr Williams, of Newport, and presents a very gay appCOlBUW, LLv awning 4- #.IIA COOtrO Pam being stretched out to a circle of poles which surrounded the platform., and are covered with variegated patterns in different colours. All the tents, as well as the band platform, are or- namented with variously-coloured flags stream- ing from the tops of the poles, &c. The wood- work in all the tents, and the seats outside, were put np by Mr Stephen Harris, of Pontypool. The following programme was performed by the celebrated band of the Grenadier Guards (under tho leadership of Mr Dan Godfrey), and proved one or the chief attractions of the Show: PART I. Quick March Gerold Overture Tancredi." Rossitii Selection (3rd Act) Lohengrin." Wagner Valse "Novellen." Gung'l Marche Romaine & Marche Militaire Gounod fantasia "La Petite Marie." Lecoto Overture "Zampa." HeroM Valse Sweethearts." If Albert F part II. Fantasia On English National Melodies." Solos for Cornet, Clarinet, Petite Clarinette, Horn, Piccolo, Trombone, and Euphonium. Messrs Knight, Spencer, Mann, Manners, Wilcooke, Edwards, and Siddons. T f The Royal Welsh," on 1 >3 Lanoers | «Woi/h Melodies." 1 GodSre* Piccolo Solo Pas de Marins," Jullien Mr Wilcocke. Fantasia On Irish National Melodies." Polka. The Two Postillions." Wieland Cornets, Messrs Knight and Pickup. Fantasia On Scottish Melodies." The Sleigh Polka (by desire) Jullien No. 1.—The Rendezvous. 2.—The Ride. 3.—The Race. "God Save the Queen." The entries this year are very encouraging, and include every number iu the schedule in many of these there are several entries. The weather, an all-important element in Flower Shows, was not very favorable--tike morning set in gloomily—frequent slight showers damped the ground, and had a very similar effect on the minds of the committee and others whe hoped for better fortune but after two very heavy storms, which fell about 2 o'clock, the sky gradually cleared, and a par- ticularly fine and bright afternoon followed, during which the number of visitors was con- siderably augmented. Amongst the visitors to the Show wore Lord and Lady Raglan, Mrs Hanbury Leigh, and Miss Hanbury.

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