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INTERNATIONAL HORTICULTURAL EXHIBITION. One of the largest and certainly one of the best. arranged flower shows which have ever been witnessed in England was opened on Monday, with the most complete success, on the waste grounds of the late Exhibition, near the Horticultural Gardens. A better [arranged or better displayed exhibition of this kind has never yet been offered to public inspection. Every flower of beauty, every plant of rare worth, from the most delicate orchids and parasites of the tropics up to the hardiest ferns and conifers of the northern regions, were all here exhibited, and exhibited not only in their zones of vegetation and in the utmost development of their forms, but in all the contrast of colour and foliage which so much brightens their beauty. Unlike other shows the immense collection was not merely ranged in rows of plants and in rows of pots, the wide space in which the flowers and flowering shrubs, palms, tree ferns, cacti, and greenhouse plants were shown covered an extent of nearly four acres, which was broken up and diversified by the skill of the landscape gardener. There were banks and valleys, little hills, and knolls with ro ikeries and fountains, so that at every instant and at every turn in the walks fresh glimpses and fresh c&ups d'osil relieved the eye. The idea of this international show in England was suggested by the similar exhibitions which have been held in Holland and elsewhere. To carry it out properly a large guarantee fund was necessary, for the preliminary expenses amounted to no lei5s than Y,3,500, while upwards of £ 2,500 has been given in prizes. In con- nection with the display a sort of international botanical congress was held during the meeting at the South Kensington Museum, when papers on all the almost infinite branches of horticulture and botany was read, and one great conversazione given to foreign and English visitors. For a show of such a varied and, above all, of euoh an extensive character it was necessary to devise special arrangements. No ordinary building—not even the great extent of the Crystal Palace—was adequate for its proper display. It was therefore determined at once to erect a series of gigantic marquees which, built upon timber supports, and very much on the old ridge- and-furrow principle of the glass and iron roofs, should suffice to shelter the whole collection. Accordingly the show was arranged in a pleasure- ground of more than ordinary dimensions, with broad gravel walks, turfed embankments, miniature lakes, and picturesque rockeries. Our readers may glean some notion of the extent of the show from the fact that nolesa than 162,980square feet were devoted to the e.uhibiting area Ia space comprising more than three and a half acres. Over this area a monster tent was erected, 562ft. broad. For the erection of this vast structure no less than 40,000 yards of canvas have been employed. The space which this tent occupied extended from the # Crom- well-road entrance of the Great Exhibition of l8t;2 to what formerly constituted the refreshment court of the Exhibition. To the visitor entering from the Cromwell-road, the beds whiehfirst attracted atten- tion are those ocoupied by light-coloured azaleas, pelargoniums, calceolarias, fuchsias, and other flower- ing plants, and plants of variegated foliage and shrubs of sombre texture occupied those portions not so con- spicuous to the ordinary view. As many as 24 classes pf azaleas were exhibited by Mr. Tarner, of Slough, and J-, is not too much to say that this collection surpassed anything of the kind hitherto presented to the metro. politan public. IN the various classes of orchids, palma, and tropical plants a, very extensivejdisplay was made by Mr. Yeitch, who distinguishes himself at every floral fete of this description. In these classes Messrs. Paul, Williams, and Bell were also prominent exhibitors. The rhododendron valley, supplied by Messrs. Waterer and Godfrey, formed one of the most interesting fea- tares of the exhibition. The brilliant colours of the plants, constituting as they do in themselves a rich and varied picture, gave an appearance of bright and mellowed richness, and afforded a pleasant contrast to the calm, cool green of the ferns, which rose above and almost entirely concealed the rockwork in which they were placed. The Crystal Palace Company had by far the finest ferns in the exhibition. Sir C. Dilke, M.P., was chairman of the executive committee, while Messrs. Eyles, Gibson Moore, and Dr. Hogg constituted the body on whom the onerous duties of arranging the grounds and flowers mainly depended. It is almost needless to say that with a show of such unexampled extent and variety the attendance of visitors was unusually large. At about half-past three o'clock their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princass of Wales entered the tent, together with Prince Alfred, Princess Helena, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the Princess Mary, and Prince Teck. General KnoUjs, Major Teesdale, Colonel Purves, the Hon. Mrs. Bar- din ge, Sir W. Dilke, and Sir Daniel Coopsr were in attendance. Their Royal Highnesses were conducted over every part of the show, staying longest near the banks of azaleas, roses, and orchids. The chief and the most enterprising of the foreign exhibitors had the honour of being presented to the Royal party, who, after a stay of nearly two hours in the tent, passed into the gardens of the society. Between 200 and 300 prizes were given for the best specimens of the various classes. In the evening a grand banquet was given at the Mansion-house, which was attended by many great and noble personages.



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