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FRUIT AND CHRYSANTHEMUMS. ♦ SHOW AT CHESTER. DELIGHTFUL DISPLAY. Yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon Lady Lattice Qrosvenor opened an exhibition of fruit and chrysanthemums at the Town Hall, in con- nection with the Chester Paxton Society, which ltas done valuable work in fostering the culture of fruit and that much-prized flower, the I -Chrysanthemum. The society has been signally I Successful in its efforts. Each year's show | 3uts been an improvement upon the previous One, and, although those who inspected the display last year believed the Society had reached the zenith of its success, yesterday's Exhibition capped its predecessors in point of general excellence, and will enhance the reputation which the Society has already earned for good shows, which have from the very outset proved a real treat to many hundreds in the locality. Bat that is not the extent of the public's indebtedness to the Society. These annual exhibitions have proved an incentive to many in the neighbour- hood to attempt—generally with encouraging results—the culture of new fruits and the best Varieties of the chrysanthemum. It is gratity- ing to note that the entries both for fruits and 41krysauthemums exceed those of any previous exhibition. A GLANCE AT THE EXHIBITS. Commencing with the ahrysanthemums, the groups were most effective, ar- ranged as they were in semi circles against the far wall. In this section there were six competitors as against five last year, and for the tnird time in succession Mr. iSdwin Stubbs (gardener to Mrs. Hudson, Bactiw Hall) has carried off the first prize, but never has he been so hardly pressed as on the present occasion, a fresh exhibitor this year, Mr. T. Gibbons Frost, of Mollington Bauastre (per Mr. Gilbert, his gardener), following him very closely and gaining the second prize. A veteran exhibitor, Mr. Jno. Taylor (gardener to Mis. Potts, of Hoole Hall) won the third prize witn a very creditable collection. A tresh com- Petitor, Mr. A. Ellis, gardener at the County Asylum, had staged a very excellent group, but his arrangement lacked the finish of those in front of him. Mrs. MacLaren, of Cuizon Park, gained a "he" card. The arrangement here Was good, but the individual blooms were Smaller than some of the others. There was an excellent group from Mr. Edward Dixon's, ot Littleton Hail, but the colours were not so Well diffused as they might have been. The judges—Mr. Blair, gardener to the Duke ot Sutherland, and Mr. Flack, gardener to the Marquis of Cholmondeley, both of whom are recognised as expert judges of chrysanthemums —admitted that never in all their experience had they seen groups equal to those at this show. They said with regard to the first and second prize groups, the quality of bloom exceeded anything they had ever Been, while the general arrangement for effect left nothing to be desired. Those who only succeeded in gaining Vainor prizes had nothing to be ashamed of, for even these were superior to what used to be Staged at the Town Hall when the exhibitions Were first held. The next class was for six plants, Japanese or incurved varieties, and here Air. Gibbons Frost beat his successful opponent in the groups by taking the tirst prize with a Very even lot, of plants. Mrs. Hudson secured the second prize with a very creditable display. Madame Hamley, who entered the lists for the first time, was a good third. The next class for four plants, Japanese or incurved varieties, was specially for amateurs. The first prize went to Mr. Hobt. Whipp, of Abbots Meads, the second to Mr. J. C. Thornton, of Upton Heath, and the third to Mrs. Walker, of King-street. A very Pleasing feature of the exhibition was the class for single varieties, of which, by the way, the late Duke of Westminster was an ardent lover. Here the blooms were of exquisite design, possessing a gracefulness which cannot be seen in the larger Japanese or incurved varieties. The colours were both original and beautiful. The first prize was awarded to Mrs. MacLaren, of Curzon Park (per Mr. S. Garner). The judges described each plant as being almost perfect. Miss Humberston, of Newton Hall (per Mr. Robert Wakefield) followed very closely with the second prize lot. The third prize was secured by Mr. T. Gibbons Frost. for the prize for a stand of naturally-grown chrysanthemums, there were seven competitors, and the judges experienced soue difficulty in taking the awards. After much deliberation the first prize was given to Mr. James Tomkin- son, M.P., whose gardener (Mr. Owen Roberts) displayed a very tine lot. Mrs. Townsend Ince, Christleton Hall (per Mr. Thos. Weaver) followed very closely with a beautifully arranged box of exquisite blooms. Miss ^umberston secured third honours. Six com- petitors had entered for the epergne of cut chrysanthemums, and Mr. James Tomkinson took the first prize, while Mrs. Welsby, of Curzon Park, and Mrs. Hudson, of Bache Hall, captured the second and third respectively. The entries for the specimen blooms of both Japanese and incurved varieties were above the average. For the twelve finest blooms a new Competitor, Mr. F. W. Soames, of Wrexham (per Mr. J. Shaw), took chief honours a local grower, Mr. T. Case Morris, of Upton (per. Mr. George Sedgeley) was awarded the second, and Mr. Alfred Ashworth, of Gresford, the third prize. Other successful competitors in this section were Mrs. Hudson, the Hon. Mrs. Kenyon, Maesfen (per Mr. W. Prior), and Mr. Charles Threlfall, Tilstone Lodge (per Mr. T. Herbert). The table decorations (open to ladies resident in the society's district), which formed a new feature of last year's exhibition, had this year attracted seven competitors. The general arrangement was superior to that of last year, and Mrs. Welsby, of Curzon Park, is to be congratulated upon having secured first honours against very strong competition. Miss Nora Smith, of Pulford, was awarded the second prize tor a very pretty stand which, however, lacked the character of Mrs. Welsby's. Miss Smith was very closely followed by Miss Mabel Dickson, of Mayfield, whose arrangement was very tasteful, but the flowers employed did not seem to be quite 80 fresh as the others. Mrs. Pringle, of Cambrian Crescent, took the fourth prize, and the non-successful competitors Were Mr. Jno. Cullimore, of Christleton, whose stand was commended, Mrs. F. Horatio Lloyd, and Mrs. Dimond Hogg, of Saltney Vicarage. His Grace the Duke of Westminster sent-not for competition-an exquisite collection of apples, pears, grapes, and other fruits, together with a collection of cut blooms, all of which Were arranged on a large table near the centre of the room. This exhibit was one of the most effective in the show, and attracted much atten- tion. It reflected the greatest credit upon Mr. F. Harnes, his Grace's respected head gardener. for the Duke of Westminster's stand, the judges made an honorary award of a gold medal. Messrs. Dickson's stand comprised choice flowers and foliage plants, hardy fruits, &c. Messrs. McHattie and Co. also staged a creditable exhibit as did also Mr. T. W. Dutton, of Queen's Park Nurseries. Another non-competitive exhibit, which deserves special mention was that sent by Mrs. Hudson, of Bache Hall, arranged by her gardener, Mr. E. Stubbs, and largely com- prised of choice sweet-scented violets. In the previous shows grapes have not always been Very prominent, but this year the entries were exceptionally good, the first prize being awarded to Mr. J. Saunderson (Bodnant), the Second to Mrs. Hudson (Bache Hall), while the third was secured by Mr. G. W. Hayes (Hoole Bank). In the gardener's class for home-grown apples-24 distinct varieties-there was a strong Competition, the premier honours being secured by a local grower, in the person of Mr. Edward Paul, Barrow, his gardener being Mr. H. Fletcher. A near neighbour of Mr. Paul's— Mr. Lyle Smith, per Mr. Morris, gardener was awarded second prize, while Lord Combermere had, this year, to be content with third place. For smaller growers the classes this year were made for twelve and six varieties. For the best twelve, Mr. J. Saunder- son, Bodnant Hall, who has long been famous as an excellent fruit grower, easily secured first prize. Mrs. Townsend Ince's collection was given second prize, but her excellent fruit, Was lacking the colour of the Bodnant exhibit. The Hon. Mrs. Kenyon took the third prize with fruit of good quality, but "dersized compared with the two other prize- winners. For six varieties a local fruit grower Mr. Simon Nowell, Whitby Heath, took first Prize, Capt. Feiiden being second, and Mr. R. R. Salmon, of Rowton, being awarded third prize. The entries for pears were the very best that had ever been Imade at this show, and the average quality was of a very high standard. For the best collection of six distinct dishes a noted grower in the Rev. L. Garnett (Christleton Rectory) easily secured first r' prize, Lord Combermere being second, and Mr. Hugh Lyle Smyth third. The most attractive dishes of pears in the exhibition was the Pitmaston dishes, staged by Mr. Saunderson. Captain Feiiden secured second honours, while the Rev. L. Garnett was placed third. The other chief competitors in this section were Mrs. Ambrose Dixon, Christleton-bank; Mr. Macfie, Rowton Hall; Mr. John Thompson, Netherleigh House; and Mrs. Arthur Potts, Hoole Hail. There were only two exhibitors in the section for the best collection of 50 distinct apples, these being Mr. John Watkin, Witherington, Hereford, and Messrs. Pewtress Bros., Tilling- ton, Hereford. Both exhibits were above the average for quality and colour. The one staged by Mr. VVatkins was rather more uuitorm than his opponent, and was, therefore, awarded first prize. In the class for kitchen pears there was a good entry, and here the principal prizes were carried off by Sir George Meyrick, Bart, Mr. Hugh Lyle Smyth, and Mr. J. W. Macfie. In the single dishes of kitchen apples class, the most imposing fruit were the Peasgood's variety, the dish staged by Mr. Daniel Hall, Barrow, being perfect specimens and carried off first prize. Mr. T. Day, Rowton, and the lion. Mrs. Kenyon, were second and third respectively. In the other classes the principal prizes went to Mrs. T. Ince, Mr. T. Case Morris, Upton; Mr. J. Saunderson, the Rev. L. Garnett, Mrs. Rolt, Christleton; and Lord Combermere. In the section which was open to those not employing gardeners, also to farmers, market gardeners and cottagers, though the entries were not so numerous as in the previous section, the quality was of a very high order. The principal prize in this class was for a collection of six distinct dishes of kitchen apples, and here Mr. John Mosford, ot Hatton Heatb, a tenant of Lord Combermere, easily took the first prize. A local amateur, Mr. Edward Edwards, of Upton Park, was awarded the second, Mr. J. Jefferson, of Peel Hall, being given the third. Mr. Peter Herd, of Marchwiel, Wrexham, gained the premier award, Mr. W. J. Mayers, of Christleton, the second, and Mr. George Faulkner, of Rowton, the third, tor three distinct dishes, the quality of all being most meritorious. There was a very good entry for three distinct dishes of pears, Mr. J. Jefferson, Mr. G. Hamilton, (Newton), and Mr. Thomas Lanceley (Overieigh-road) being the respective winners of prizes. In the class for single dishes of kitchen apples Mr. John Mosford, Mrs. E. J. Bailey (Upton), and Mr. H. A. Garland (Eaton) were prin- cipally successful. For dessert apples Mr. John W ynne, of Waverton, took first prize with an excellent dish of Ribston Pippins. To encourage market gardeners to pack their fruits carefully, the committee this year offered special prizes for six packed boxes of apples. Two competitors entered, and both made creditable exhibits. Messrs. Pewtress Bros., Tillington, Hereford, took the first prize, and the second went to AfrA Simon Nowell, of Whitby Heath. The judges were Mr. Blair (gardener to the Duke of Suther- land), Mr. Speed (gardener to Lord Penrhyn), Mr. Flack (gardener to the Marquis of Cholmon- deley), the Rev. L. Garnett (Christleton Rectory), Mr. R. L. Garnett (Wireside, Lancaster), Mr. W. W. Johnson (Queen's Ferry), Mr. Vaughan (Here- ford), and Mr. Pewtress (Tillington). PRIZE LIST. FRUIT. SECTION A.—Open to gardeners and those em- ploying gardeners, and also to market gardeners. Dessert apples-Ribston Pippin: 1, J. Saun- derson; 2, E. Paul; 3, the Rev. L. Garnett. Oox'sJ Orange Pippin 1, Mrs. Townsend Ince 2, the Rev. L. Garnett; 3, H. Lyle Smyth. King of the Pippins 1, J. Saunderson 2, H. Lyle Smyth; 3, Mrs. Arthur Potts. Beauman's Red Keinette 1, Captain Feiiden 2, the Hev. L. Garnett; 3, T. Day. Gasooyne's Scarlet 1, the Rev. L. Garnett; 2, the Hon. Mrs. Kenyon 3, E. Severn. Blen- heim Orange: 1, J. Saunderson; 2, Mrs. Townsend Ince; 3, the Rev. L. Garnett. Any other mid-season variety: 1, T. Day; 2, Mrs.Rolt; 3, B. C. Roberts. Any other late-keeping variety 1, J. Saunderson; 2, R, R. Salmon; 3, the Hon. Mrs Kenyon. Dessert pears-Marie Louise 1, Mrs. A. Dixon; 2, J. W. Macfie; 3, John Thompson. Pitmaston Duchesse: 1, J. Saunder- son; 2, Captain Feilden 3, the Rev. L. Garnett. Doyenne du Cornice 1, the Rev. L. Garnett; 2, Mrs. Arthur Potts; 3, Captain Feilden. Glou Morceau 1, B. C. Roberts 2, Captain Feilden; 3, Mrs. Arthur Potts. Winter Nelis: 1, Edward Dixon; 2, Mrs. Arthur Potts; 3, Mrs. Townsend Ince. Any other sort (ripe): 1, Sir George Meyrick; 2, J, W. Macfie; 3, Charles Threlfall. Any other late keeping variety 1, Captain Feilden; 2. Mrs. Townsend Ince; 3, J. Saunderson. Kitchen pears, any sort (stewing variety): 1, H. Lyle Smyth; 2, Sir Geo. Meyrick; 3, B. C. Roberts. Kitchen apples, Peasgood's Nonsuch 1, E. Paul; 2, T. Day 3, the Hon. Mrs. Kenyon. Alfriston: 1, T. Case Morris 2, H. Lyle Smyth; 3, Sir Geo. Meyrick. Mere de Manage 1, E. Paul; 2, E. Severn; 3, the Rev. T. P. Dimond Hogg. Lane's Prince Albert: 1, Mrs. Townsend Ince; 2, T. Day; 3, the Hon. Mrs. Kenyon. Dumelow's Seedling 1, J. Saunderson 2, the Hon. Mrs. Kenyon; 3, T. Day. Wareham Russett: 1, E. Paul; 2, Mrs. Townsend Ince; 3, the Rev. L. Garnett. The Queen: 1, H. Lyle Smyth; 2, the Rev. L. Garnett; 3, E. Paul. Bramley's Seedling: 1, Mrs. Townsend Ince; 2, H. Lyle Smyth; 3, E. Severn. Any other sort 1, E. Paul; 2, Mrs. Rolt; 3, E. Severn. Collec- tions—dessert apples (six distinct varieties) 1, J. Saunderson; 2, T. Day; 3, the Rev. L. Garnett. Kitchen or dessert apples (24 varieties): 1, E. Paul; 2, H. Lyle Smyth 3, E. Severn. Kitchen apples (12 varieties): 1, J. Saunderson; 2, Mrs. Townsend Ince; 3, the Hon. Mrs. Kenyon. Kitchen apples (six varieties): 1, Simon Nowell; 2, Captain Feilden; 3, R. R. Salmon. Dessert pears (six varieties): 1, the Rev. L. Garnett; 2, E. Severn; 3, H. Lyle Smyth. SECTION B.—Open to those not employing gardeners; also to farmers and cottagers. All specimens exhibited must have been grown in the open air, and not under glass or any other artificial protection. Dessert apples. Ribston Pippin 1, John Wynne; 2, J. Jefferson; 3, J. Mosford. Blenheim Orange 1. John Mosford; 2, H. Welsby 3, Mrs. Baillie. Cox's Orange Pippin: 1, Geo. Faulkner 2, John Wynne; 3, J. Mosford, King of the' Pippins 1, J. Mosford; 2, Peter Herd; 3. Joseph Such. Gascoyne's Scarlet: 1, H. A. Garland; 2, Joseph Such; 3, G. Hamilton. Any other sort: 1, H. A. Garland 3, J. Jefferson. Dessert pears.—Any early sort: 1, J. Jefferson 2, Joseph Such; 3, Thos. Lanceley. Any late sort: 1, Mrs. Baillie; 2, G. Hamilton; 3, J. Jefferson. Kitchen apples.—Peasgood's Nonsuch: 1, John Mosford; 2, M. J. Mayers; 3, H. A. Garland. Alfriston: 1, Mrs. Baillie; 2, John Mosford; 3, John Wynne. Mere de Menage: 1 J. Mosford; 2, Peter Herd; 3, G. W. Smith. Stirling Castle: 1, J. Jefferson; 2 John Mosford; 3, John Wynne. Dumelow's Seedling: 1, J. Mosford; 2, Geo. Faulkner; 3, Mrs. Baillie. Lane's Prince Albert: 1, H. A. Garland; 2, J. Mosford; 3, Peter Herd. Any other sort: 1, W. J. Mayers; 2, Edwards; 3, W. H. Hughes. Collections.—Dessert apples (six distinct varieties): I, H. A. Garland; 2, J. Jefferson; 3, Mrs. Baillie. Kitchen apples (six varieties): 1, j! Mosford; 2, Edw. Edwards; 3, J. Jefferson. Kitchen apples (three varieties): 1, Peter Herd; 2, W. J. Mayers; 3, Geo. Faulkner. Dessert Sears (three varieties): 1, J. Jefferson; 2, G. Hamilton; 3, Thos. Laneeley. Open to the United Kingdom. All specimens ex- hibited must have been grown in the open air, and not under glass, or any other artificial pro- tection.—Collection of apples (50 dishes): 1, John Watkins; 2, Messrs. Pewtress Bros. SECTION D.—Open to the society's district. Red tomatoes: 1, Edward Dixon; 2, Sir George Meyrick; 3, E. Severn. SECTIOK E.—Open to the society's district. Twelve bottles of preserved fruits (not less than six distinct kinds): 1, John Weaver; 2, Amos Walker; 3, Owen Roberts. Six bottles of pre- served fruits (three distinct kinds): 1, J. Atkinson 2, John Weaver. SECTION F.—Open to the United Kingdom. Four bunches of grapes (two bunches of any white variety and two of any black variety): 1, J. Saunderson. Open to the district. Two bunches black grapes: 1, Mrs. R. S. Hudson; 2, G. W. Hayes. Two bunches white grapes: 1, G. W. Hayes; 2, John Jones. Special prizes for packing apples: 1, Pewtress Bros.; 2, Simon Nowell. Group of plants, ar- ranged for effect in a semi-circle: 1, Mrs. R. S. Hudson; 2, T. Gibbons Frost; 3, Mrs. Arthur Potts; 4, the County Asylum; h c, Mrs. MacLaran; c, Edward Dixon. Six plants: 1, T. Gibbons Frost; 2, Mrs. R. S. Hudson 3, Madame Hamley. Four plants, Japanese or incurved varieties (distinct): 1, R. Whipp; 2, James C. Thornton; 3, Miss A. Walker. Four plants, single varieties (distinct): 1, Mrs. MacLaren; 2, Miss Humberston; 3, T. Gibbons Frost. SECTION I.—Cut blooms. Best arranged stand of twelve single trusses of naturally grown chrysanthemums (excluding singles varieties): 1, Miss Humberston; 2, J. W. Macfie; 3, Mrs. Townsend Ince. Best arranged stand of naturally grown cut single chrysanthe- mums 1, J. Tomkinson; 2, Mrs. Townsend Ince; 3, Miss Humberston. Best arranged epergne: 1, James Tomkinson; 2, K. Welsby; 3, Mrs. R. S. Hudson. Twelve cut blooms: 1, F. W. Soames; 2, T. Case Morris; 3, Alfred Ashworth h c, Chas. Threlfall. Six cut blooms: 1, Mrs. R. S. Hudson; 2, T. Brocklebank; 3, J. Tomkinson. Three cut blooms: 1, Hon. Mrs. Kenyon; 2, J. W. Macfie. Six cut blooms: 1, T. Case Morris; 2, C. Threlfall; 3, Alfred Ashworth. Three ditto: 1, Mrs. R. S. Hudson; 2, Hon. Mrs. Kenyon; 3, T. Brocklebank. Five Japanese blooms 1, J. Tomkinson; 2, Mrs. R. S. Hudson; 3, Alfred Ashworth; c, Sir George Meyrick. SECTION K.—Open to ladies resident in the society's district. Best arranged table decoration of naturally grown chrysanthemums; vases, ornaments and foliage at the discretion of the exhibitor: 1, Mrs. K. Welsby; 2. Miss Nora Smith; 3, Miss Mabel Dickson; 4, Mrs. Pringle; c, Mrs. Cullimore.

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