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COTTAGERS' GARDEN SHOW AT GLANLLYN. Lord Derby once claimed for the average Englishman an instinctive affection for the garden. We believe the claim is just, for go where you will in this country you are almost sure to see flowers even in crowded lodgings and dirty streets one may see a few flower pots outside the windows, and the same interest which puts plants in such placcs produces the pretty little village cottage garden show and the more ambitious horticultural exhi bitions of the towns. The cultivation of flowers has a refining effect upon human nature, for, as Lord Lytton says, in a delightful essay, there is in it the calm persistency and simplicity of Nature's operations in the system of sure and just compen- sation for the labours and the solicitude of human service, a aense of beneficence and trustworthiness, which, like mercy, is twice blessed. There are not many luxuries of the rich which can be cordially commended to the imitation of less wealthy mem- bers of the community but if there be one at all, it is flower growing, which year by year hue largely increased among all classes, and is one of the features of modern life which can be contemplated with satisfaction. The cultivation of vegetables, too, was never before made the subject of such care and attention. By means, in a great measure, of cottage garden shows the working man has been taught many valuable lessons> not the least of which is that a very small plot of ground may pro- duce a considerable amount of good wholesome food. Nearly every cluster of villages can now boast of having one of these cottage shows, which, encouraged as they are by the gentry and the middle classes, are not likely soon to decay in usefulness. Who has not visited a cottage horti- cultural exhibition and witnessed the proud exulta- tions of the rustic owner of gigantic vegetable productions which have taken a prize. The man who can grow good turnips and potatoes, and take prizes with them, must by so doing grow within himself a certain amount of self-respect, tending to keep him sober and respectable, so that alto- gether the good done by these shows can hardly be over-estimated. A very pretty little exhibition of this class was held on Thursday, at the shooting box of Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, at Glanllyn, which in every respect was a complete success. Sir Watkin and Lady Williams Wynn and the visitors at the house were assiduous in their assistance; while of Sir Watkin himself it may truly be said he wasevery- where, seeing to the carrying out of the arrange- ments. Among the visitors were-Sir Watkin and Lady Williams Wynn and the Misses Wynn, Lord Combermere and Misses Combermere, Lord Methuen, Colonel Wynn Finch, Mr and Mrs O. S. Wynne (Plasnewydd), Hon. Mr Gore, Mrs Totten- ham, Mr and the Misses James (Fardem), Mr and Mrs Ellis, Rev. R. and Mrs Jones (Bala), Rev. W. and Mrs Williams (Aberglandey), Miss Smith, Miss Wood, Major Jones and Mrs Dean, Mr W. P. and Mrs Jones (Bodweinan), Mr and Mrs F. G. Jones (Ciltulgarth), Mr and Mrs J. Williams (Gwern- helin), Rev. W. Richards (Corwen), Rev. D. Ed- wards (Bala College), Rev. J. Jenkins (Wrexham), Mr and Mrs Williams (Maesychedyd), Colonel Evan Lloyd (Moelygarned), Miss Williams (Traifeuno), Miss Jones and Miss Williams (Maesyhedyd), Mr Royle, Mrs Anwyl. Mr Passingham, &c. The productions were from the parishes of Llan- uwchllyn and Liangower, and were exhibited in a spacious teut erected in a field near the house. Hitherto the productions have been exhibited on the lawn in front of the house, but this year Sir Watkin suggested that they should be in a tent in the field, the advisability of which was apparent to all. All the classes in the exhibition were well filled, and the show was in every way creditable to the cottagero of the neighbourhood. Most of the veget- ables, especially the potatoes, were very fine, and the season seems to have been favourable for their development. The parsnips and onions too were deserving of special mention, being in the opinion of competent judges, the best exhibited at shows this year in the neighbourhood. Turnips, however were rather coarse, while cabbage and lettuce were also indifferent specimens. Taken however as a whole, the show was an excellent one. The flori- cultural department was not so extensive as could be desired. There were some pretty selections of wild flowers, the one which deservedly took the first prize being particularly admired, and would indeed have borne very favourable comparison with Parisian bouquets. Among the window plants a beautiful coloured hydring-ia. was exhibited. There were only two specimens of honey, both of which were very good. With reference to the bpst kept garden, &c., we must direct attention to the report of Mr Middleton, published below. The judging was carried out by Mr Strachan, of Wrexham, the result of whose discrimination gave universal approval. The weather although cloudy and at times a little showery was favourable to the show, and all seemed thoroughly to enjoy themselves. Sir Watkin gave a dinner to the villagers during the afternoon, which was much appreciated. The band of the 1st D.R.V. was engaged and enlivened the proceedings by playing a selection of music. The following is the list of awards, money prizes for which were presented by Sir Watkin Williams Wynn:— PRIZE LIST. For the cleanest and best kept gardens—1, Edward Morris Old Goat; 2, E. Roberts, Pandy; 3, E. Roberts, Village; 4, David Davis, Tynycefw. For the best cultivated garden—1, John Davis, Penybont; 2, T. Roberts, Clutyperion 3, William Jones, Tynllidiart; 4, Edward Davies, Liangower. Cleanest and. best kept cottage (built previous to 1868)—1, Edward Davies, Liangower 2, David Hughes, Penybont; 3, Harriet Richards, Coedyllau 4, Philip Jones, Penrhiwdwrch. Best grown window plant-I, G. Rooerts, Fron; 2, 3, and 4, William Jones, Lan. Jtiest nosegay of cut flowers-1, Gwen Jones, Lan; 2, Catherine Punh, Pentrepoid. Best nosegay of wild tlowers-1, J. Rees; 2, R. Evans, Pentre. Round potatoes (12)-T. Roberts, Clutyperson; 2, R. Jones, Llangower; 3, T. D. Jones, Pensyivania; 4, T. Rees. Kidney potatoes (twelve)-l Edmund Jones, Clutyperson 2, T. Roberts, Flag Station; 3, Ed. Roberts, Pandy; 4, M. E. Davies, LlaHgower, Cabbage (four)-l, E. Jones, Flag Station; 2, M. Roberts, Llan; 3, E. J. Jones, Almshouse; 4, M. O. Hughes, Lodge. Beet (six)—I, J. Davies, Penybont; 2, D. Jones, Pensyi- vania 3, T. Roberts, Clutyperson. Parsnips (six)-l, D. Jones, Pensylvania; 2, R. Hughes, Lodge; 3, E. Davies, Liangower; 4, Thos. Roberts, Cluty- person. Carrots (six)—1, E. Davies, Liangower; 2, T. Roberts, Clutyperson; 3, E..Jones, Flag Station; 4, J. Davies, Peny- bont. Turnips (six)-I, E. Davies, Liangower; 2, J. Davies, Penybont; 3, A. Evans, Pentre; 4, R. Jones, Tynypant. Onions (six)-I, R. Hughes, Lodge, 2, D. Jones, Pensyl- vania; 3, J. Davies, Penybont; 4, G. Davies, Liangower. Peas in pod (half peck}—1, J. Davies, Penybont; 2, T. Roberts, Clutyperson. Beans in pod (best peck)-I, T. Lloyd, Glanweh; 2, J. Davies, Penybont; 3, R. Jones, Tynypant; 4, W. Edwards, Miniford. Kidney beans—1, J. Davies, Penybont, 2,M. Jones, Alms. houses. Lettuce (four)-I. J. Davies, Liangower; 2, R. Jones, Tyny. pant. Celery (four)-I, J. Davies, Penybont; 2, T. Roberts, Cluty- person. Leeks (six)-I. J. Davies, Penybont 2, T. Roberts, Cluty. person. Rhubarb—1, J. Davies, Penybont; 2, D. Hughes, Peny. bont. Best collection of garden herbs-I, J. Davies, Penybont; 2, E. Jones, Flag Station; 3, T. Roberts, Clutyperson; T. Lloyd, Glanweh. Collection of veg-etables-l, J. Davies, Penybont; 2, T. Roberts, Clutyperson, 3, G. Morris, Afonfechan; 4, R. Hughes, Lodge. Butter (dish of 3lbs. from one cow)-I, Ellen Davies, Farm House; 2, Ellen Evans, Cefn Rhos. Dish of honey—1, T. Roberts, Clutyperson; 2, G. Jones, Flag Station. Best cultivated Alms House garden—1, P. Jones; 2, M. Jones; 3, S. Morris; 4, M. Williams. j Prizes for the following were given by Lady Williams Wynn. Best sewn labourer's shirt-I. J. Ellis, Llangower; 2, E. Roberts, Pandre. Best darned piece of woman's or child clothing-E. Davies, Farm House. Best darned pair of labourer's stockings-Lowry Thomas, Afonfechan. EXTRA PRIZES. Best cultivated garden—1 to 3, Robert Hughes, Lodge t 4, Edward Morris, Afonfechan; 5, Edward Jones, Flair Station. Cleanest and best kept cottage-I, W. Jones, Lan; 2, R. Hughes, Lodge; 3, C. Hughes, Cefnfaer; highly com- mended, J. Pugh, Pandy; J. Gittens, Owen. Cleanest and best kept cottage, built previous to 1868-1, W. Jones, Tyddynllldiart; 2, E. Morris, Afoafechan highly commended, Edward Morris, Afonfechan, and' Margaret Jones, Alms House; commended, J. Davies, Pftnytont. Best sewn child's shirt-Ellen Davies, Farmhouse. Best knitted quilt-Ellen Jones, Bryncled. MR MIDDLETON'S REPORT. j In handing the report of my inspection of cottage gardens of Llanuchllyn and Liangower ft your ladyship and Sir Watkin, I beg to say that I found the first group as bracketed fully up to average merit, being full of excellent cultivated vegetables and deserving of the highest merit. Group second is slightly improved. Group three is as backward as it can be. All have thinned their crops much better this year, and have better taste and management. Some have excellent improvements in walks and gate- ways and trimming of hedges. One in this matter is specially worth mention in this report, viz., Win. Jones, Tynllidiart. Many of the cottagers have pad some attention *1 to the advice given in report of last year, but I am sorry to say the village gardens are not much im- proved. The uniformity of crops and their excellent cultivation is entirely due to the excellent collection or seeds given by your ladyship in the spring and they point out with pride the varieties grown from the ui. 1 have divided them into three groups. The first group of nine gardens scarcely require any advice in cultivation. The second group of six gardens require a little more attention to cleanli- ness, arrangemtat of crops, variety, dressing of fences, arrangement of paths, and a little better cultivation. The third group of eight gardens have only a few va-ieriea of vegetables, are untidy, and I can only at this time point them to the prize gardens for example. The first two gardens at the almshouse does them great credit. CONCERT. At six o'clock in the evening a concert was held in the tent, in aid of a fund for fixing iron railings round the Parish Churchyard. The tent was filled to overflowing, there being nearly 400 people present, and over .£25 was taken. The singing and playing was very good throughout, but some of the pieces were especially appreciated. Wemay mention "The Robin," sung by Miss Nesta Williams Wynn, which was deservedly encored; in the second part, Mr Roberts, the Schoolmaster; but the great attraction of the evening was Miss Williams Wynn's singing "Taffy was a Welshman," dressed in the national costume of sugar loaf hat, linsey petti- coat, &c., &c., and accompanied by a chorus of little Welsh women, similarly attired, namely, Miss Nesta Williams Wynn, Miss Williams, Gwernhefin, and four little girls from the neigh- bourhood, namely, Kate Thomas, Sarah Ann Roberts, Ellen Jones, and Jane Evans. The audience were fairly carried away, and of course it was rapturously encored, everyone rising and cheering. Mrs O. S. Wynne song Tantivy," with Sir Watkin himself, and the other gentlemen who were staying in the house, singing the chorus, was much admired. Altogether it was a most ex- cellent concert, and closed about 8.30 with God save the Queen," Mrs Williams, the Vicarage, playing the accompaniment, and- Mrs O. S. Wynue singing the solo, everyone standing. We append a programme:— PART I. Pianoforte duet.Mre Williams (the Vicarage) and Miss Smith Glee. "Y Gwlithyn") The Choir Song O rhowch i mi F wth" Miss C. Jones Glee. Sir Knight, Sir Knight" The Choir Song The Robin"Miss Nesta Williams Wynn Song Miss Evans Glee Yr Haf" Tho Choir Song "Holy Friar": Mr Jenkins Song. Hea wlad fynghadau" Miss Williams Wynn Quartette. Comrades in Arms" .Mr Roberts and Co. Song At Last" .Miss Smith PART II. Sons Mrs Evans Lloyd Song Miss Evans Song "Taffy was a Welshman"Miss Williams Wynn Glee. Let the hills resound"The Choir Song. Tantivy" Mrs O. S. Wynne Song Mr Roberts, the schoolmaster Song (accompanied by Violin). Col. aud Mrs Evans Lloyd Duet Mr Jenkins and Miss Smith Glee Canig y Clychau" The Choir Song The Clang of the Wooden Shoon"Mi38 Smith Song. That's where you make the mistake" F. Parmeter, Esq. Glee. "The Huntsman's Chorus" The Choir Finale-God Save the Queen.



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