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HAWARDEN HORTICULTURAL SHOW. The annual exhibition of flowers fruit, and vegetables, in connection with the Hawarden Horti- cultural Society, was held on Thursday afternoon, in the grounds of Hawarden Castle, the residence of the Right Hon. W. E. Gladstone, M.P. The society, of which Mr W. H. Gladstone, M.P., is president, has been established mainly for the en- couragement of cottage gardeuiug, and its district is limited to the parish of Hawarden. In the cottagers' class there were 394 entries-inclusive of 46 bouquets by girls and boys-as compared with 348 entries last year. The class was a very credit- able one, especially in vegetables and the simpler kinds of fruit. The following special prizes were awarded:— For the best kept and cropped garden, large size—1, Thomas Williams; 2, Abraham Price; 3, C. Black- burn. For the best kept and cropped garden, smaller size—1, J. E. Williams; 2, R. Adamson; 3, S. Holmes. For the neatest flower garden—1, A. Price; 2, Miss Piercy 3, C. Blackburn and E. Jones. For the best kept and cropped small allotment in the parish-I, Margaret Roberts; 2, Mr Bellis; 3, J. Grice and J. E. Williams. For the best kept cottage—1, A. Price; 2, Thomas Williams 3, C. Blackburn; special, Edward Jones. In the class open to amateurs who do not employ a regular gardener there were 79 entries, as compared with 68 last year. Some excellent fruit and vege- tables were shown, with some few good specimens of flowers. White kidney potatoes—1, Mr Miller 2, Mr Bellis; 3, Mr T. Bailey. White round potatoes—1, Mr Adamson; 2, Mr T. Bailey; 3, Mr G. Spencer. Peas—1, Mr G. Spencer; 2, Mr Miller; 3, Mr Bellis. Spring onions—1, Mr Miller; 2, Mr Adamson; 3, Mr Bellis. Carrots—1, Mr T. Bailey; 2, Mr Bellis. Cucumbers—1, Mr Miller 2, Mr Adamson. Collection of vegetables (six varieties)-I, Mr Miller; 2, Mr G. Spencer; 3, Mr T. Bailey. Three varieties—1, Mr G. Spencer; 2, Mr Bailey; 3, Mr Bellis. Potatoes (four varieties)-I, Mr Miller; 2, Mr Bellis. Celery—1, Mr Miller 2, Mr Bailey; 3, Mr Bellis. Fruit (four varieties)—Mr White, Fruit (two varieties)—Mr White. Dessert apples—1, Mr Wilcock; 2, Mr T, Bailey; 3, Mr Adamson, Kitchen apples—1, Mr Wilcock; 2, Mr Miller; 3, Mr Adamson. Window plants (two varieties)—1, Mr G. Spencer; 2, Mr licketts 3, Mr Miller. Six cut roses, distinct varieties—Mr T. Bailey. Three fuschias, distinct varieties—1, Mr Ricketts 2, Mr Adamson 3, Mr Wilcock. Sample of honey in comb—1, Mr Davison; 2, Mr G. Spencer 3, Mr Bailey. Sample of honey in comb taken from any stock hive- Mr Hughes. The best kept and cropped garden, large size—1, Mr T. Bailey; 2, Mr Miller; 3. Mr G. Spencer. In the class open to general competition there were 67 entries, as compared with 47 last year. The exhibits included some beautiful plants, ferns, and specimens of fruit. The following is the prize list Collection of Plants, arranged for effect in a space 3 feet square—1, Mrs Thomson 2, Miss Davison 3, the Rev. S. E. Gladstone. Basket or tray of fruit, six varieties—1, the Rev. S. E. Gladstone 2, Mrs Burnett. Grapes, two bunches, black and white—1, Mrs Burnett. Collection of vegetables, twelve varieties—1, Mr Johnson 2, Mrs Burnett; 3, Rev. S. E. Gladstone. Collection of potatoes, four varieties, twelve tubers of each—1, Mr Adamson; 2, Mr Thompson; 3, Mrs Burnett. Brace of cucumbers—1, Mr W. Johnson; 2, Mr Miller; 3, Mrs Burnett. Three sticks of celery—1, Mr Miller; 2, Mr Johnson; 3, the Rev. S. E. Gladstone. Twelve cut roses, distinct varieties—1, Mrs Burnett; 2, Mr Thompson. Six cut roses, distinct varieties—1, Rev. S. E. Glad- stone 2, Mrs Burnett; 3, Mr Thompson. Four fuschias, distinct.,varieties—1, Mrs Thompson; 2, Mrs Burnett. Bouquet for the hand (preference given to elegant arrangement, where the crowding of flowers is avoided) -1, Miss Thorn; 2, Rev. S. E. Gladstone; 3, Mrs Thompson. Table bouquet (similar condition)—1, Miss Thom 2, Mrs Burnett; 3, Mrs Thompson. Collection of ferns, six varieties—1, Rev. S. E. Glad- stone 2, Mrs Thompson; 3, Mrs Burnett. Collection of plant*, six varieties—1, Mr W. Johnson. China asters, six distinct colours, two blooms of each—1, Mr Bailey; 2, Mr W. Miller; 3, Mrs Thomp- son. Collection of stocks, six distinct colours, two blooms each-I, Mrs Burnett; 2, Mr Adamson ^5, Mrs Thomp- son. The entries in all classes numbered, in the aggregate, 548. as compared with 463 last year, or an increase of 85. The afternoon was fine and there was a large atteirdance. The Buckley and Hawarden bands played in the grounds. Mr Gladstone went through the show during the afternoon, and mixed freely with the visitors, the majority of whom were, of course, residents in the parish. Shortly before six o'clock. Mrs Gladstone distributed the prizes to the successful competitors in front of the show tent. Mr Gladstone was present during the distribution. After all the prizes had been handed to the recipients Mr W. Johnson, Broughton Hull, proposed a vote ofthanks to Mrs Gladstone for her kindness in disti- buting the prizes. He said that Mrs Gladstone and the family identified themselves with every good work. They were pleased to have in their jiidst that great and good man, whom history would pronounce the finpst statesman the world had ever produced he alluded to the ex-Premier (applause). Mr Thom, Hawarden, seconded the resolution, and expressed regret that there were sofew entries for the prizes for well kept gardens. Mr Gladstone, in reply, said he did not recollect any time when political opinions were more divided, or when those opinions touched greater or more serious matters than at present. England would, however, never be ruined, never even seriously damaged, except by the act of the people them- selves. If the Government of the country were ever carried on to the prejudice or to the damage of England those really responsible would be not merely the Ministry of the day, but the Legislature who gave their confidence to that Ministry, and, above all, the nation who chose those members. So it was of great importauco that the people should do their best to make themselves competent to dis- charge their public duties. The right hon. gentle- also referred to the question of skilled labour, and dwelt particularly upon the importance of hand labour, which he considered had been too much neglected of late years, and in reference to which there exists a great deficiency. Cottage gardening was another subject dealt with by Mr Gladstone.


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