Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Transactions of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society. Proceedings, essays and reports at the annual winter meetings, held at Madison, Feb. 1, 2 and 3, 1870 and Feb. 7, 8 and 9, 1871
(1871 [covers 1870/1871])
Leitch, W. T.
Address of welcome, pp. 9-10 PDF (388.0 KB)
Annual address, pp. 10-15 PDF (1.4 MB)
10 WISCONSIN STATE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY. and shrubs, and who by experiments and study shall ascertain and point out to them the fruits that will grow and thrive in this state, and shall teach how to grow and care for them, so that they can plant with a certainty of eating of the fruits thereof in due season, will be entitled to the eternal gratitude of the people of the state of Wisconsin; and the benefactions which this and kin Ired societies, if true to their vocation, may bestow in wealth, happiness and comfort upon the people of this noble commonwealth are incalculable. Appreciating to the fullest extent the labor you have to perform, and believing that the members of the State Horticultural Society are possessed with the noble zeal to worthily perform it, the members of the Madison Horticultural Society bid you welcome to this city-knowing that your discussions will instruct and encourage us in our work It is with great pleasure that I inform you that the Madison Horticultural Society was never in a more prosperous condition than at the present time. The interest in its work and discussions is constantly increasing in this community. During the last year we have had large accessions in membership, many of them of much scientific and practical knowledge of horticulture. At our public exhibitions there has been constant increase in the number of exhibitors of plants, flowers and fruits'. and we believe we can with truth say that the evidences of our work can be seen in the increasing beauty of our city and the homes of our citizens. Then, with the fellowship of a common object, we offer you the right hand of brotherly greeting-trusting that your brief sojourn here may be as pleasant and agreeable to you, as we know it will be profitable to us. President HOBB1Ns briefly responded, and read his ACNICAL ADDRESS. Gentlnten .-In looking over the reports of several state horticultural societies for the past year, I find that I have been trespassing upon your good nature by the lengthiness of my annual addresses. Thus admonished, and more especially as I have nothing to present to your notice on this occasion requiring anything more than ordinary consideration, my address to-night will be as brief as custom can demand. Then, gentlemen, to commence with, let me congratulate you as a society upon your last exhibition, which, in spite of an almost unprecedented wet season, prece- ded by an equally unprecedented season of drought and an almost snowless winter, was distinguished by a better collection of fruit than ever before exhibited in this state. The marked feature, however, of the exhibition, to horticulturists, was the great variety of good and new fruits originated within the state-fruits eliciting the highest praise and expressions of astonishment, again and again repeated, from Dr. Warder and from members of our own society. I would also offer you my congratulations upon the very complimentary manner in which your last year's dis- cussions and papers have been received by the horticultural press and the public. Such a report as your last is a credit, an honor, and a material service to the state' Nor is it less a mater of congratulation that the most friendly and harmonious
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