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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])

Hobbins, President
Annual address,   pp. 10-15 PDF (1.4 MB)


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TRANSACTIONS FOR 1870.
feeling continues to exist between the parent and the local societies, as
well as be-
tween the state agricultural and our own society. I wish, gentlemen, that
I could
also congratulate you upon another interesting feature of our society. I
mean the
experimental gardens. AU I can say of them here is that the trees, shrubs,
vines,
plants, etc., are flourishing, but that few additions have been made to them
since
our last meeting.
And now, with your permission I will give you some of the suggestions which
have occurred to me from time to time in relation to the interests and the
future of
the society. We shall want a larger hail for our next annual exhibition,
and I have
little doubt but that we can have it, or, at least, have our present hall
enlarged, if
we ask for it. This is a matter that should be looked to early, for the reason
that
much dissatisfaction was created among the exhibitors nt the last show by
the want
of space, and among the visitors from the same cause. And I would like, now
that the grounds have become the property of the public, to see the building
perma-
nently ornamented with horticultural surroundings, which can be done partly
by
drawing upon our experimental gardens and partly upon your nurseries.
From the great and increasing variety of new fruits presented at our fairs,
par-
. ticularly at the last one, it has become a matter of the greatest importance
that our
committee on Nomenclature should have a considerable addition made to the
num-
ber of its members.  And that it should be required to -name new varieties,
not
already named, but originating within the state, which are entered for competition,
and to correct the errors in naming, always to be found among the old varieties-
and to do this as far as possible before the judges commence their labors
or make
their awards. For various reasons I wish to urge this point. Our premium
list is
always headed with the condition-that all fruits entered for competition
must be
named. Yet at the last show I saw bushels of apples unnamed entered for compe-
tition and premiums awarded to them. I can neither understand how justice
can
be done to exhibitors, or instruction-the great object of such shows-be given
to
the public by such a manner of proceeding. The rule requiring all fruits
entered
for competition to be not only named, but correctly named, should be rigorously
in-
sisted upon by the judges.  It is time that the society began to sweep away
the
confusion of conflicting of names prevailing among our fruits.
Hearing as I have, and as undoubtedly we all have, of the continuous failures
of
fruit tree planters in this state, I have per force, as it were, been led
to think much
of the proper remedy or preventive; and it has occurred to me, again and
again,
that it would be good policy on the part of this society to urge upon the
public, or
at least upon that large portion of it beginning fruit-growing, but not conversant
with horticulture, a different line of practice from that now in vogue in
the selection
of varieties. My own opinion is that a radical change might be made in this
respect
with great profit to all concerned-the legitimate sellers and the buyers.
The policy
ILventure to suggest is this: The planting of such fruit trees, and of such
fruit
trees only, as we know will grow an eatable fruit in any and all the peopled
Farts of
this state. It is almost in vain, as far as I can judge, to try to stop the
indiscrimi-
nate purchasing and planting of fruit trees, now everywhere observable in
this north-
west, by any other and less radical metlod. Tree peddlers and agents easten
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