1882 – Royal Horticultural Society Implement Exhibition

Medals awarded at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Implement Exhibition in 1882

In 1882, the firm exhibited at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Implement Exhibition[1], and a general display of garden structures, tools and appliances, which was held in the Society’s gardens at South Kensington between 23rd May and 5th July 1882. The Exhibition was held in conjunction with the Pelargonium Society’s Show, the Grand National Rose Show and The Great Summer Show. The latter being held over the first three days, starting on 23rd May[2].

 

Messenger & Co. Advertisement, Gardener’s Chronicle, 24 June 1882

To attract exhibitors, the Society offered silver and bronze medals in a number of classes, including: –

  • Modes of heating a small conservatory attached to a dwelling.
  • Boilers heating 500 feet of 4-inch piping with or without brickwork.
  • Hot-water piping.
  • Modes of fixing and fitting the same, valves, &c.
  • Plant-house, vinery or orchard-house, span-roofed or otherwise, not exceeding 50 feet in length.
  • Movable plant pits or frames.
  • Improvements in glazing, ventilation, &c.

 

Messenger & Co. Advertisement, Gardener’s Chronicle, 24 June 1882

The firm exhibited at least three items including:

  • A lofty and most elegantly-fitted, 30ft. by 20ft., ¾ span vinery.
  • A small span conservatory, heated using a Loughborough boiler and hot-water pipes.
  • Frames, some of which had glass sides ¾in. thick, particularly suited for plants requiring the maximum of light.

The firm won two silver medals and one bronze. One silver medal was in the “Modes of heating a small conservatory attached to a dwelling” class; the second was in the “Modes of fixing and fitting the same, valves, &c.” class. The bronze medal was awarded in the “Movable plant pits or frames” class.

 

Medals awarded at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Implement Exhibition in 1882

Two exhibition reports appeared in the gardening press; these covered both the firm’s exhibits and that of its competitors, together with all the other classes. Both of these reports appear in full below.

 

Black’s Guide to London and Its Environs, (8th ed.) 1882

 

References:

  1. The Gardeners Chronicle, 27th May 1882.
  2. The Gardeners’ Chronicle, 4th March 1882.