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Source: The Illustrated London News, Sept 8, 1883
Speaking at a flower show at Salisbury last week, Earl Nelson said the surest sign of a well-conducted and happy family among the agricultural community was the cottage window. If the windows showed an array of flowers and a clean gauze blind, they would find the kitchen clean and the children decent. The windows were the index to the character of the occupants. Flowers were a distinct factor in social elevation, and had an influence which conduced to civilisation.—Mr. Dodson, M.P., in distributing the Prizes at Barcombe Flower Show, near Lewes, pointed out to the competitors, who chiefly belonged to the agricultural class, the advantages which the cultivation of a garden offers, not only for occupation of spare time, but as a means of cultivating taste.