Dahlia show goes on in spite of horrid weather
HORTICULTURE FLOWER DISPLAY HELPS BRIGHTEN THE WEEKEND MOOD
THE WEATHER was one of the main topics of conversation at the Delgany & District Horticultural Society’s Dahlia Show, which went ahead against the odds last Saturday at St. Patrick’s N.S.
There was a smaller attendance than normal but those present enjoyed the colour and vibrancy of the dahlias, the many other flowers, pot plants cacti and the extensive display of vegetables, tomatoes and fruit.
George Jones, Mayor of Greystones, came along to congratulate the Society on the excellent turnout and to award the trophies.
Over 40 vases of dahlias brightened up a gloomy rainy Saturday with Trevor Stevenson, Loughlinstown, and John Markham, Greystones, sharing the silverware.
Trevor’s vases of Gateshead Festival and Bracken Ballerina were much admired and he won the points race, and received the O’Brien Cup, D&DHS SF Cup and Bray HS Perpetual Trophy for the best decorative, best other dahlia and most points respectively.
Jimmy Kilkenny from Bray and Niall Coveny from Greystones also kept the other gardeners on their toes. Niall grew the best vase of five ball dahlias and also displayed the best vase of ten flowers.
Ellen O’Neill, Blacklion, and Trish Walsh, Applewood Heights, enjoyed growing for the newcomer class with a gor- geous vase of Ellen’s taking the Fairfield Salver.
The late Joan O’Regan, Killiney, was a regular cacti and succulent exhibitor at the Delgany shows for forty years or more and her daughter Mrs. O’Regan-Doyle donated a large tray of Joan’s plants to the Society. A raffle was held for the plants and St. Luke’s Hospital will receive a cheque in coming weeks.
Niall Cowley with his prize winning exhibition of a vase of ten dahlias.