Gardeners reap just what they sow at Dahlia Show
SILVERWARE WELL SPREAD OUT AMONG WINNERS AT SUCCESSFUL EVENT
THE DELGANY and District Horticultural Society Dahlia Show was a blooming success recently. The show was held in St. Patrick’s School, Greystones and chairperson of the society, John Markham said the committee were very pleased with the colourful display and were delighted to see the silverware being well spread out.
‘ The rather rainy stormy weather that seemed a daily occurrence in the weeks preceding the show did not in any way lower the quality, colour and diversity of the flower, vegetable, fruit and pot plants exhibits,’ he said.
Trevor Stevenson, Shankill, and John Markham, Greystones, shared the Dahlia Trophies between them with Trevor getting the Thornton Cup for his Waterlily Dahlias and the Bray Cup for the most points. John’s vase of SemiCactus Dahlias won the O’Brien Cup and he retained the Hackett Cup for his vase of Pompons. Ellen O’Neill, Greystones, won the D& DHS Cup for her vase of Mary’s Jomanda in the intermediate dahlia classes. Niall Coveney, Greystones, David Warnock, Greystones, and John Warren, Malahide were also notable first prizewinners here.
John Markham’s Roses were awarded the Sidmonton Salver.
The Society extended a big welcome to John Warren, Malahide, who has supported all three shows this year. His exhibits dominated the Other Flower classes with trophies for best Sweet Pea, best Pansies, best Gladioli and Most Points. Only Hilda Alexander broke the mould with a very fine Begonia pot plant winning the Silver Cup. Other firsts were Paul Cruise, Greystones in Herbaceous and Agapanthus, David Warnock, Greystones, best heather, James Kilkenny, Bray, best Hydrangea.
There was a wonderful display of vegetables and fruit. Once regular exhibitor, Richard Webb, Bray, made a great comeback winning the Society’s Silver Medal for the best Vegetable Collection class with six contenders. Jim Lynch, Bray won the Greystones Cup for a beautiful Onion exhibit and Goulding Cup for a really uniform exhibit of Pears. Bolo Alexander grew the best Marrow ( Delgany Cup). Ruth Handy’s Cherry Tomatoes were best of twelve exhibits (the Mrs Jury Cup) and Paul Cruise’s plate of tomatoes was the best in the other tomato classes (Delgany Cup).
The Points Award was keenly contested with John Warren a mere one point ahead of Trevor Stevenson.
Three exhibitors exhibited Cacti and Succulents with Derek Swan winning the D&DHS Cactus cup.
John Markham said the Society was indebted to all the exhibitors, to a hard working show secretary, Patricia Emms, to a busy Committee and to the Board of Management at St. Patrick’s School.
Cllr. Kathleen Kelleher, Mayor Cllr. Chris Maloney and Cllr. Simon Harris congratulate John Markham on winning the O’Brien Cup for Best Dahlia.