Gardeners reap just what they sow at Dahlia Show


Bray People - - ABOUT GREYSTONES -

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.

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