Daf­fodil Day a great suc­cess

Bray People - - ABOUT GREYSTONES -

THE DEL­GANY and District Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety's an­nual Daf­fodil Show and Plant Sale will take place in the Old School­house, Del­gany from 3pm to 5 pm on Satur­day. So­ci­ety Chair­per­son, John Markham, says there will be a world-class dis­play of daf­fodils to be seen and a visit to the show should not be missed. ' The re­mark­ably mild weather we have en­joyed means that gar­dens are teem­ing with daf­fodils, other spring flow­ers, veg­eta­bles and won­der­ful pot plants. All will fea­ture at this show.'

The so­ci­ety can trace its roots back all the way to 1877 when shows were held in a mar­quee in the grounds of Belle­vue House. In the early 1940's Mrs. Tur­ton, whose Dad was a for­mer Rec­tor in Del­gany, re­called such events for the Del­gany Guild of the ICA and felt they would make life a lit­tle brighter dur­ing the War years and raise funds for the anti-tu­ber­cu­lo­sis cam­paign then un­der way. On Fe­bru­ary 14 1944 the Guild 'dis­cussed whether the ICA would run a fete on 15 Au­gust for the anti-tu­ber­cu­lo­sis fund'. Shows have been held in the Del­gany/Grey­stones each year since then. In 2010 the Del­gany Guild cel­e­brated its 70th an­niver­sary and will com­mem­o­rate this an­niver­sary by pre­sent­ing the 'ICA Del­gany Guild 1940-2010 Cup' to the best ex­hibit of Daf­fodils in this com­ing Del­gany Show. Cur­rent Guild Pres­i­dent, Mau­reen Beirne, will present this Cup for the first time.

For the sec­ond year run­ning the So­ci­ety will wel­come back the flower ar­rangers with mem­bers of Grey­stones, Bray and neigh­bour­ing Flower Clubs pulling out all the stops for ar­range­ments to the Theme 'Spring Awak­en­ing'. The Myra Stokes Salver for best ex­hibit, Hazel Man­ning Cup for most points and The Bud­ding Cup will be awarded to the best new­comer in these classes.

Whether you have a pass­ing or greater in­ter­est in the gar­den this Show is bound to pro­vide some­thing of in­ter­est and the So­ci­ety's Plant Sale al­ways is al­ways worth in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

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