Fin­gal dahlias in full bloom as they wow judges at big Har­ro­gate show

Fingal Independent - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

FIN­GAL flower power was ex­hib­ited at a ma­jor hor­ti­cul­tural show in the UK re­cently when two ex­hibits fea­tur­ing lo­cal green-fin­gered flower grow­ers scored ma­jor suc­cesses.

Christo­pher White, the famed hor­ti­cul­tur­ist from the Naul took the top prize for his dahlias.

Also ex­hibit­ing dahlias at the Har­ro­gate show was a team from Canada with their roots in Fin­gal.

Malachy Byrne who is orig­i­nally from Bal­brig­gan and John Mooned orig­i­nally from Dublin, came from On­tario in Canada where they both now live to com­pete in the show.

Just get­ting to the show proved dif­fi­cult for the Cana­dian pair as John ex­plained: ‘De­cid­ing to at­tend the show was the easy part, mak­ing the box, tim­ing the blooms and trans­port­ing them, that was an­other story!

‘We had to get the box, 30in x 30in x 48in to Toronto air­port, through check-in and cus­toms. The prob­lem with over­size bag­gage was we had to open the box, which was sealed with 1.5” screws and our screw­driver was in our checked bag­gage; we had to bor­row one from a shop. Mean­while, the clock was tick­ing for take-off! We also had to re­quest the cap­tain heat the cargo hold.

‘When we got to Manch­ester, the box would not fit into the first car we hired and we had to go through the en­tire rent­ing process again. The sec­ond car did not have sat nav (GPS), so we had to nav­i­gate our way to Har­ro­gate by ask­ing the lo­cals for di­rec­tions. We were jet-lagged, tired and com­pletely lack­ing in knowl­edge of roads, round-abouts and sig­nage. Whew!’

They even­tu­ally ar­rived at the show and John said: ‘We got there and were quite happy with the qual­ity of what we staged. The English com­peti­tors were gra­cious and help­ful and made us very wel­come! The show was over a 3-day pe­riod and we came away with three se­conds and a bronze medal.’

He com­mended Christo­pher White and the Ir­ish Dahlia So­ci­ety for their in­cred­i­ble per­for­mance at the pres­ti­gious show.

John said: ‘ The Ir­ish Dahlia So­ci­ety should be very proud, hav­ing brought ex­hi­bi­tion dahlia blooms of the high­est qual­ity to com­pete with the elite of dahlia com­peti­tors from the UK and won the ‘Arthur Luck’ tro­phy, which is open to af­fil­i­ated so­ci­eties of the Na­tional Dahlia So­ci­ety, at the Har­ro­gate Great Au­tumn Show.’

Malachy Byrne and John Mooned.

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