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