Sunday 25 June 2017

Horticultural show a great success

MALAHIDE HORTICULTURAL Society is celebrating its 70th year in existence this year and it recently held its 69th annual show where prizes were handed out to their green-fingered members who work for months to produce exhibits for the popular show.

In the flowers section, the Major Drummond Cup was won by Phyllis Owens who also took the Ellis Joyce Cup and the Lord & Lady Talbot Cup was won by John Warren, who also took home the Agnes Kirker Cup. John Warren was in the prizes again for his roses, taking the John O'Driscoll Cup. Pat Curtis won the Delaney Cup for carnations while Margaret Hely Hutchinson won the Marian Nurseries Cup in the hardy herbaceous category.

Having won plenty of trophies, John Warren also gave his name to one which was awarded to Maria Melvin, who took hope no less than three cups for her sweet pea exhibits. Not to be outdone, John Warren also picked up a prize in this category for the best vase of sweet pea and the Newgreen Cup went to Michael Burke from Swords. In the fruits section, the Desmond Foley Cup was won by Gay Coghlan and the RHSI medal went to John Harford while in vegetables, Mandy McGroarty won the PJ Fogarty Cup. Also in the vegetables category, Michael Burke took both the Joe Thompson Cup and the Mrs B Dunne Memorial Cup while Sean Brady had the best collection of vegetables and won the J McCreadie Cup. Christopher White triumphed in the potted plants category, taking three trophies, while Gay Coghlan won the best display in this category. In the member's section, John Warren won the MHS Perpetual Cup, Gay Coghlan was awarded the Crystal Glass, Mandy McGroarty won the Kay O'Kane Cup and also the GV Wright Cup. In the cookery and home produce section, Hazel Bolton won both the Balgriffin Ladies Cup and the Ulster Bank Trophy while Breda Duggan won the MHS Cup for her jams. In arts and crafts, the Jennie Williams Perpetual Trophy was awarded to Michael Ryan while the juvenile section of the show was won by Kate Smart from Portrane. Finally, the National Begonia Championship held at the show was won by Geoffrey Porter from Comber in County Down.

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