There was plenty of colour at Johnstown Castle when the Killinick and District Garden Club held their annual show, displaying an impressive collection of exhibits to the judges and the public.
The show drew a large and diverse crowd, from green-fingered gardeners to those who simply have an interest in the soil, or in the artistic side of flower displays. Children and adults alike enjoyed the day.
The club thanked the EPA for their support as well as their many sponsors, the club committee and all of the exhibitors - members and non members - for their dedication, and for making the event a great success.
As always, there were prizes for some of the stand-out entries in the various classes.
A young Kildare girl, Claire Murphy, claimed the Jim and Rose Hurley Trophy for the best children's exhibit and, in a highly contested school section, the Drinagh Garden Centre Perpetual Shield was won by Sunny Days After School, Piercestown.
Cut flower displays are always a feature of the show and this year was no exception, with Michael Fenlon winning the Ballykelly Garden Centre Trophy for his vase of mixed perennials in the flower Section.
In the family harvest section Mary Forde and Kevin Guth, a couple from Killinick, were awarded the Murphy's Supervalu Rosslare Harbour Trophy for a superb collection of home-grown organic vegetables.
Herbs are grown for culinary, medicinal as well as cosmetic purposes and from an array of entries in the herb section, the Saltees Fish Trophy was won by Ann Jordan. Ann also won the McGuire's Hardware Trophy for the best novelty exhibit with a beautiful miniature posy of flowers.
Growing in popularity, the herbal drinks section really tested the taste buds of the adjudicators and it was a sloe gin entered by Kathleen Talbot that was finally awarded the Joyce's Expert Electrical Trophy.
A large number of entries in the homemade preserves section also tempted the judges when Callie Prendergast's homemade chutney claimed the EPA Cup.
Apples are always plentiful at the Show and this year KDGC's own club president, Rose Hurley, won the Tommy Kavanagh Memorial Cup for best exhibit in the fruit section.
Despite the difficult growing season this year, the vegetable section, which is always popular, contained a remarkable selection of exhibits. Standing out on the show bench was a mouthwatering dish of tomatoes grown by Dylan Ryan. Judged to be the best vegetable and runner-up to best exhibit in show, they won him both the Greenfields Farm and Sofrimar Trophies.
An exquisite orchid was judged as the best pot plant in the show and the Wallace's Garden Centre Cup was presented to Ann Johnson.
Always a big attraction at the show is the section for floral art. Living up to its name, 'Absolutely Fabulous', Paula Hore's design won her the Goff's Centre, Bridgetown Trophy. Paula also won the Murphy's Daybreak, Kilmore Trophy for most points awarded in the show.
The prestigious Mount Eaton Stud Award for Young Gardener of the Year was won by Harvey O'Brien for the second year running. This time, Harvey from Barntown was competing against growers many years his senior and took home this coveted first prize for his sunflowers.
Equally prestigious is the award for the overall Best Exhibit in Show and from well over 300 entries, one exhibit stood out from all the others. This was the collection of organically-grown vegetables staged by Mary Forde and Kevin Guth who were presented with the Colclough Walled Garden Cup.
Plans are already in place for next year's show.
The club is always looking for new members. The group hosts a variety of events throughout the year. Anyone with an interest in gardening is invited to email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.