This Display is unique in many ways; a landlord and tenant, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Parks Department and the RHSI combine to highlight the magnificent Regency Walled Garden in Marlay Park with a Display of Sweet Pea and Roses. The 2010 event was extra special in so far as the Sweet Pea cultivar ‘Bridget McAleer’, the Best Vase of Sweet Pea in the Display, was raised by the exhibitor, Chris McAleer, of Balbriggan Horticultural Society. It is named after his wife, Bridget, and featured in the 2010 RHS Trials at Wisley and SNSPS Trials in Glasgow.
Moreover it was also exhibited alongside a vase of ‘Glasnevin’ and ‘Gwendoline’ in Class 4 and together they were the Best Sweet Pea Exhibit. Chris’s ‘Pip’s Maroon’ was first in Class 2 and with ‘Anniversary’ was first in Class 3, while his vase of six mixed (Class 5) was also a first, earning him the Most Firsts award in the Display.
Maria Melvin’s vase of 12 mixed stems (Class 6) and bowl of 20 stems gave her two First awards. John Markham’s single stem of ‘Gwendoline’ with 5 florets, took the First award in Class 1. In the classes confined to growers of 80 plants or less Irene Dixon’s mixed vase was awarded the cup for best exhibit. Niall Coveney took the First awards in the single stem and single vase classes.