THOMOND Flower and Garden Club’s Helen Cusack blossomed in the heat of competition at the eleventh World Flower Show, winning the silver rosette for her flower arraging skills.
Held every four years the World Flower Show is considered to be the Olympics of flower artistry and Helen faced stiff competition for her second place finish from almost 1,000 competitors from 32 countries that transformed Dublin’s RDS into a wonderland of colour and art for the competition which was held from June 18.
Helen who resides at Larkin’s Cross and works at Lawless Flower Shop on Roche’s Street told the Leader she has been flower arranging for a “long long time”; since she joined Thomond Flower and Garden Club she has been entering competitions ever since.
Helen, a qualified floral demonstrator, expressed delight at “bringing something back to Limerick” from this most prestigious of events and she ecstatically added, “This is my first time entering the World Flower Show and it’s been brilliant, I still don’t believe it myself. It’s fantastic, absolutely fantastic.
“The support has been absolutely tremendous, between all my family and friends, from my club members to members of different clubs. It’s been fantastic with the amount of congratulatory phone-calls and cards.”
Describing her efffort, the Limerick said: “My category was Verdant Bowers and I had to create a stunning display of foliage.
“I was up that morning at 4.30am and I was totally flat out for the day. We were allowed to begin arranging from 6am and we had to be finished by 12noon when the judging commenced. I didn’t get to meet with President Higgins later that evening as I was too tired from the day.”
Limerick was also represented at the event by three members of Limerick Flower and Garden Club, Geraldine Nicholas, Patsy Quinn, who was commended for her entry and Tony Mackessy.
Each of the entrants wished to thank Dan Lawless of Lawless flower shop on Roches Street for his continued support of both Flower and Garden Clubs. Dan’s mother, the late Nancy Lawless, was herself a former All-Ireland flower arranger.
An Post have issued a commemorative orchid stamp to mark the eleventh World Flower Show being held in Ireland for the first time.