Thursday, October 21, 2010
Some months ago Zwena encouraged us to enter for the inaugural RDS allotment awards, I did eventually enter probably on the last date for posting entries! I am not sure if any or how many of the other plotters entered. I received an email to invite me to attend the awards ceremony held in the RDS in Dublin yesterday.I was dubious about going but then thought I had not been to Dublin for quite a while and booked my train ticket and set off spending some time in the city centre shopping etc before heading out to the RDS showgrounds to the Presidents chamber in the members Club!
I watched the various categories being presented and nearly did a double take when my name appeared on the screen with photos of our plot and my name was called out to go and receive a prize!
I have been awarded the Experienced Gardener Award 2010 with a beautiful silver RDS medal and a cheque for e500. I was absolutely stunned as I seemed to be the only one there who was not aware that everyone present was shortlisted! I had taken my camera with me but with all of the excitement took no photos. There was a press photographer there and we will get photos and they will also be sent out with press releases to the various national newspapers.
I would have to say, as most prizewinners do that the award may have been collected by me but it is recognition for all of the hard work put in by Kathryn,Stephen,Gemma, Sinead,Aoife and not forgetting my chief gardener Kevin so we will have to think of a suitable award ceremony for all concerned.
I had intended doing a post on my Limerick visit but this has over taken that as I am still gobsmacked!!!
You can read about the RDS (Royal Dublin Society) and the allotment awards here