Gardeners and horticulturalists of
all stripes are converging on Market Road in Camana Bay today and tomorrow for
the Garden Club of Grand Cayman’s 55th annual Flower Show.
The two-day event is looking to
emphasise Cayman’s native plant species be it for residential or commercial use
said the club’s president Rob Bennett. He also added that promoting native
florals, shrubbery and trees was being supported by the Queen Elizabeth II
Botanic Park and the Native Tree Nursery. The initiative is being spearheaded
by the Department of the Environment and Mr. Bennett said the department would
display native plants and that this is an awareness raising exercise.
Members of the club and green
fingered gardeners will be entering their exhibits for judging the in Artistic
Design and Horticulture divisions. This year the first day will run until 8pm
rather than closing at 5pm to allow workers to attend.
Many attendees will be looking
forward to this afternoon’s flower arranging demonstration by Frank Laning at 3.30pm.
He is an honorary member of the Garden Club and the floral manager at the
Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.
Among his many affiliations, Mr.
Laning is a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers, the Professional
Floral Commentators International and the Society of American Florists.
Mr. Laning’s floral talents and
contributions were featured on the Discovery Channel show Home Matters and CBS
He has also designed floral
arrangements for five presidential inaugurations and was the personal florist
for President Clinton and Senator Clinton.