Flower show impresses judges

This year’s Garden Club of Grand Cayman show Peace, Love and Flowers featured creative and unusual plants that had some visitors speculating. 

As always, plant enthusiast Berna Cummins enthralled and challenged judges with her submissions, which are always delightful. Comments made over a plant perched on the outer edge of a container looked liked something dropped from outer space just for the show. It even smiled when a first place blue ribbon was placed at its base, while visitors could not help but caress the glistening leaves that looked to be filled with liquid.  

A Black Pearl tucked in among the ornamental shrubs looking quite suspiciously beautiful was not judged. But Ms Cummins swears it came from the Cayman Islands Botanic Park gardens and judges must have missed it. Or maybe it travelled to the show on the back of the “Succulent”. 

The designs in the functional table setting were also creative. 

Some of the designs this year included classes in functional table designs in Cherry Red, Whiter shade of Pale and Groovin’ on a Sunday Afternoon. Overall best in show went to Tracey-Ann Scott.  

In Miniature Designs measuring no more than 5 inches in height, width and depth, Selma Silva took top honours. 

The Grower’s Choice Award for Container Grown Flowering Plants went to Bill Innes for his laeliocattleya gold digger in horticulture class.  

Many visitors stopped by the George Town Public Library on Friday to view the array of plants and plant arrangements that boasted vivid colours and scented fragrances. 

In Artistic Crafts, a small standard hat display featured an array of specially designed hat creations. Irene Gut’s Purple Haze decorated with orchids and other dry material won overall best.  

During the exhibition, which lasted all day, visitors purchased plants during the exhibition. 

garden club spider orchid

Spider Orchid – entrant Sue Gibb took first place for this plant.

garden club flower hat

Irene Gut’s “Purple Haze” decorated hats design took first place.

garden club gold digger

A laeliocattleya gold digger grown by Bill Innnis took the Growers Choice and first place awards. – Photos: Jewel Levy