Garden Club helps National Gallery grow

The Garden Club of Grand Cayman has teamed with the National Gallery and Growing Beauty Nursery to maintain the community gardens surrounding the National Gallery’s 3-acre site.  

Garden Club members last month assisted National Gallery staff and volunteers to replant, water seedlings, preserve nursery stock and help with the general upkeep of the gardens, which feature native and indigenous flora. The club also donated plant material to the project.  

The gardens, designed by local landscape architects Sandy Urquhart and Margaret Barwick in 2012, have flourished in the past three years.  

“The gardens are an integral community space at [the National Gallery] and they are enjoyed daily by students, families and visitors,” said Natalie Urquhart, the gallery’s director. Given the size of the area, she said, it has been a blessing to have support from the Garden Club.  

“We look forward to building a strong relationship with the club and to working with them to maintain the gardens, themselves a work of ‘art,’ in the long-term,” Ms. Urquhart said.  

The individual gardens are named after donors to the National Gallery Capital Project and include Deutsche Bank, John and Carol Owen, Tim Ridley, Henry and Eliza Harford, Desmond and Cathy Kinch, Linton and Polly Tibbetts, Barbara Palmer, Stewart and Dianne Siebens, Atlantic Star Ltd., and Butterfield, with initial plant donations from Arboretum Services Ltd [Dart], Growing Beauty and several private donors. 

Members of the Garden Club at work at the National Gallery garden.