Celebrate Earth Day at the botanic park

The orchid boardwalk at the Botanic Park.

North Side’s Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park will be marking Earth Day with a family friendly fair and plant sale this weekend.

“We are very excited about this year’s Earth Day Fair at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park and are especially pleased to welcome local vendors to the Park to showcase their environmentally conscious products,” said Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park manager John Lawrus, noting the fair takes place on Sunday, April 24.

“I think we can learn a lot more on how to reduce, reuse and recycle here in Cayman.

“There will be a huge plant sale at our nursery from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. with all one-gallon potted plants costing only $5 and three-gallon potted plants are only $8,” added Mr. Lawrus.

“It’s a great time to buy before our rain season approaches.”

There is guaranteed to be something for everyone at Sunday’s event, with all day music on the lawn from Cayman Cowboy, Dexter Bodden.

Mr. Lawrus reports that fair participants include a host of eco-conscious food purveyors, like Saucha Conscious Living, offering organic Kombucha, Cayman Spirits with locally made drinks, and Willies Fresh Fruit and juices. Vivo Restaurant will be offering free organic food samples and Couxcoux will be providing locally made coconut products.

“And, of course, great jerk food throughout the day,” said Mr. Lawrus.

GreenTech Solutions will offer educational material on how to go green, and in the spirit of reducing, reusing and recycling, the Book Nook will be selling used books.

Child-geared activities and vendors include Paradise Pixies face painting, and the Garden Club of the Cayman Islands will have a discovery table for the children at the park’s Visitor Centre and a display of recycled trash into art.

“Children can pot up their own potted plant and play on the lawn with our natural created games,” Mr. Lawrus said.

The park will also be offering free blue iguana tours from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., as well as guided nature tours at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. with Stuart Mailer of the National Trust.

Admission to the fair is $5 for adults and admission is free for kids under 16.
For more information, call 947-9462 or email [email protected] The link to the event can also be viewed at www.facebook.com/QEIIBotanicPark/.