The Garden Club of Grand Cayman is in the final preparations of its 53rd Standard Flower Show and 60th Anniversary celebration.

The event will be held from March 31-April 1 at the South Sound Community Centre and members are looking forward to welcoming entries from the public.

President Ora Hollebon said she is particularly delighted with the efforts from her team.

“I hope this will be one of our greatest flower shows yet,” she says. “We want to celebrate the natural beauty of our sun-drenched islands and what it has to offer. We want our wonderful community to be inspired and excited by our show and we encourage new members and supporters to join [our club].”

Combined with a sale of a wide variety of native trees, shrubs and flowers, the show is sure to appeal to many visitors.

Specific categories include Table Designs (Functional and Exhibition), Miniature and Small Designs, Cut Horticultural Specimens, Artistic Designs, Educational and Youth Exhibits.

Many of the exhibits can be created with everyday objects and, of course, beautiful flowers from gardens. Pieces of driftwood and other items found on the shore can be used to provide stunning backdrops and as additions to a floral arrangement.

Caroline Johnston, publicity chairman for the Flower Show, is hoping that the show will inspire children. With the support of Vigoro Nurseries, the Youth Exhibits are open to anyone ages 18 and under and entries will be split further into age groups. By offering a theme of Miniature Gardens – incorporating native plants and accessories to further enhance the children’s creations – Johnston is hoping for record entries.

“Vigoro has allowed us to use images of their own miniature gardens as examples for the children,” she says.

“They have also offered discounts on the miniature accessories, which are available in their stores, in the run-up to the competition. From tiny pagodas, to deck chairs and sun loungers, children can encapsulate their own creativity and nurture their designs for months to come.”

The pre-registration deadline for all entries is Friday.

The Garden Club of Grand Cayman

Founded in 1957, the aim and purpose of the Garden Club is to promote interest in (and knowledge of) gardening. Its theme is “Keep Cayman Clean and Beautiful.” Membership is open to all, and meetings are held monthly except during July and August. Many beautification projects have been initiated by club members including native landscaping at The Cayman Islands Tourist Association (CITA), a seaside garden at Government House and holiday decorations at Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park.

Upcoming events

April 6 at 3 p.m.

  • Garden tour at Elaine Young’s home
  • Speaker and host: Elaine Young

May 4 at 3 p.m.

  • Farm tour in East End
  • Hosts: Deanna Lookloy and Lucinda Cruickshank

June 1 at 3 p.m.

  • Butterfly Gardening at Jennifer Godfrey’s home
  • Speaker: Anne Stafford
  • Host: Jennifer Godfrey

Further information about the flower show can be obtained from Ora at 925-5531 or Joyce at 929-9979. Details can be found at caymangardenclub.com. The flower show will be open on March 31 from 1-6 p.m. and on April 1 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
The public is welcome.

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