The Garden Club of Grand Cayman is getting set to celebrate its 60th anniversary with a two-day Flower Show at the South Sound Community Centre this weekend.

The show runs from 1-6 p.m. on March 31 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 1. Admission is free and all are welcome.

“We are excited for the public to come out, relax and take in the rich history and culture of the Garden Club and its beautiful flowers,” said Ora Hollebon, the club’s president.

At the show, a video of the history of the Garden Club will also be shown.

The show will also feature an array of orchids and flowering plants and the wide range of fruits and vegetables on island.

The committee has selected some of it most popular themes used in the show since it began in 1961. “Flowers in Praise” aims to showcase ornamental flowering trees and plants, with subsections for “Cayman the Beautiful,” specimens of trees such as ylang ylang, broadleaf and lucky nut; “Rainbow of Flowers,” cut stems of, for example, shell ginger, periwinkle and ground orchids, as well as cut examples of foliage plants for the themed “Show Time” division and the “Flowers of the Friendly Isles” displaying ornamental shrubs.

For enthusiasts of container-grown flowers, the section “Spring Explosion” will demonstrate the beauty of gardeners’ favorites such as the begonia, bougainvillea and gardenia. “Living in Paradise” will highlight the aesthetic appeal of container-grown foliage plants such as crotons, ferns and palms, and “Marathon of Flowers” has been created specifically for orchids.

As with all Flower Shows, creativity is of the utmost importance, organizers said. This year’s extravaganza features nine classes for creative design. Semiformal table and informal tray arrangements, miniature designs, measuring no more than 5 inches in height, and small designs not exceeding 8 inches will be delicately crafted, and there will be reflective designs, sculptural forms and creative lines.

“This year’s theme for budding gardeners aged between 3 and 18 is ‘A Salute to Nature,’ consisting of lovingly tended miniature dish gardens, terrariums or desertariums,” organizers said.

The age range will be divided into juniors, 3-7 years; intermediate, 8-12, and high school, 13-18.

The show will also include the popular Garden Club of Grand Cayman’s plant sale.

Florists are encouraged to submit their designs in a variety of classes to give enjoyment and inspiration to other attendees, and visitors are encouraged to leave a donation, which will enable the club to continue providing its services around the island.

Ms. Hollebon said future project of the garden club will involve landscaping the garden of the Boys Scouts Building on Middle Road, George Town, and the four private gardens at the new Cayman HospiceCare building on West Bay Road.

The club have also set aside funds to help with the Children’s Garden at Queen Elizabeth 11 Botanic Park, now under construction.

The Garden Club, founded in 1957, promotes interest in and knowledge of gardening and all things related to the enjoyment of the natural beauty of the Cayman Islands.

Membership is open to all, and meetings are held monthly except during July and August.  For information on the Garden Club, visit caymangardenclub.com or call 925-5531.

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