The South Sound Community Centre was bustling with activity as exhibitors and visitors admired the beautiful creations on display at the Garden Club’s 60th anniversary flower show.

The event on March 31 and April 1 was well attended by locals and tourists interested in viewing the impressive designs, specimens of island flowers and a wide range of children’s entries, according to a press release.

Among the winners were Berna Cummins, who took home the award of Horticultural Excellence and the Sweepstakes award for most points in horticulture. Sheila Mackenzie earned the award for Design Excellence.

An evening reception was held with the club’s patron, Governor Helen Kilpatrick, who congratulated the winners.

Ora Hollebon presented the President’s Awards to several members who devoted their time to the club and its causes.

Jill Wood received an award for raising money for the new Children’s Garden at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, and Martin Freifeld was recognized for his photography at Garden Club events and the development and running of the website. Faye Lippitt earned an award for her work keeping in touch with members unable to attend events, Anita Hartwell was recognized for her Horticultural expertise and Carole Jones earned recognition for organizing the club’s social events.

Many of the exhibits received honorable mentions for the work involved in their execution, and the club was particularly thrilled with the large number of children’s entries from Cayman Prep and High School, Clifton Hunter High School, Cayman International School and John Gray High School.

George Town Primary School students Rianna Rankin, Jacob Kelly Johnson and Kristina Forbes, all aged 10, created a decorative basket made from woven newspaper strips to hold an array of flowers all made from recyclable paper and cardboard.

“Ten of us made it, and we were specifically chosen by our teacher for the task,” Rianna and Kristina explained. “It took us around three days to complete the work.”

On Jacob’s initiative, the school will hold a dress down day to raise money for the Children’s Garden now under construction at the Botanic Park.

“I am delighted with the enthusiasm and imagination of the children who have participated,” said youth exhibits chair and consultant Caroline Johnston.

“In my eyes, they are all winners and should be proud of their achievements. I’m looking forward to the next flower show already and the creations that will be entered.”

The event also featured a retrospective of the Garden Club’s history, and a commemorative DVD narrated by Berna Cummins, Ora Hollebon and Jill Wood was produced for the occasion.

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