IT HAS BEEN 88 years since the Barbados Horticultural Society held its first Flower and Garden show.
And last weekend’s show was one of the best, boosted mainly by the replica of the Barbados Horticultural Society’s (BHS) gold-award winning Chelsea exhibit Gully Adventure, said president Orson Daisley and first vice-president Jennifer Weetch.
Weetch, the organiser of the show, said the show’s popularity was evidenced by an increase in the number of vendors who took up stalls at last weekend’s event.
“Even with the economic downturn people were very keen to come and sell their wares and people were buying, so it was a win-win situation,” she said.
The increase was especially seen among vendors who were selling plants.
“I think [Saturday] was hyped. People were walking out with lots of plants and crafts and the vendors were happy with what they did. In the hall with the Chelsea display and the flower arranging display were so well,” Weetch added.
BHS president Orson Daisley said the feedback from patrons to the show and the Chelsea exhibit was positive.
“People are saying it was one of the better things the Horticultural Society has done at Chelsea.”
Meanwhile, president of the Barbados Association of Floral Artists, Maurice Webster, said all the arrangements on display were the creative works of the society’s members.
In addition, all the material and blooms were local, he stressed.
However, he said he had hoped that more of the society’s 20 members would have exhibited floral arrangements.
“We had a workshop and it was well attended and I had thought that more of our members would have come out,” he said, adding he was, however, pleased with the creativity of some of the exhibits. (HLE)