Anne, Pansy and Wayne closely inspecting the flowers before packaging occurs.
Off to Chelsea!
Winning gold is plan number one for the Barbados Horticultural Society (BHS) over the coming days, when they participate in the 2017 Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show.
This event will come off in England from May 23rd to 27th. Barbados has participated in this Show for the past 30 years, and during that period has won 18 golds medals, 10 silver guilts and two silver medals.
Shirley Anne Howell, Co-ordinator of the local exhibit for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, said the BHS will be aiming to obtain another gold this year.
“Every year we hope to capture the much sought after gold, and we shall do our best to win another gold this year.”
She added that the BHS’s participation in the event “has benefited Barbados.
“It has helped to put Barbados on the map… Our exhibit is always surrounded, sometimes four and five deep people looking at our exhibit, and they all say this must be Barbados. Always well received.”
Howell was speaking to The Barbados Advocate yesterday at the BHS headquarters, where packing and preparation for the Flower Show was ongoing. She pointed out that the drought experienced locally has had an impact on the flowers acquired. However, despite this, she said they have gotten some lovely plants, and she thanked everyone who has provided the BHS with flowers and foliage.
On this occasion, the BHS exhibit will carry the theme ‘Barbados, This Is How We Live’. It will feature beautiful gardens in front of three different types of local dwelling places. The images of the dwellings are paintings created by local artists Shanika Grimes, Hilary Armstrong and Barbara Delmas. Their work depicts a luxury villa, a plantation great house and a typical chattel house. (MG)