Dominica`s Floral Splendor: The Giraudel-Eggleston Flower Show 2013

One of the most eye-catching floral arrangements was this map of Dominica, with its 10 parishes outlined in  yellow flowers.

One of the most eye-catching floral arrangements was this map of Dominica, with its 10 parishes outlined in yellow flowers.

It was such a delight to attend the recently resurrected Giraudel-Eggleston Flower Show, which formed  part of  Dominica`s Tourism Awareness

The annual Flower Show is held in May and is located in the heart of the village of Giraudel

The annual Flower Show is held in May and is located in the heart of the village of Giraudel.

Month. I am no gardener, but I do appreciate those who toil to grow plants for  both pleasure and purpose.  It appears that these two mountain villages (over 1,000 feet above sea level) have not only the right growing conditions, but also a dedicated group of people who make up the Giraudel-Eggleston Flower Growers Inc.  When I toured their site on the afternoon of Saturday May 25th, I was definitely impressed with their talents! About 1,000 others also took in the wonderful floral  exhibits during the previous week.  I hope that large numbers did attend the last two days  of the event after me ,before it closed on Sunday evening.

I did not expect a private guide, but as it was early in the afternoon and relatively quiet, Flower Grower member Susanne Blanc took me around the two and a half acre property.  Along with telling me something about almost every area on the site, she took the time to relay  its history and recent developments.

The Flower Show had not been around for the last nine years due to the destruction of the temporary building during heavy rains. But now they were overjoyed to have a permanent place, property, flower beds and a big greenhouse for cultivating their plants.  She noted that the Government of Dominica had played an integral role in assisting their organization to become fully operational.  As well, other international bodies such as the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), and the Community Management of Protected Areas (COMPACT) also came to their aid.

This corner of the Flower House paid tribute to the late Marvlyn Robinson, an active member of the Flower Growers`Group and staunch supporter of cultural activites in Dominica.  Portrait by Giraudel  artist Caesar Catin.

This corner of the Flower House paid tribute to the recently deceased Marvlyn Robinson, an active member of the Flower Growers`Group and staunch supporter of cultural activities in Dominica. Portrait by Giraudel artist Caesar Catin.

This joint community effort is certainly to be admired.  Both men and women from the two villages contributed to the success of the Flower Show in various ways.  Some people brought their flowers, others arranged them, administrative matters were managed, knowledgeable builders, farmers, tradespeople and home makers came together to proudly display their `claim to fame’`as the “Flower Basket“ of Dominica.

Giraudel`s new Flower Show building is beautifully adorned by village  artist Caesar Catin.

Giraudel`s new Flower Show building is beautifully adorned by village artist Caesar Catin.

Near the Flower Growers`Building, a wedding display portrays the potential of celebrating nuptials in such natural beauty!

Near the Flower Growers`Building, a wedding display portrays the potential of celebrating nuptials in such natural beauty!

While I am not proficient in recalling the names of most plants, Susanne did tell me about some of them more than once. She did kindly confirm some plant names for the pictures in this post.  However, any additional comments from knowledgeable gardeners or horticulturists are welcome!

There is nothing like a little garden appreciation time to lift one`s spirits. I felt rejuvenated after viewing these beautiful floral exhibits.

Susanne really did tell me the name of this pretty purple flower more than once.  If anyone can remind me via a comment, it would be very much appreciated!

This pretty purple flower is called Agapanthis or African Lily . Reference: Susanne Blanc.

I hope you will enjoy this sampling of some of the beautiful floral displays as much as I did!

Plentiful Nature Island bouquets welcomed me to the Giraudel-Eggleston Flower in May 2013.Show

Plentiful Nature Island bouquets welcomed me to the Giraudel-Eggleston Flower Show in May 2013.

Horticulturists and nature lovers should mark their calendars to come to Dominica for the annual Giraudel-Eggleston Flower Show, and partake of numerous other activities that are offered each May during Dominica`s Tourism Awareness Month, as well.  On this stunning island, nature, culture and adventure go hand in hand!

* Thanks to Susanne, for taking the time to tell me all about the Giraudel-Eggleston Flower Growers Inc. and for the detailed tour of the property.

** Giraudel is about a 20 minute drive south (and inland) from Roseau.  Ask your hotel for specific directions and information.

Anthurium lilies are my favourite flowers in Dominica.  I regularly buy bunches of them at the Roseau Market on Saturdays. they grow prolifically in the rainforest.

Anthurium lilies are my favourite flowers in Dominica. I regularly buy bunches of them at the Roseau Market on Saturdays. They grow prolifically in the rainforest.

Vibrant ginger lilies  are a common flower in Dominica.  They last well in a vase too!

Vibrant ginger lilies are a common flower in Dominica. They last well in a vase too!

Pretty Dahlias and other n`northern`flowers grow well in Giraudel`s cooler, moist climate.

Pretty Dahlias and other northern flowers grow well in Giraudel`s cooler, moist climate.

These flowers, called Alstromeria or Peruvian Lilies complement many arrangements.

These flowers, called Alstromeria or Peruvian Lilies complement many arrangements. Reference: Susanne Blanc.

Marvelous Heliconia - in reds, greens and yellows thrive in the rainforest.  Some of this species are endemic to Dominica.

Marvelous Heliconia – in reds, greens and yellows thrive in the rainforest. Some varieties of this species are endemic to Dominica.

Neat and tidy flowers beds were planted by Desmond`s Landscaping Plus of Eggleston : (767) 276-6774 or 614-2607.

Neat and tidy flower beds were planted by Desmond`s Landscaping Plus of Eggleston : (767) 276-6774 or 614-2607.

Queen Anee`s Lace grows very well around Giraudel.  It reminds of me of summer fields around my late parents`home in Canada.

Queen Anne`s Lace grows very well in Giraudel. It reminds of me of summer fields around my late parents`home in Canada.

Amazingly, cacti can thrive in the mountainous tropical climate, with proper tending and well drained soil.

Bromeliads  are at home in the rainforest, but the Flower Growers know how to care for  them too.

Delicate orchids are found in the rainforest.  They can be successfully cultivated with lots of TLC.

Delicate orchids are found in the rainforest. They can be successfully cultivated with lots of TLC.

Amazingly, cacti can thrive in the mountainous tropical climate, with proper tending and well drained soil.

Amazingly, cacti can thrive in the mountainous tropical climate, with proper tending and  soil with good drainage.

Another attractive flower bed by Desmond`s Landscaping Plus.

Another attractive flower bed by Desmond`s Landscaping Plus of Eggleston.

To lift one`s head above the flowers gives an appreciation for the mountainous terrain.  In this photo, a northerly view from Giraudel.

To lift one`s head above the flowers gives an appreciation for the mountainous terrain. In this photo, a northerly view from Giraudel.

So many different varieties of flowers thrive in the Giraudel-Eggleston area.

So many varieties of flowers thrive in the Giraudel-Eggleston area.

In my opinion, they all are!  Congratulations to the Giraudel-Eggleston Flower Growers Inc.  on a very successful show!

Yes indeed, Dominica is a natural beauty! Congratulations to the Giraudel-Eggleston Flower Growers Inc. on a very successful show!

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8 comments on “Dominica`s Floral Splendor: The Giraudel-Eggleston Flower Show 2013

  1. Susanne Blanc says:

    The ‘pretty purple flower’ is agapanthus, also known as African lily or lily of the Nile (although it comes from South Africa, not the Nile area at all!), and the other whose name escaped you is alstroemeria, also known as Peruvian lily.
    I am glad that you enjoyed your visit – I enjoyed chatting with you, and your obvious love of Dominica, which I share.
    I have printed your article to show other group members and our many volunteer helpers – appreciation makes all the hard work worthwhile, so thanks!

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    • gwendominica says:

      Many thanks Susanne. I will amend the relevant photos presently. It was a pleasure to write about the Flower Show. I am sure I am not alone when I state that the hard work of the Flower Growers and the volunteers gave many people pleasure. I look forward to next year`s display!

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  2. Your beautiful photos always get my week off to a great start 🙂

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    • gwendominica says:

      Thanks Rachel. You have made my day! Garden appreciation isn`t quite like the buzz of Las Vegas, but I think this diversion, in a Nature Island way, had the same results as your awesome vacation! It was a great mental break to take in all those gorgeous flowers, even if only for an hour. : )

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  3. Nature says:

    I read your blog and absolutely loved it. Your passion matches that of the people who worked hard to put the show together. Your reaction and appreciation for the work done, I am sure, will bring joy to the hearts of the Flower Growers and proud villagers of Giraudel.

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    • gwendominica says:

      Many thanks for your kind words. I do really appreciate the hard work of the Flower Growers group. Yes I do feel passionate about promoting this fine effort, as well as the beauty that is found on the Nature Isle.

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  4. Dolores Fielding says:

    I live on St. Croix where I grow tropical flowers. I will be visiting Dominica the first week in March, 2014 and would love to purchase rhizomes, especially for heliconia and ginger. Please help me with sources, as well as the process for taking them to an American territory.

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    • gwendominica says:

      Dear Ms. Fielding,
      I do not know anything about the process – nor do I grow them. I just appreciate them as a writer and an enthusiastic supporter of the Giraudel/Eggleston Flower Growers Group Inc. and their annual floral celebration. I expect that if you do a search online you should find relevant information – perhaps the Ministry of Agriculture is a good start – they would be found in the Government of Dominica web site.
      Best wishes. Gwendominica

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