It was such a delight to attend the recently resurrected Giraudel-Eggleston Flower Show, which formed part of Dominica`s Tourism Awareness
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 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.
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.
I hope you will enjoy this sampling of some of the beautiful floral displays as much as I did!
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.