Barbados’ inscription of Bridgetown and its Garrison as a World Heritage Site has inspired the Barbados Horticultural Society to mount a special display in search of its 16th gold award at the prestigious Chelsea Flower show in the UK this weekend.
Titled Celebrating UNESCO World Heritage – Bridgetown and its Garrison, the display was being constructed today by the Bajan team of Jennifer Weetch, Noreen Bailey, Carol-Anne Brancker, John Leach and Rev. Wayne Ramsay.
A statement from the society today said that group too with them “33 very carefully packed shipping boxes, containing a fascinating variety of blooms and foliage, all generously donated and collected by members of the BHS from private gardens and nurseries around the island”.
“The impressive 14′ x 8′ exhibit features a wide variety of stunning tropical blooms and foliage, beautifully arranged against a backdrop of the historic St. Anne’s Fort and the Parliament Buildings, complete with its soaring Clock Tower; as well as a view of the Garrison Savannah and the Changing of the Guard by soldiers of the Barbados Defence Force in their historic Zouave uniforms.
“The magnificent display represents a vibrantly coloured floral interpretation of a military parade. Red, yellow and orange heliconias, red ginger lilies and tulip gingers stand tall and erect in groupings of colours to portray marching soldiers.
“In stark contrast, three different varieties of pink ginger lilies, pink tulip gingers, anthuriums, orchids and several specimens of foliage recreate the Cenotaph Gardens, situated in the heart of Bridgetown, opposite the Houses of Parliament.”
Having won 15 gold, nine silver-gilt and one silver over 25 consecutive years, the BHS team is “pulling out all of the stops to produce another superbly designed, expertly crafted and stunningly beautiful floral exhibit for 2013”, it reported.