There was a burst of colour at the St Peter Parish Church as the annual Flower and Garden festival got underway this weekend.
Canon Peter Haynes told Barbados TODAY the festival, now in its 17th year, aims to bring more activity to Speightstown during the early part of the year.
“For us at the church it is just after the Christmas season which we call Epiphany, that is the festival of love and festivities and joy and that is why we were here. We seek to minister in a very special way. It’s a festival of celebration,” Haynes said.
There are over 30 arrangements on display during the five-day event.
Haynes said the festival got off to a slow start but he expects increased public interest in the coming days.
“The festival opened on Friday and it runs until Tuesday. It is mainly built around the flowers but we have other activities. We had the festival concert, which was Friday evening; we have the festival and food activities today.
“There is a festival luncheon and there is also floral fusion, which is a demonstration on how to arrange flowers by our florist David Yearwood. This year we brought in five florists from England. We also brought in flowers from England this year because of the drought going on in Barbados are present,” he added.
Apart from the flowers, there will also be entertainment for all, featuring the Royal Barbados Police Force band, the Holetown Harmonites, Tuk Band, the Daryl Jordan Secondary School, as well as calypsonians Blood and Red Plastic Bag.
Haynes thanked the festival organisers, patrons and those who helped to raise the $3000 donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.