Barbados has won another Gold medal at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show— its third Gold in a row and latest in a successful record of a total of 18 Golds, nine Silver-Gilt and one Silver in its 28 consecutive years at the London show.
The theme for the 2016 exhibit, This Place Barbados, in a year when Barbados celebrates 50 years as an independent nation, vividly depicts the shape and topography of the island, complete with the country’s 11 parishes, each one represented by different flowers and foliage, surrounded by several quintessential natural features and attractions.
From the vibrant colours of Bridgetown Market and the Oistins fishing village in the south, to the swaying sugar cane and golden rum of St Lucy in the north, visitors to the exhibit can enjoy a visual trip around Barbados that magically reveals the magnificent underground splendour of Harrison’s Cave and the lush botanical gardens found within the fertile tropical interior, including Orchid World, Andromeda, Flower Forest and Hunte’s Gardens.
To recreate the exquisite beauty of their homeland, the team from the Barbados Horticultural Society took with them 72 large packing cases containing a vast array of colourful blooms and foliage of all hues, shapes, sizes and textures.
This year, the Barbados Association of Flower Arrangers, ably represented by Rev. Dr. Wayne Ramsey and Jacqui Ferdinand,also enjoyed remarkable success by winning a Silver Medal in the Sculpture in the Garden section of the show with their beautiful entry entitled Under the Waves.