Plant aficionados and aspiring horticulturalists gathered last weekend at the Balls Plantation, Christ Church for the inaugural Garden Fair hosted by the Barbados Horticultural Society and Premiere Events.
Patrons were thoroughly educated on their herbs, flowers and produce, as they participated in live demonstrations on container gardening, flower arranging, fertilizers and insecticides. The 48 exhibitors catered not only to those with a green thumb but also facilitated local organic skin care lines, fashion, garden décor and furniture. One of the highlights of the fair was the urban garden, which caters to persons living in densely populated spaces or those who possess limited space for farming.
Show director Jerry Ishmael told Barbados TODAY the objective was to get people interested in gardening and also create an appealing summer attraction for enthusiasts and tourists.
“You go through a drought and the rain comes back in June and Barbadians tend to like to get their gardens out for Independence and Christmas, so this is the time to start,” he said.
“We are looking at making it . . . the feature summer show of the horticulture industry in Barbados,” Ishmael said, adding that due to the island’s popularity at the internationally acclaimed Chelsea Flower Show locals and tourists flocked to such events.
Ishmael noted that much like today’s ever-evolving society, the horticultural industry in Barbados needed to advance. He indicated that the garden fair sought to attract young professionals in the 29 to 35 age group who were looking to improve and beautify their homes and pick up a new hobby in the process.
“The Barbados Horticulture Society is 90 years old; societies are not the same today as they were 90 years ago,” he said, adding “I was talking to a number of people . . . in the 25 to 35 age group [who said] they don’t party like their parents partied when they were that age. They are more into entertaining at their homes . . . and are interested in the garden.” (KK)