Flower show doing well despite ‘competition’

A display of flowers at the show
A display of flowers at the show

One of the main organizers of the 2014 Giraudel/Eggleston Flower Show, Stephanie Royer, has said that thus far, the ongoing show has been a success.

Speaking to Dominica News Online on Tuesday morning, Royer said that despite the number of activities that competed with the show over the weekend, a number of patrons turned out to view the displays.

“It has been going very well, quiet, incident free, and from the patrons they appreciated it very much and liked what they saw and the praises were great,” she said. “You expect one or two criticisms but it was good the majority were happy with what they saw and were satisfied.”

The show was officially opened on Saturday morning in the presence of the Prime Minister and other members of Parliament and features various floral arrangements inside the newly constructed Flower House in Giraudel.

“We feel very good,” Royer added “Today we are expecting the school children and tomorrow the senior citizens. All in all we are satisfied the show was good and went well. It is too early to tell if we have made a profit.”

PM Skerrit with his wife and son at the show
PM Skerrit with his wife and son at the show

According to her, the organizing committee expected a larger turn out on Sunday and was pleasantly surprised at the turnout on Monday.

“We were surprised on Monday, because I expected less people,” she stated. “The turnout was good because when we planned the show we did not anticipate those two activities namely Charismatic (Catholic Conference) and the Labor Party Rally, which took away some of the people.”

Royer pointed out that the show was planned early and the committee had no indication that those activities would be taking place.

“We will continue to improve. As we go along we look at different things we analyse, we look at the comments made by patrons and we are improving every year. We give a different show every year. We know that there is room for improvement and we certainly will improve as we go along,” she stated.

The Giraudel/Eggleston flower show celebrates the floriculture industry and highlights the art of large scale cut flower arrangements.

The show was first hosted in 1973.

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  1. Anonymous
    May 8, 2014

    If the community cannot benifit that is very bad for the villages

  2. Justice
    May 7, 2014

    flower shoe committee must stop playing politics. They too red. They must think community first

    • Anonymous
      May 7, 2014

      lol… joke of the century….

    • lmao
      May 7, 2014

      so you mean they too red skin? the majority of ppl that way not red/ shabin nah? or did I read you wrong?

      • cohenval
        May 7, 2014

        The golden girls.

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    • DF
      May 7, 2014

      I wonder who was thinking of community first when there wasn’t a show for 9 years and no one not committee members or other villagers had no opportunity to make a dollar or showcase their talents.

      and I wonder who was not thinking of community first when they put in all those long hours, some days until 2 and 3 next morning, just to have a show for people like you to sit back and run your blow hole.

      and I wonder who was not thinking of community first when the community is given an opportunity to make a contribution and support to make it a success. and
      when the community refuse to support and sit and talk BS like this without a inch of facts it’s no wonder ppl have to make comments like one below that they were disappointed this year.

      • cohenval
        May 7, 2014

        When the flower show first came to Giraudel/Eggleston, the whole communities participated and benefited. Booths were built along the road. They were well decorated. Villagers sold flowers, plants, vegetables, fruits and so on. They made some monies and the visitors got service.
        The last two flowers shows have seen logistics putted into place so that only the Flower group can benefit. Villages are not allowed to build booths on the side of the road. The villagers of Giraudel and Eggleston have been shunned. This have lead to the demise of a once vibrant and Fower show.

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      • May 8, 2014

        If villagers were allowed to build vendors’ stands along the road, where would visitors pack their vehicles to attend the show–are you thinking about that?

        Besides those who make money individually put their money in their pocket or where ever, the money which the committee makes goes to the community for the sake of development–are you thinking about that?

        And if the committee would allow people to have vendors’ stand but they ask to pay a percentage of yours sales, would you be willing to do that? Just think about it.

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      • smh
        May 8, 2014

        they are allowed to make on the roads. but also on the site itself. a contribution is also part of making the booths dont you think or are you thinking to cheap to donate a dollar? you cant build on people land lately without informing and even if they inform whose they say permission will be granted? hence why you have over 2arcs of land to work with and build the booths there. plus doesnt it reduce the congestion of traffic. no one has been shunned they put themselves in that position where there is no longer community spirit. how is it only the flower group benefited? when my mother had a booth and she got ‘her’ profit which pays ‘her’ bills? and not the ‘flower group’ bills

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    • smh
      May 8, 2014

      Nobody playing politics. because the Pm picture up there its politics?? If we were playing red would we allow Joshua Francis many visits to the site even when work was being done? would we utter a word to him? He came numerous times to have a look at the work and was not pushed aside, gave tours of the grounds. Even so leader of the ump visited and was shown accommodation. he wasnt kicked out and told do not visit either. The leading party supports and provided funding isnt it also appreciative to show a welcoming hand?

    May 6, 2014

    Need to see more pictures of the flower show.

  4. river
    May 6, 2014

    the show was much better last year.disappointed

    • differ
      May 7, 2014

      to each his own opinion…

    • smh
      May 8, 2014

      They asked for change, change is given but yet still not appreciated?

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