Organizers of the revived Giraudel Flower Show have said all is in place for the staging of the event and it will be one to remember.
“It is coming on very very well, lots of excitement,” Spokesperson of the Giraudel/Eggleston Flower Group, Elizabeth Alfred, said. “The coordinating committee is very pleased by the support of the community and Dominica in general.”
The twin villages of Giraudel and Eggleston have been known as the ‘flower basket’ of Dominica because of fertile soils, frequent rains and conditions that are ideal for the cultivation of flowers.
The Flower Show, a national festival celebrating the floriculture industry and highlighting the art of large-scale cut flower arrangement, was first held in 1973.
The show has been on the shelf for the past nine years due mainly to the lack of a proper venue to host. In February, a newly constructed venue that will house the show was officially opened, and Alfred said everything is “falling nicely into place.”
Alfred noted that the concept of the show is to highlight the community, its people and their talents. “The whole concept is to give people the opportunity to look at the community, highlight the community, the talents, and flowers that are unique to our community,” she said.
She said there is also an economic side to the show because residents of the community are given the opportunity to sell flowers and vegetables at a market which forms part of the event.
Additionally, she hopes the show will encourage residents of the area to get back into the flower growing business and some of the young people to continue in the tradition of the elders. “We hope that we will get people to go into what is ours, what is natural…you go to functions and you see all these different things,” Alfred stated. “Why can’t we use more of our crotons, our anthuriums, our ginger lilies and bring in some money to our people?”
Alfred said she thinks the show will be a good one. “We’ve worked hard and we put our best into it. It is going to be a good show and I encourage all Dominicans to come and patronize the Giraudel Flower Show,” she said.
The official opening of the show is expected to take place on Thursday afternoon.
It will run from Saturday May 18th to Sunday May 26th under the theme ‘Reviving Our Floral Heritage’.