A two point six-acre property in Giraudel has been confirmed to be the permanent site where the Giraudel Eggleston Flower show will now be held.
The flower show is a national festival celebrating the floriculture industry and highlighting the art of large-scale cut floral arrangements.
The Show ,which was previously staged on the side of the road, has had to be shelved for several years due to the unavailability of a permanent structure to host it.
With an established site and a recently constructed building now a reality, organizers are planning to re-stage the show from May 18-26.
President of the Giraudel/ Eggleston Flower Growers Group Tephanie (Fanny) Royer is excited about this latest development.
She spoke at a ceremony to officially open the flower show building and to formally launch the 2013 Giraudel/Eggleston Flower Show and Market fair on Thursday.
“Our flower show has found a home. No more shifting of school children and school furniture, no more building and breaking, no more rushing in one weeks time to prepare and breakdown two days after,” said Royer.
Dominica’s Chief Cultural Officer Raymond Lawrence complimented the organizers for their perseverance in keeping the show alive. Lawrence is convinced that the new flower show building will serve to enhance the overall flower show product.
“I am sure your flower show building now gives you a stronger sense in the community. There is now a home for the flower show and in that way you feel a greater sense of satisfaction and commitment and that you can now even take the flower show to a higher level in a way that only the people of Giraudel and Eggleston can do,” said Lawrence.
The Government of Dominica made a financial contribution of $80, 000.00 towards the construction of the flower show building.
Parliamentary Representative for the Roseau South constituency Ambrose George, at Thursday’s formal launching ceremony, announced the further injection of Government funds to the Flower Growers group which will go towards meeting show expenses.
“I have the approval of the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance to announce to you today that an additional $40 thousand dollars will be granted to the Flower Growers Group to meet outstanding payments to the contractor for the building and to assist in meeting expenses related to the hosting of the 2013 Flower Show,” George confirmed.
The Global Environmental Facility (GEF), The Small Grants Program and the Community Management of Protected areas (COMPACT) also partnered with the Giraudel/Eggleston Flower Group in making this year’s flower show a reality.
Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, commended the organizers of the show for creating economic activity in the twin communities of Giraudel and Eggleston through the staging of the show.
“The work of this group must be cited as a national endeavor. We have to support them as a Government to ensure that they can continue to provide that opportunity for all of us to come and marvel at such beautiful plants during the Flower show,” remarked the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister commended the communities of Giraudel and Eggleston for keeping true to embracing a sense of cleanliness.
“I am always very pleased to drive through Giraudel and Eggleston to see the continued keen interest in that spirit of pride, beautification and cleanliness because that makes a huge difference in the way we do business in this country,” he noted.
The Prime Minister further advised that “We must use Giraudel and Eggleston as a model to pattern on”.
Meanwhile the country’s Tourism Minister Ian Douglas is delighted that the flower show is being reintroduced this year. Douglas views the Flower Show as bringing significant economic benefits to the community.
The Minister encouraged residents of the twin communities to take ownership of the Flower show.
“This building is testimony of what the community can achieve against many odds if the people are willing to put their mind and energies to the task,” he said.
The Giraudel/Eggleston show was first held in 1973 and was staged for several years thereafter.
The last show was held nine years ago after heavy wind and rain destroyed the temporary structures where the show was previously held.