“Creativity with Flowers” is the theme under which the Giraudel/Eggleston community will come alive for the 2014 version of the popular Flower Show.
The show is carded for May 3rd, 2014 to May 7th in Giraudel.
Speaking to Dominica News Online on Friday , President of the Giraduel/ Eggleston Flower Group, Stephanie Royer, explained that this year’s show will officially be opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 3rd and a special address from Parliamentary representative of the constituency, Ambrose George.
“The show will start at 10:00 am and the ribbon will be cut by a prominent villager Mrs Linda James who was one of the pioneers in flower arranging,” she explained. “The show will go until 10pm where we will have a display of the different flower arrangements that we arranged creatively.”
A mass at the Giraudel Catholic chapel will open day two of the show. The show will open at 11:00 am on that day.
According to Royer, this year will be the 41st year since the show started, although there was a lapse of nine years.
“This year is 41 years since the first show was held,” she stated “We had a lapse for nine years … last year was the first time in nine years. Previously we would have the show moving from place to place from school to church to community hall to playing field and that would be time and labor intensive.”
Royer pointed out that a specific area has now been set up for the show.
“We call it home to the flower show. The idea is to eventually transform here into a botanical center where members of the community can come and relax and it will also be open to visitors,” she stated.
She added that the show was not financially successful last year however the committee remains hopeful that this year will be better.
“Last year we had some competition because there were a lot of other events going on at the same time all around the island. So this year we have returned to the first weekend in May so we are anticipating a bigger crowd this year,” Royer noted.
She reminded the patrons that there should be no littering and damaging of the plants during the show.
Patrons will be expected to make a contribution to the show of $10 for adults and $5 for children.
A special award will be given to 10-year-old student of the Giraudel Primary school, Tahriq Richards at the opening ceremony for coming up with the theme for this year’s show.