All set for Giraudel/Eggleston Flower Show

The event is well known for its beautiful floral arrangements
The event is well known for its beautiful floral arrangements

“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.

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21 Comments

  1. Marita
    April 28, 2014

    I am travelling to DA for this event, actually I am part of a group of eight and we are excited. We have read and heard so much about this event and have planned to experience it for ourselves. We cannot wait we will be there for the entire duration, do hope we meet.

    Congratulations to the organisers, is in order, for the many reviews have painted the picture to expect so well, and do continue the good work

  2. Say what?
    April 28, 2014

    I can’t wait. I love going to the Flower Show. I get to buy plants at a good rate. :) And my sons love it also.

  3. cohenval
    April 27, 2014

    At the last Flower Show, prime Mister Skerrit promised $20 000 to the Giraudel Flower Group. To date none of that money have been received. I look forward to hearing what he has to say this Flower Show.

  4. April 27, 2014

    TO ADMIN: It is Mrs. Linda James that is cutting the ribbon, and it is Tahriq Richards that will be getting a special award for choosing the theme.

  5. J.. F...
    April 26, 2014

    Good news. I will be on island for this years show for the first time ever. Can anyone tell me if plants are for sale ?? And exactly where do I have to go in Giraudel/Eggleston.

    • Anonymous
      April 27, 2014

      On the site, in the booths, yes flowers will also be on sale.

    • Giraudel
      April 27, 2014

      yes they will have plants and u can go on th site to see the displays and get all the flowers u need… Its near th credit union

    • Anonymous
      April 27, 2014

      Yes there will be plants, and we will have proper signs as well as traffic police. the flower show site is close to the Credit Union. you cant miss it!

    • J.. F....
      April 28, 2014

      Thank you all for the information.

  6. Desmond
    April 26, 2014

    I wish you guys all the best oh what a pitty I cant be there but will be in spirit, hope its a huge success for all

  7. Teresa
    April 26, 2014

    Does Dominica export flowers? That is a good source of income. A few years ago I was in East Africa and was blown away by the abundance of the same flowers we grow here. I passed that colorful sight twice a day going to and from work, and my chauffeur told me that they had a rollicking export trade with Europe and Canada, shipping flowers 3 times a week. It got me wondering whether we do the same. Giraudel does produce some gems.

  8. April 25, 2014

    I need to know on what day(s) will the plants be for sale.

    • Anonymous
      April 27, 2014

      All week long, specifically on the first 2 opening days and the last day.

    • Anonymous
      April 27, 2014

      Plants will be available from the Saturday from vendors on the site.

  9. April 25, 2014

    I love the idea of a “Botanical Garden”. Let us hold to that idea so that our hope can become manifested.

    I won’t be there again, this year. But I pray that not too long from now–and by God’s Will–I will always be there to work with you, dear Stephanie Royer and your group of organizers.

    Keep your strength and desire for the sake of our Giraudel and Eggliston–as God is blessing you to do so. And most of all, let us also hope that the younger generation will be there to take over this beautiful fair of ours–if and when we are gone.

    Blessings to all, there at Giraudel and Eggliston. from Elizabeth Lina Xavier; your longtime teacher at the Giraudel Government School.

  10. Bouyon
    April 25, 2014

    I’m from Giraudel living in London, I remember/experience the show up to the late eighties. Oooh what fascinating displays and community spirit. Keep the show going. Hope to be back some day. I miss my beautiful villages. Love you guys.

  11. abroad
    April 25, 2014

    So happy that its back on. Wish I was home. Its a great past time

  12. Anonymous
    April 25, 2014

    its Mrs. Linda James who will be cutting the ribbon

  13. Giraudelian
    April 25, 2014

    I am proud of the creativity I know that will be on display. I look forward to feasting my eyes – enjoying the beauty created by God.

  14. Homecoming
    April 25, 2014

    Ohh I love our Flower Show…brings back good memories of strength and togetherness in the community. So annoyed that i’m missing it again this year. Good luck guys.

  15. roseau
    April 25, 2014

    Very nice to see the flower show back on, Giraudel/ Eggleston have always done a good job in floral arrangements, I remember how beautiful the Catholic Church there would be decorated every Sunday.

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