Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Caribbean blooms at Chelsea Flower Show

(Photo of tropical garden at this year's Chelsea Flower Show by Phillip Banks).
The Chelsea Flower Show, or the Great Spring Show as it is also known, is held annually in May on the Royal Hospital Grounds in Chelsea, England. It is one of the biggest and maybe the most prestigious horticultural events in the world.
This year, the Barbados contingent won two Silvergilt awards - one in the Great Pavillion category and the other in the Flower Arranging category, with a combination of tropical flowers and foliage.
Grenada won a gold medal in the same Flower Arranging category with tropical floral of Grenada, while the Cayman islands contingent won a gold medal in the President's Most Creative Awards. Jamaica won a Silvergilt and Trinidad and Tobago was also awarded a Silvergilt Grenfell.
The origins of the Chelsea Flower Show go back to 1862 when the first Royal Horticultural Society Great Spring Show was held in Kensington. The event has been through a variety of homes and incarnations, eventually settling in the grounds of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea in 1913.

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