The ‘Most Beautiful Show,’ in Dominica is all set to wow flower-lovers next month at the Giraudel/Eggleston flower show.
After nine years of dormancy, show organiser, Elizabeth Alfred announced its comeback at the launching of DOMFESTA 2013.
“The flower show market fair is a community event which was initiated in 1973 in an effort to promote the community, develop community spirit and encourage the residents and to enhance their skills and talents in flower production and arranging. The show will also serve to generate income for individuals and community projects,” Alfred remarked.
She went on to explain that the long absence of the floral exhibition was due to a lack of facilities to house the event.
However, thanks to support from the GEF Small Grants Programme and the Government of Dominica, the show returns this year with its 40th exhibition.
“We can proudly announce that the flower show has found a home this year. Thanks to the Government of Dominica and the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme who have funded the construction of a building carded to be officially opened on Thursday 2nd May at 4:30pm.”
According to her, the building is situated on 2.6 acres of land and located along the main road in the centre of Giraudel. The new home for the show will also ease the traffic congestion as the market will be removed from the street to the flower show site. The community also plans to develop the area as a botanical centre.
Alfred referred to the unique exhibition as making contributions to the overall development of people and the island.
“First and foremost, it is agriculture and we thank the Agricultural Division for their tremendous support. It is culture; this is why we celebrate it as part of the DOMFESTA. It is community development since it motivates and empowers people to use their resources and to work together for their own and community development. It is tourism in that it brings people from all over Dominica to an otherwise small and insignificant village. It is the environment thus our involvement in the preservation of environment, our community being nestled at the buffer zone of the Morne Trois Piton World Heritage Site.”
This year’s edition themed, ‘Reviving Our Floral Heritage’, is a week-long affair from May 18th until the 26th.