The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park and the Cayman Islands Orchid Society is inviting the public to the annual Orchid Show and fundraising plant sale set for Saturday and Sunday, April 6th and 7th from 9:00am to 4:30pm at the Botanic Park on Frank Sound Road, North Side.
“Over the years, funds raised from the sale of the orchids as well as donations from members have assisted with the development and maintenance of the Boardwalk at the Botanic Park,” said Orchid Society member, Delorese Ebanks.
The show is a collaborative effort between the Cayman Islands Orchid Society and the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park and allows the public (residents and tourists alike) another opportunity to see and enjoy the beautiful and natural flora of the Park, including the orchids indigenous to the Cayman Islands.
“Additionally, the orchid show attracts a large population of the community to the Park and this year the proceeds will go towards the continued development of the orchid conservation area,” said Ms. Ebanks.
The Visitor Centre will be transformed into an impressive exhibition of Orchid Society Members’ plants, set among a beautifully designed backdrop created and donated by Sticks & Stones.
Attendees can also look forward to educational talks, music and food.
“The show is another great event to bring the community together while at the same promoting the education and conservation of Cayman’s native orchids. The public has always supported the show and it has become an annual event they look forward to every year,” added Ms. Ebanks.
This year’s event promises to be the biggest since its inception with hundreds of orchids imported from the USA, Hawaii and Jamaica on sale; such as the largest selection of Vandaceous orchids ever available, hundreds of blooming Phalaenopsis, along with Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, Encyclia and many more!
“The orchid show involves much preparation and planning, and we would like to thank all our volunteers who contributed in some way. And much gratitude also goes out to our sponsors; Sticks and Stones, Cayman Airways, Vigoro Nursery, DMS Broadcasting and the Tourism Attraction Board,” said Botanic Park operations manager, John Lawrus.
Many prizes will be awarded to the top privately owned orchids that can be viewed in the display.
Admission is $5.00 for adults and children under 12 are free. To learn more, contact Mr. Lawrus on 947-9462, email firstname.lastname@example.org