Plant Sale And Show Of Horticultural Excellence – April 26th
One of the largest plant shows and sales in the area, the Horticultural Society of The Bahamas (HSB) Plant Sale and Show of Horticultural Excellence, is set for April 26 at Queens College, Village Rd. from 2 to 7 p.m.
“Internationally Accredited Bromeliad Judges, including two Bahamians, will set the bar even higher than usual for top prizes at the massive HSB show,” according to Dail Pearce, HSB President. He is one of the Bahamians among the certified judges, along with David Higgs, another past HSB president. David was a judge at The 20th World Bromeliad Conference in Orlando, Florida in 2012, while Dail garnered international experience as a clerk at that conference. The HSB is now an affiliate of the Bromeliad Society International.
President Pearce says,”Ours is certainly the biggest plant show and sale in The Bahamas, and purely plants, no arrangements. All over The Bahamas, green thumbs are twitching in anticipation of this show of really well grown and perfectly groomed plants.”
In addition to magnificent plants as container grown and cut specimens, the 2014 HSB Show and Sale also features:
“Decorative Collections” such as Bonsai, driftwood planters, a branch with orchids bromeliads or ferns, plants growing from rocks, topiary, container gardens, water gardens and plants growing in an unusual container including terrariums;
Fruits and Vegetables and Herbs, collections and single examples;
Native Trees and Shrubs
Several stalls selling plants and gardening materials.
Show co-chairman Sarah Lobosky points out, “Although we have tried to control the number of entries, this show still has six classes of cut specimens and 22 classes of potted specimens, each with at least 4 sub-classes possible. Plus, decorative collections and others! So, it is a huge undertaking.“
The top award of the event is the Sara Bardelmeier Award of Horticultural Excellence, named for the HSB’s founder and awarded to the judges’ choice as the most outstanding plant in the entire show. Debbie Tomlinson won this for her gigantic Grammatophyllum orchid at the last HSB show in 2012.
Co-Chairman David Higgs adds, “We urge each of our more than 100 members to take part and ask everyone with a love of plants to come and see the amazing plants that can be grown here.” He points out that every plant in the show must have been in the exhibitor’s possession for at least three months.
Admission to the show is $5 for adults, $3 for children.
HSB SHOW COMMITTEE
Past Presidents David Higgs and Sarah Lobosky are co-chairmen of the HSB Plant SALE and SHOW of Horticultural Excellence. Other members of the HSB show committee are:
Classification–Beryl Sheasby and Stephanie Harding
Publicity–Sara Parker, Beryl Sheasby
Door Prizes–Harriet and Elena Russell
PLANT SALE STALLS
PLANT SALE STALLS include:
Garden of Edem, Flamingo Nurseries, Marina Greaves, The Potting Shed, and CBS.
Guiding the HSB into it’s fourth decade are: President Dail Pearce,1st Vice President Barbara Archer, 2nd Vice President Stephen McKinney, Secretary Schandles Barry, Assistant Secretary Larry Strachan, Treasurer Sarah Lobosky, Assistant Treasurer Barbara Hepburn.
By P.S. News Features
HSB SHow and Sale Committee–Members of the HSB show committee include: (from left) Sara Parker, Publicity and Classification; Cindy Wilde, Past President and Raffle; Dail Pearce, President; Schandles Barry, Clerking; Barbara Archer, 1st Vice President; Show Co-Chairmen Sarah Lobosky, Treasurer and Past President, and David Higgs, Past President; Marina Greaves,Past President; Stephanie Harding, Past President, Classification and Door; Stephen McKinney, Vice President; and Barbara Hepburn, Assistant Treasurer. Photo by Rosemary Hanna
AWARD OF HORTICULTURAL EXCELLENCE–´The top award of the event is the Sara Bardelmeier Award of Horticultural Excellence, named for the HSB’s founder and awarded to the judges’ choice as the most outstanding plant in the entire show. Debbie Tomlinson won this for her gigantic Grammatophyllum orchid at the last HSB show in 2012.plants