London: “A Bermuda Honeymoon Garden”

May 18, 2011

pretty flowers by alex mastersA contingent of employees from the Department of Parks is heading to London on May 19th to prepare the Bermuda display for the Chelsea Flower Show.

The Department of Parks has joined with the Department of Tourism and the London based firm of Indoor Garden Design to produce a garden exhibit for the Chelsea Flower show titled ‘A Bermuda Honeymoon Garden.’

The Department of Parks was approached by Dominique (Nicky) Gurret early last year to consider submitting an entry into the Chelsea Flower Show for May 2011. Ms Gurret has previously exhibited independently three times at the Chelsea Flower Show and on each occasion was awarded a medal.

For the show in May of this year, an exhibit application was submitted and we were successfully allocated a spot within the Great Pavilion. This is the area where large exhibits from countries around the world are showcased.

The Chelsea Flower Show, London, is the ultimate event in the gardening calendar. It’s the place to see; and to be seen at. The show takes place from May 24-28, 2011 and an expected 157,000 people will attend through the course of the week.

The Bermuda Exhibit, ‘A Bermuda Honeymoon Garden’ aims to generate publicity for Bermuda and showcase Bermuda’s natural beauty in flora and fauna.

The show will also serve as an opportunity for education purposed to members of the Department of Parks who will be attending the show to construct and serve as spokespersons for the display. The Department is looking to have a total of 9 members within the Department attend.

The Garden Club of Bermuda has made a donation in support of this project and the Bermuda Rose Society donated 6 Bermuda Roses towards this display.

The Bermuda Honeymoon Garden exhibit will feature a limestone moon gate with a meandering pathway which travels through luscious, verdant landscapes that leads to a unique pink sand beach.

The garden typifies all that is best of Bermuda’s vibrancy and multihued landscapes which includes such local flora as buttonwood, various palm trees, bird of paradise, the fragrant Bermuda Easter lily, tea roses, ornamental shrubs and the Bermuda onion. The visitor to this display will also hear the sounds of the tree frog that resonates through the island every evening.

On press day of the show, a bride and groom model will be positioned under the moon gate. A traditional Bermuda cake will also be present.

Derrick Burgess, Deputy Premier and Minister of Public Works said: “This is great news for Bermuda that our native and endemic flora and fauna, as well as aspects of our culture will be on display in London. This exhibit will hopefully pique visitors’ interests in coming to Bermuda for a vacation – or even to get married under a moongate. It is my hope, and I am confident knowing the dedication of the Parks staff, that we will win a gold medal for our exhibit.”

Minster Burgess also thanked the Bermuda Rose Society and the Garden Club of Bermuda for their generous donations towards the exhibit.

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  1. Good stuff says:

    This is a great way to promote Bermuda. It is also a wonderful learning experience for the Parks staff, and hopefully they can implement some of their ideas in our beautiful Botanical Gardens.