Gar­den Fes­ti­val cel­e­brates 20th

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Centrepiece -

IT’S BEEN AN­OTHER labour of love for or­gan­is­ers of the an­nual St Peter’s Parish Church Gar­den Fes­ti­val.

This year the theme of the show, in its

20th year, is Al­leluia, Al­leluia, with each flo­ral ar­range­ment named after hymns.

About 30 Bar­ba­dian and five in­ter­na­tional ar­rangers lit up the Speight­stown church with more than 50 ar­range­ments made up of bright, colour­ful flow­ers, as well as fruits and veg­eta­bles. Among the dis­plays were also fake pea­cocks and wooden, hand-painted mu­si­cal notes, which went well with the theme.

Some of the flow­ers came from as far as Hol­land and South Africa.

A year ago

Lead ar­ranger David Year­wood said they came up with the theme over a year ago, but the phys­i­cal work only started re­cently.

“Work started here in Novem­ber when the guy who does the wood­work, started cut­ting out the notes. From around, and right after, that we started to work on the paint­ing. And the bulk of the work is in the paint­ing and that takes a lot of time, be­cause you some­times have to put three and four coats on some of the items,” he ex­plained.

The fes­ti­val, which was launched on Fri­day, ends to­day.

On Satur­day, hun­dreds of pa­trons were also treated to per­for­mances by the Royal Bar­ba­dos Po­lice Force Band and Ho­le­town Har­monites Steel Orches­tra as they ate and min­gled on the church grounds.

Rec­tor, Canon Peter Haynes, said while there could al­ways be im­prove­ments to the an­nual fes­ti­val, he was pleased with the turnout. (TG)

THE ROYAL BAR­BA­DOS PO­LICE FORCE BAND en­ter­tain­ing pa­trons.

MERINDA DAVIS flew in from New York to at­tend the an­nual flower show. she ad­mires an ar­range­ment done by Julie Al­leyne.

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