Garden Club to hold family fun day

| 19/01/2016
Cayman News Service

Artwork on display at previous Garden Club fun day

(CNS): The Garden Club of Grand Cayman, in association with the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, is holding a family fun day on Sunday, 24 January, with a variety of entertainment on offer in the tropical gardens. Activities will include children’s games, demonstrations of craftmaking using natural materials, a magic show with Richard McLeod, a treasure hunt and a nature table.

There will also be demonstrations of orchid potting, storytelling for children and adults, and musical performances by Cayman International School, East End Primary School and Edna Moyle Primary School.

In addition, there will be a tree trail and tours to see the blue iguanas and to learn about Cayman’s heritage. Denise Bodden, historian with the National Trust for the Cayman Islands, will be on the steps of the Cayman cottage to talk about historic homes.

Refreshments, including home baking, local cooked foods and fresh juice, will be on sale. The $5 adult admission charge for the event gives full access to the park for the day, while children younger than 16 will be admitted for free.

“It really will be a day for everyone to enjoy, whether you have children or not,” said Ora Hollebon, president of the Garden Club. “It’s a good opportunity to come out and enjoy the attractions of the Botanic Park during the holiday weekend.”

The family fun day, which will take place from 10am-3pm, is the second event of its kind to be organised by the Garden Club and is intended to encourage residents to visit the Botanic Park.

Founded in 1957, the Garden Club has an active membership of more than 60 gardening enthusiasts, more than half of whom have joined in the last five years.

The aims of the club are to promote interest in, and knowledge of, gardening and all things related to the natural beauty of the Cayman Islands; undertake projects to beautify the community; and promote friendship and understanding among persons of all races and nationalities who share an interest in gardening.

The club usually meets on the first Thursday of each month, often at a member’s garden or at a gardening-related venue, with light refreshments provided following a tour or talk. Members do not need to have a garden to join, although there is the opportunity to volunteer and help with civic projects the club undertakes.

Previous initiatives have included landscaping projects at The Pines Retirement Home, Francis Bodden Girls Home, the University College of the Cayman Islands, the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands and Bonaventure Boys Home.

The club, which holds a bi-annual flower show, has also been asked to assist with landscaping at the new Cayman HospiceCare facility for which construction is due to begin soon.

There will be a membership table at the family fun day on Sunday with further information on the club and details on how to join.

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