Thursday, 1 November 2007

Garden Club Meeting

On Sunday last, The Garden Club of Trinidad launched its 2008 calendar. Following the same format as the 2007 one, its an ideal way to get a glimpse at some of the beautiful gardens that can be found in Trinidad. This is Chancy Moll, our President, who makes everything look effortless and easy. Don't underestimate the brainpower here. Chancy constantly amazes us with her ability to remember the complicated names and extraordinary connections that make up the tropical plant world. On any given day she can be found working in her magnificent rain forest garden.
Chancy with Janice Potter, our Vice-President. These ladies make managing a garden club look like a casual past time but we all know how much work goes into making the club run so smoothly.

Joanne de Gannes and Simone Taylor are both known for their expertise in the horticultural arenas. Both grow tropicals and supply the Horticultural Society of Trinidad and Tobago with many of the cut blooms that go up to represent Trinidad and Tobago at internationally renowned Flower Shows such as the RSH Chelsea Flower Show. Trinidad and Tobago was once again the recipient of a gold medal at this highly respected show. Joanne now runs a successful landscaping business and Simone Taylor is well known for her beautiful work in doing large tropical arrangements.
Committee member Ruth Hale kindly offered her home as the venue and it was a pleasure to walk around and see what she has done with the space. Ruth is also a successful landscaper whose home could not be a better advertisement! Above is the rock garden that flows just outside of her dining room. Below the golden berries of the purple duranta.
A bromeliad. Which one? I would be happy for a post to identify it.

One of the exquisite little Antillean Oncidiums. Once again, no name. Peter or Chancy, if you see this post , can you let me know what it is?Another beauty. I love these Oncidiums. They are so petite and pretty but so cheerful at the same time.This cattleya is the national flower of Costa Rica.

Blue bells. Not the real name,
Look at the red piping on this shampoo ginger.And the yellow on this upright heliconia.

This torch lily looks almost surreal. Nature's sense of form and order never fails to amaze me. For some reason, evolution has decided that this is the way that this plant should develop to ensure survival. Each colour will mean something to its wellbeing.