This Spring, show that special someone you care and head to the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park for the Annual Orchid Show, April 6-7.
The Orchid Show is a stunning exhibit of multicolour orchids of all shapes and sizes. The show features endemic species, imported species and unique hybrids you won’t see anywhere else. John Lawrus, general manager at the Botanic Park, explains: “Attendees can expect to see the Visitor Centre at the park transformed into a wonderful exhibition of locally grown and privately owned orchids from members of the [Cayman Islands] Orchid Society. Many of these orchids on display are very valuable, and it is very fortunate for members of the public to see them up close.” The show expects over 1,000 orchids to be on display and available for sale, with additional orchids on display belonging to private collectors. Orchids can be purchased in bloom or as a root.
Shari Smith, president of the Cayman Islands Orchid Society, describes the show’s origins. “The Orchid Show and Sale has been occurring for approximately 20 years at least.” Smith and Lawrus go on to explain that the show was originally created for educational purposes and to boost park attendance. At the show, the public can learn how to care for orchids and about conservation of Cayman’s native species.
Smith continues: “Even if you are not an avid orchid grower, come out to enjoy the amazing display and foliage of the park.” Walk hand in hand with a loved one and watch romance blossom as you admire these beautiful flowers together. Food and drink will be available, making this an easy all-inclusive date for two lovebirds to enjoy.
Garden of Delights
A lush wilderness preserve nestled in the district of North Side, the 65-acre Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park is home to 700 species of plants, both native and exotic, that also attract an array of birds, butterflies and wildlife, agoutis and endangered blue iguanas.
Author: Stacie Sybersma