JIS News

WASHINGTON — The beauty of Jamaica's flora will be on show at the 6th annual international floral exhibit, Flower Mart 2011, to be held on May 6 and 7 in Washington, DC in the United States of America (USA).

The event, to be held on the grounds of the historic Washington National Cathedral, downtown Washington DC, is the premier outdoor festival for garden and floral enthusiasts from the mid-Atlantic USA and around the world.

Under the theme: ‘Flowers Around the World’, it will feature exhibitions from countries around the globe, highlighting each nation’s natural and floral heritage as well as its topography, national colours, flags, and symbols. The participating nations are Austria, Australia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the USA. Jamaica, the only country from the Caribbean, will mount arrangements utilising native plants and materials.

Well-known horticulturist and florist, Custos of St. Andrew, the Hon. Marigold Harding, who has led the Jamaican team to the event for the past five years, told JIS News that Jamaica’s entry entitled: 'To the World', will showcase the natural beauty of the island.

Mrs. Harding said that even though she will not be attending this year’s show, she will assist in designing the exhibit, which will be mounted by floral designer, Rick Scott. Mrs. Harding pointed out that for Jamaica to be invited to participate in this international show for six consecutive years, speaks volumes for the country.

Jamaica's Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey P. Marks will attend the official opening ceremony on Friday morning after which she will view the exhibits.

Jamaica's participation at the Washington event is being made possible by the Embassy of Jamaica in Washington.

Flower Mart 2011, which is expected to attract thousands of patrons, is an annual fixture on the Washington spring calendar and is part of an array of events staged in the District of Columbia, designed to attract a diverse tourist population to the American capital.