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Another gold for Barbados at Chelsea

Barbados has captured Gold Medal number 16 at the Chelsea Flower Show.

This was announced in a press release issued today by the Barbados Horticultural Society.



The chosen theme for this year’s exhibit was the Sailor’s Valentine, an extraordinary art form that represents a truly unique link between Barbados and Britain, the release said.

It noted that “during the 1800’s, when Britannia ruled the waves and Barbados was a major maritime hub in world trade, floods of British sailors poured into Bridgetown in search of ‘fun and frolic’. While there they also looked for special souvenirs to take home for their sweethearts, with the Sailor’s Valentine being the most special of all. Many of the finest examples still in existence today were originally purchased at the New Curiosity Shop in Bridgetown, owned by the Belgrave brothers. The classic Sailor’s Valentine is housed in an octagonal mahogany box with a glass cover to protect an intricate, delicate and painstakingly assembled collage of tiny, naturally coloured seashells, often incorporating a floral motif, a heart shape and a verse or message.”

To portray the exquisite magnificence of the Sailor’s Valentine, the team members created four enlarged floral replicas, with each one symmetrically positioned within a 20ft x 20ft formal landscaped area that is itself nestled in an octagonal perimeter to reflect the shape of the boxes. Each quarter of the garden is separated by four walkways, created with seed-pods from the Mahogany tree, converging into a lush tropical interior – resplendent with McArthur Palms, Dracaenas, Cordylines, Philodendrons, Heliconias, Anthuriums, Ginger Lilies and Orchids.



17 Responses to Another gold for Barbados at Chelsea

  1. Peter Merrifield
    Peter Merrifield May 20, 2014 at 11:20 am

    And well deserved!

  2. Angela Clarke
    Angela Clarke May 20, 2014 at 11:37 am


  3. Doria Alleyne
    Doria Alleyne May 20, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Congrats (Y) (Y)

  4. Valarie Rock
    Valarie Rock May 20, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Congratulations team Barbados.

  5. Joan Kirton
    Joan Kirton May 20, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Congratulations Barbados I’m proud of you!

  6. Greitcha Smith
    Greitcha Smith May 20, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Congratulations! Would have love to have seen this in person this year – so much better than last year lol

  7. janette holder May 20, 2014 at 12:32 pm


  8. Penelope Jones
    Penelope Jones May 20, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Well done for Barbados Team achieving another Gold Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show. Excellent!!!!

  9. Bredif Steve
    Bredif Steve May 20, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Very nice love to be in Barbados

  10. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley May 20, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Always a brilliant display from Barbados, congratulations to the team

  11. Ann Duncan
    Ann Duncan May 20, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Congrats !!

  12. Vicki Martindale
    Vicki Martindale May 20, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Congrats to my homeland

  13. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce May 20, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Congratulations Barbados!!!!

  14. Sheila Fagan
    Sheila Fagan May 20, 2014 at 5:57 pm


  15. Jean Smith
    Jean Smith May 20, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Simply brilliant and beautiful, Team. Congratulations!!!!! All your creativity and hard work paid off. Trust that the RED CARPET will be rolled out for you on your return to Barbados.

  16. Jean Smith
    Jean Smith May 20, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Take note Tourism Authorities

  17. Janet Lashley Scott May 21, 2014 at 2:34 am

    Wonderful, Congratulations Barbados!! My friends are there sorry I missed it.


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