The members of the HSB plant sales committee are: (left to right) secretary and newsletter editor Georgette Dames; Vice-President Shirlene Godet; historian Kent Lightbourne; President Alma Evans, 2nd Vice-President Cyprianna Stuart; Ass. Treasurer Joanna Robertson, Former President and Treasurer Sarah Lobosky. Photo by Sara Parker
Nassau, New Providence – “Restore your hurricane-ravaged garden at the annual Bahamian Horticultural Society (HSB) plant sale,” suggests Alma Evans, president of the HSB. The popular event is scheduled for Saturday February 11 from 8 am to 1 pm at The Retreat Garden at the Bahamas National Trust, Village Road, across from Queen’s College.
“It’s also the perfect opportunity to buy healthy plants at a reasonable price as Valentine’s Day gifts!” ” she says. “Kids may like to buy gifts from the long plant tables for $ 5 or less.”
“Please note the date, and no longer the first Saturday in February!” ”, Says Sarah Lobosky, treasurer of HSB, former president of HSB. “Helping to beautify the nation is one of the objectives of the Society. As a result, unusual plants and sound advice on how to grow them are presented every year at our popular sale.
Plant enthusiasts always flock to Nassau for sale from all over the Bahamas, reports past HSB chairman Dail Pearce. He will once again be one of the Special Vendors, offering succulents and air plants in glass globes.
Other vendors featured include Flamingo Nursery for orchids and supplies, former president Marina Greaves with her water garden features and other unusual containers and plants, bedding plants and fruit trees from Edem Garden. by Errol Strachan and elegant exhibitions by Bev Evans.
“Say ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’ with aquatic plants, roses, orchids or other exotic or bedding plants – all for a great price,” recommends former HSB president Eric Butler, who always brings a truck full of green treats.
“Restock your garden on February 11 and get ready for Easter at the big sale across from Queen’s College. There is no admission fee, ”recalls outgoing president Cindy Wilde, who always brings dozens of well-grown plants.
“It’s smart to be one of the first in line for the opening. The best things come quickly,” adds Mr. Butler. He adds: “Bring boxes!
“There is always something new to spark a gardener‘s imagination at this sale,” says HSB President Evans. She reminded members to pay close attention to the condition of the plants brought up for sale: “It should always look like a plant display!
Herbs and hanging baskets, bromeliads and orchids are still popular and in great quantity. Each year, hundreds, if not thousands, of spectacular bromeliads, tiny tillandsias or “air plants” are of particular interest, and gigantic hybrids with a five-foot-long leaf. Members also often donate bare rooted plants for sale for landscaping
Advertising President Sara Parker points out, “There are products out there that are designed to make bromeliads less appealing to mosquitoes if you’re worried about bites.
I recommend the bare root bromeliad which you can move to a new landscape until you get it right! The BNT garden also gives you great landscaping ideas. Ms. Parker is a founding member of HSB and hosts the popular “Bahamas Realty, Now” home and garden fair.
The price of plants ranges from less than a dollar to over $ 100 depending on size and rarity. HSB members grow the plants and tag them for sale, with 10% of the sale price going to the HSB.
No plants will be sold until 8 a.m. on Saturday February 11, Ms. Lobosky said. She urges members to bring plants, labeled with appropriate sales tags, on Friday, February 10, as none will be accepted on the day of the sale.
Savvy shoppers wear hats and sunscreen, arrive early, and bring their own boxes, bags and trucks, according to Bromeliad expert Beryl Sheasby. Assistance is available with transporting large plants to the parking lot, courtesy of Queen’s College.
Founded by the late Mrs. Sara Bardelmeier in 1983, the HSB organizes field trips and participates in horticultural exhibitions. The HSB now has over 100 members, including all local garden clubs, top horticulturalists and island family growers.
The officers of HSB 2016 – 2017 are: President Alma Evans, Vice President Shirlene Godet, 1st Vice President Cyprianna Stuart, Treasurer Sarah Lobosky, Asst. Treasurer Joanna Robertson, Secretary Georgette Dames, Asst. Secretary Rosella Armbrister, Historian Kent Lightbourn, Past President Barbara Archer.
“It’s business as usual this year and it’s about as good as it gets for a plant sale in the Bahamas,” Pearce said.