The five-day innovative Ghana Garden and Flower Show has ended with the launch of garden and flower clubs and an awards ceremony to honour those in the horticulture industry.
The show, on the theme: “The World is Your Garden,” brought together exhibitors like florists, real estate developers, potters, landscapers, sculptors, garden furniture retailers, researches, and operators in the financial sector among many other organisations.
A statement issued by Stratcomm Africa, and copied to the Ghana News Agency on Thursday, said some key activities included an exhibition, workshops, a business networking session and a conference on the theme: “Garden & Flower for Life”.
It said this year’s show attracted various experts from academia and the horticulture industry who taught and trained participants through activities titled The ABCs of gardening and the potter’s hands class, among other things.
The statement said the show also included some fun activities such as a jazz night, party in the park, fashion extravaganza, a children’s playground and a food court.
Dr Juliette Tuakli, a renowned medical doctor and award winning horticulturist, launched the Ghana Garden and Flower Awards and clubs which preceded the closing ceremony and spoke about the medicinal value of plants from which most drugs were derived.
Dr Tuakli observed that the increasing participation of exhibitors at the Garden & Flower show and the clear enthusiasm of the public for this year’s show confirmed that the Garden & Flower Movement was catching up with the Ghanaian.
She congratulated those who won awards this year, the very first awards since the inception of the Ghana Garden & Flower Show and expressed the hope that others would be inspired to improve on their gardens.
The award winners included Jane Banning of Bedford Floral in Kumasi, Rattray Park in Kumasi, Lincoln Community School, Movenpick Ambassador Hotel, Labadi Beach Hotel, and Action Chapel International Church.
The Director of Parks and Gardens, Mr Ishmael Nii Adjei Browne, said the Department was proud to be associated with the show and was particularly excited about Stratcomm Africa’s efforts in getting Ghanaians and Africans to think ‘green’.
Ms Esther A.N. Cobbah, the Chief Executive Officer of Stratcomm Africa, and PR Personality of the Year 2013, was optimistic about the future of Ghana’s floriculture and horticulture industry as a source of income to boost the economy.
Nii Lante Vanderpuje, the Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, who chaired the closing ceremony, said the show was aligned with the Ministry’s vision of making the environment clean and urged Ghanaians to adopt an attitude of nurturing and protecting the environment.
An important highlight of this year’s show was the involvement of Dr Sally Kosgei, a renowned Kenyan Horticulturists, who left Ghanaians with a clear message that it was worth investing in the flower industry.
The closing ceremony was attended by members of the diplomatic corps, government officials, heads of institutions, exhibitors, flower and garden enthusiasts, and the media. GNA