Whether you are a nature lover, green fingers or garden novice – this event was bursting with flora and horticulture. The Ghana Garden and Flower Show put all the stops out this year to celebrate their 10th edition. As a first-time attendee it was a beautiful day being surrounded with natures pleasure.
The Ghana Garden and Flower show took place in Efua Sutherland Park from 31st August – 4th September 2022 to celebrate the 10th edition, under the theme: Growth Unleashed. An initiative to promote growth in sustainable living through a greener and cleaner environment. To motivate the involvement of the youths into the floriculture and horticulture industry. There was a grand opening followed by a programme consisting of exhibitions, masterclasses, workshops, fashion show, movie night, children’s activities and virtual shows. https://gardenandflowergh.com/
I have not entered Efua Sutherland Park for a very long time, so it was good to be reminded about her legacy – a child advocate, playwright, poet and cultural activist.
Although the main attractions were horticulture, there was also some fashion, food and health exhibitors. The first exhibitor I approached was Akai House Clinic where I received general health advice and had a blood pressure check – all ok and I received a free complimentary gift.
Business promoting their flora and horticulture all in one space and taking in all the greenery was overwhelming and calming at the same time. Very good advice in addressing small areas, making bouquets, creating a wellness backyard with herbs and spices, caring for plants and managing a farm. Ghana has many unique Flora and fauna.
If you are a person who is interested in natural pesticides, then products containing Neem is a good suggestion to add to organic soil for bug prevention, maintaining and growing plants.
I was not expecting to see tropical fruit trees that my Caribbean friends had in their gardens or ones that I have only eaten or seen the fruit. There were seedlings for Jamaican custard apple, guava, starfruit, tamarind, and local plants such as prekese, passion fruit and soursop. A few weeks ago, I was at an arts and craft market and had some mouth quenching soursop juice. In Ghana soursop is named Aluguntugui. I was thinking whether to buy a soursop plant – but whilst contemplating a customer bought the plant – ‘snooze you looze’.
There was a space called – ‘Unusual Garden’ – with imaginative containers for plants. A great idea but I did prefer the attraction of the colourful pots as they looked beautiful without any plant.
It is very important to preserve plants for a better environment and support initiatives that help sustain and protect the environment. The green agenda has been highlighted in Green Ghana June 10th and Farmers day 2nd December.
Whether you have a garden or not – there is no excuse anymore to be involved in floriculture and horticulture.
bless Sister E