Buy Local Flowers – The Horticultural Society Weekly Flower Market
There were containers full of bright and beautiful exotic flowers everywhere. Red and pink ginger lilies, cute little miniature pink gingers that looked like roses next to large torch gingers in all ‘kinda’ colours. Heliconias ‘fuh so’ and endless Anthuriums in a range of colours. I loved the delicate white anthuriums tinged with green.
Where were we? At the Horticultural Society Headquarters on lower Lady Chancellor Road at 7 a.m. on a Thursday morning. I am not a morning person and had to be persuaded to leave my house early but I love flowers so it wasn’t that hard of a sell.
Do you know that there is a flower market in Trinidad every week. The Society’s Flower Market, is open to the public from Thursday to Fridays from 6am to noon and on Saturdays from 7am to 11am. Thursday is the busiest day and you should go early to get the best choices.
So we were here on a Thursday browsing for flowers. The flowers are grown by members of the Society and delivered early in the mornings. They are very reasonably priced. For $60.00, I got a bunch of heliconias, a bunch of miniature pink gingers and some foliage to mix in – enough for two large arrangements. The Society retains 20% of the cost to cover expenses.
You can also get other items such as potted plants, herbs and soil at the flower market but the emphasis is on flowers and greenery. Sad to say there is wastage as whatever is not sold is dumped on Saturday. After all, flowers are perishable.
We chatted with one of the suppliers. Katherine has an estate in Sangre Grande and the trunk of her car was full of lovely flowers. Sadly, she admitted that due to a lack of interest in maintaining the estate from other family members and staff retention issues she was selling the estate. Hopefully other suppliers will survive.
We also met Joann Hampton, a past president and had an informative chat. The Horticultural Society appears to be function like a social club and currently has only 100 members. This is surprising since the annual dues are only $75.00. If you are interested in horticulture this seems like a good deal to me. For your membership you get a monthly newsletter indicating activities and monthly meetings on the last Saturday of every month at 3.00 pm. There are usually guest lectures at these meetings.
Your best bet to contact the Society is to call while the market is open or attend the monthly meeting. They have established a facebook page (see our link below) but it is not very active and does not appear to be administered closely. We respectfully suggest that they establish an official email address.
The Horticultural Society was established in 1914 and celebrated its 100th anniversary this year on the 17th April. In celebration it is holding its annual Flower show during Indian Arrival Day weekend (30th May to 1st June) at the Grand Stand of the Queen’s Park Savannah.
The Society has an excellent reputation. It has excelled at the Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows on a number of occasions. They are scheduled to attend the World Association of Flower Arrangers (WAFA) during June in Ireland. This Contingent will be led by Enid Lashley. Joan explained to us that this was the equivalent of the “flower arranging olympics”.
We wish the Horticultural Society all the best in their endeavours this year and encourage you to attend the annual flower show –it is just in time for the rainy season and planting. We also want you to get up early and head out to the weekly Flower Market. Trinbago has fantastic exotic flowers and we should be buying them especially when they are so reasonably priced!!!
The Horticultural Society of Trinidad and Tobago, Lady Chancellor Road, Port of Spain. Telephone: (868) 622-6423
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