The Birdcage blossoms
The Birdcage is abloom with flowers and foliage in celebration of The Garden Club of Bermuda’s 100th anniversary.
Nikki Gurret, a member of the club, created the installation on Front Street in the early hours of yesterday morning along with her daughter Camille Chin-Gurret and club members Carol Sims and Rosemary Holmes.
As well as celebrating such a significant milestone for the club which was founded on April 4, 1921, the display also aims to welcome spring, put a smile on people’s faces and acknowledge our front line workers.
Jan Macdonald, president of the Garden Club, said: “We were inspired by Lewis Miller who does what are called flower flashes around New York City. We didn’t have to go far to entice Nikki to do it for us.
“In 1921, a group of 15 environmentalists came together in Bermuda to form the Garden Club and it has survived and continued to grow. The club gives to the community and has been very supportive in terms of scholarships – it’s a remarkable institution.
“The flower flash is not garish or loud, it is just subtle and old fashioned with lovely, local Bermuda flowers. One of our missions is to support local farmers.”
Ms Gurret has competed in international events including the UK’s Chelsea Flower Show where she has won bronze and silver awards.
She said: “I love design. I am an architect and an artist. Flowers are beautiful, they bring cheer to people and during every important stage of life, flowers are there.
“I wanted to use Bermuda flowers and sourced sunflowers and Easter lilies from M. DeSilva farm.”
The Garden Club of Bermuda is working on a number of celebratory events for the year and already released a postal stamp series in recognition of its anniversary.
The club was launched “to stimulate interest in horticulture, floral design and related subjects, and to aid in the conservation of natural resources of the Island”.
It holds major fundraisers including open houses and gardens. It also provides financial assistance to Bermudians who wish to study overseas in the fields of horticulture, landscape architecture, environmental studies and related subjects through its scholarship programme.