Government House School Gardening
Mrs. Margaret Fergusson may have left and a new Governor
has yet to be announced, but this inspirational program will
continue, beginning its 5th year in mid-October. Nine
Garden Club mentors have committed to help the students and teachers
from Northlands, West Pembroke and Victor Scott Primary Schools on Wed,
Thurs and Fri. afternoons. The program is now affiliated with the RHS Campaign for
School Gardening and the Garden Club has been asked to contribute a
short feature article about the program to the RHS monthly
publication “The Garden”.
On the occasion of Her
Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday, the Garden Club's talented
flower arrangers were once again out in force to prepare for the
Governor's cocktail party on June 9th, at Government House, in her
One of the many beautiful arrangements on
display at the Governor's cocktail party
During our April 2016 General Meeting, President Anna
Fulton (left) presented KBB representative Sue Black with a cheque for
$3,000 on behalf of The Garden Club of Bermuda in support of the work
done by Keep Bermuda Beautiful, a former offshoot of the Garden Club.
The Skills Development Program participants
who assisted at our Norwood Open House event in November 2015
were recognised at our December
meeting - thank you boys!
At the Garden Club's General Meeting in
Tucker Murphy gave an interesting talk on the railway trail and bridges.
The Garden Club presented Mr. Murphy with a cheque for $2,500 towards
this worthwhile project.
The Smith Garden in St. George's
Rangoon Creeper in bloom
This tiny garden just
off Barber’s Alley was designed by one of our members, Evelyn Young, and
created by Garden Club members as our gift to St. George’s when it
acquired World Heritage Status some years ago. We have been
looking after it ever since. Above is Garden Club member Betsey Mowbray
planting a section of the garden. Any Garden Club members who would like to
help out for an hour every six weeks can contact
Members of the Garden
Club were once more busy on June 11th, 2015 with preparations for the Queen's Birthday
party at Government House. This is one example of the beautiful
arrangements which were on display, more can be found on our Facebook
Garden Club pots up for KPMG's
Members of the KPMG Green
Committee receiving Garden Club potted plants:
l-r Joanna Little, Sue Le'Strange, Susan Armstrong, Nicki Griffiths
this month The Garden Club was asked if it would supply desk plants,
handed to the first 50 KPMG employees to arrive at work, as part of
KPMG's Green Initiative. KPMG Bermuda believes that sustainable
communities are directly tied to how well we live in our environment.
The KPMG Green Committee has a number of annual initiatives and goals
which are supported by lunch & learns, quizzes, posters, audits (eg
waste and paper usage) and quarterly giveaways. This year they started
a Tip of the Month with February being “Improve your indoor air quality
with plants and by keeping your home and office well ventilated”.
President Susan Conyers and a small group took on the project, the
results of which can be seen above. The project was hailed a
success, so much so that KPMG are planning to repeat it. A
donation by KPMG was made which will be applied to our annual
Scholarships, and Community activities.
Keep Bermuda Beautiful!
A huge thank you to Garden Club members who worked hard on a beautiful
cleaning up the verges of Kindley Field Road as part of KBB's Clean Up,
Thursday, January 22nd 2015.
The Garden Club of Bermuda has donated
$10,000 to this year's Keep Bermuda Beautiful (KBB) fundraising drive.
KBB was originally an offshoot of The Garden Club, and they are
delighted to be able to support this very worthwhile organisation.
The presentation was made at our January 2015 General Meeting.
President Susan Conyers presenting a cheque
to KBB's Anne Hyde
On June 13th 2014 The
Garden Club's talented flower arrangers were hard at work preparing for
the Governor's cocktail party to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen's 87th
birthday at Government House. Below are some of these arrangements
(some in progress) and their creators on a hot summer's morning!
The Garden Club of Bermuda presented a
cheque for $3,000 to Ann Hyde of Keep Bermuda Beautiful
February 2014 meeting. Pictured: Susan Conyers (left) and Ann Hyde
On a very humid day The Garden Club of
Bermuda provided lemonade and water to Southlands' hard-working clean up
volunteers on Tuesday, October 22nd . Thank you to our volunteers who
turned out to assist with our 'lemonade' stand which was well received.
For more photos go to our Facebook page (link at top of page)
The Queen's Birthday
hosted by His Excellency The Governor Mr. George Fergusson and Mrs.
June 7th, 2013
Floral Arrangements by
members of The Garden Club of Bermuda
Cindy and Sue - this one's ready for
hanging - now how do we get it up there......
Easy does it
Governor George Fergusson with Sue and Sally (left). Debbie,
Mrs. Fergusson and Tania (right)
Sylvia - I need more hands
Two of the many beautiful floral arrangements in the marquee
Welcoming arrangement at the entrance
available on the Garden Club's Facebook page (see link top left)
Keep Bermuda Beautiful
KBB Environmental Partner Award
On Tuesday, February
26th The Garden Club of Bermuda was presented with the Keep Bermuda
Beautiful (KBB) Environmental Partner Award at the 2013 KBB Appreciation
Awards Ceremony, by The Hon. Trevor Moniz JP, MP, Minister of Public
Presentation of the KBB
Environmental Partner Award 26 February 2013
l-r Sally Godet, President Deanna Moss, The Hon. Trevor Moniz, JP, MP, Minister of
Public Works, Susan Conyers, Anna Fulton, Sylvia Outerbridge, and KBB
President Amy Shillingford
early 1960's members of the Garden Club had the
foresight to form an environmental protection
committee named "The Keep Bermuda Beautiful Committee". In
1964, KBB became its own entity, but KBB still
thinks of the Garden Club as their "parent"
organization. On January 11th 2013 The
Garden Club of Bermuda presented KBB with a cheque
in the amount of $7,500. This is the second year in
a row that the Garden Club have been able to
financially support KBB. On Tuesday, February
26th, 2013 KBB held their Appreciation Awards Ceremony and presented The
Garden Club with the KBB Environmental Partner Award
The Garden Club of Bermuda's 2013 donation
of $7,500 to Keep Bermuda Beautiful.
l-r Stephanie Windsor, GCB Treasurer, Ann Hyde, Keep Bermuda Beautiful,
Sylvia Outerbridge, GCB's KBB Representative
Schools' Gardening Project at Government
House, January 2013
Early in December 2012 the Governor's wife,
Mrs. Margaret Fergusson, asked for mentors from the Garden Club to help her set up
an inaugural schools' kitchen garden project. As can be seen from the
photos below this has been a great success.
Enjoying the day
Hard at work
Can you spell Kohlrabi?
Big Brother Peter Holmes
My, what big plants you've grown!
Well done girls and boys of West Pembroke Primary School, Victor Scott
School and Northlands School.
photos kindness of West Pembroke Primary School
Bermuda National Trust Christmas Walkabout
floral displays 2011
Each December a jovial work party of Garden Club elves descend on
the town of St. George's to festoon the area with floral displays in
time for the annual Bermuda National Trust Christmas Walkabout.
Floral work behind the scenes at Government
on the occasion of the celebration of
Her Majesty the Queen's Birthday
and The Royal Wedding of
HRH Prince William
and Miss Catherine Middleton