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HISTORY
The Barbados Horticultural Society (BHS) was formed in 1927 by a group of thirteen horticultural enthusiasts, led by Mr. H N Leacock. From the beginning the Society has been affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society, an affiliation that has continued to the present time. The Society was incorporated by an Act of Legislature on April 19th 1928.

The Society has taken up the mandate of promoting horticulture and facilitating its development in Barbados. It is a non-profit, non-governmental organization with a membership of over three hundred.

In 1976, the Society brought the Old Boiling House at Balls Plantation for their headquarters with a small curtilage around the building. They also had their first Flower Show that year in the new headquarters. In 1987, 7.6 acres of land was bought at Balls Plantation to add to the BHS. The long range plan for this is to develop the area into a garden and park for the enjoyment of both locals and visitors to the island.


ACHIEVEMENTS
In 1984 the Barbados Horticultural Society exhibited for the first time at the Royal Chelsea Flower Show. Lack of finances prohibited the Society from participating again until 1988, but since then, they have become 'regulars' winning either Gold or Silver Gilt medals in each succeeding year.

In 1994, the Society was invited by the Philadelphia Horticultural Society to be one of the main attractions at the Philadelphia Flower Show from March 6th to 13th 1994. The exhibit displayed was very well received and the reviews were excellent.

In 1996 the Society was awarded the Holford medal by the Royal Horticultural Society for the Best Amateur Exhibit for the Year in the UK.


(BHS) BARBADOS HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY - "OPEN GARDEN PROGRAMME"
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The Horticultural Society's (BHS) Annual Open house Programme allows visitors & locals the rare opportunity of viewing some of Barbados' best private gardens. Local garden-owners welcome enthusiasts to see their personal gardens.

Participating Gardens Open for viewing:
Months: January to April
Days: Sundays
Time: 2pm until 6pm
 
Admission:
Non-members: BDS$15.00 / US$7.50
Members: BDS$10.00 / US$5.00
One complimentary drink included

BHS - ANNUAL "FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW"
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The Barbados Horticultural Society's Annual Flower and Garden Show features the best of flora in Barbados and the Caribbean. It also showcases the horticultural and flower-arranging skills of the BHS, who has consistently won gold awards for its displays at the Royal Chelsea Flower Show in London.

Exhibits by the Bahai Club, the Barbados Cactus Society, Barbados Flower Arranging Society.

  

ExhibitsMedal
 GoldSilver-GiltSilverBronze
Flowers & Orchids of Barbados
1988
 
 
 
Rum Barrels & Cane Bills etc
1989
 
 
 
Coconut & Plaited Leaves Frontage
 
1990
 
 
Baskets & Large Heliconias
1991
 
 
 
Grass Skirts
1992
 
 
 
Chattel House & Sir Gary Sobers
1993
 
 
 
Bajan Rum Shop
 
1994
 
 
The Old Mill
 
1995
 
 
Sun, Sea & Sand
 
 
 
 
Many Happy Returns
 
1997
 
 
Cricket, Lovely Cricket
1998
 
 
 
Reef Garden
1999
 
 
 
Bajan Flower Market
2000
 
 
 
Tropical Spectacular
2001
 
 
 
Tropical Sunset Garden
2002
 
 
 
Old Plantation Yard
 
2003
 
 
Flower & Fibre of Barbados
2004
 
 
 
Moonlight 13° North - Barbados
2005
 
 
 
"Go Barbados"
2006
 
 
 
A Touch of Magic
 
 
2007
 
"This is Barbados - Where else?"
 
 
2008
 
"Beautiful Barbados" 
 
2009 
 
 
Sugar Factory Ruins Reclaimed 
2010
 
 
 
Into the Light 
2011
 
 
 
 Summer Holiday
 
2012
 
 
Celebrating Unesco World Heritage
- Bridgetown and its Garrison. 
 
2013
 
 
Sailor's Valentine
2014      
Gully Adventure
2015      
This Place Barbados
2016      
Where we Live   2017    

Associated Links:
The Royal Chelsea Flower Show
The Royal Horticultural Society

Barbados Horticultural Society (BHS) Presidents:
1927 - 1951 Mr H N Leacock (one of the founders)
1952 Mr Harold Connell
1953 - 1961 Mr H Blair Bannister
1962 Mr H Connell
1963 - 1965 Mr H Blair Bannister
1966 - 1968 Mr Anthony Hunte
1969 - 1971 Mrs Iris Bannochie
1972 Mr Fred Coulter
1973 Mr W Wiles
1974 - 1978 Mr Christopher Leacock
1979 - 1980 Mr Girwood Springer
1981 - 1983 Mrs Audrey Thomas
1984 - 1985 Mrs Margaret Reid
1986 - 1989 Mrs Jean Robinson
1990 - 1992 Mr Victor Roach
1993 - 1996 Mrs Jean Robinson
1997 - 2006 Mr Victor Roach
2006 - 2012 Mrs Jennifer Weetch
2013 - Mr Orson Daisley 
2017 - Mrs Jennifer Weetch


Weekly Events

Sunday BHS Open Garden Tours & viewings every Sunday from 2pm until 6pm during the months of January to February


Contact Info
Barbados Horticultural Society
Balls Plantation
Christ Church
Open: 9am - 2pm (Mon/Wed/Fri)
Tel: (246) 428-5889
Fax: (246) 428 5889

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