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Flower and Garden Show begins today

BY: Samuel K. Obour

The wife of the Vice-President, Mrs Matilda Amissah-Arthur, opens the four-day Ghana Garden and Flower Show (GGFS) tomorrow at the Afua Sutherland Children’s Park in Accra.

The GGFS, however,  begins today  with an exhibition and a conference. The show ends on Sunday September 1, 2013.

It is aimed at promoting flower and gardening movement in Ghana and also to  highlight critical benefits of gardens and flowers with regard to foreign income generation, job creation, clean and healthy lifestyles, beautification of the country’s public spaces and homes and the promotion of environmental awareness among Ghanaians.

The event is on the theme: “Sustainable Gardening in Ghana.”

The Ghana Garden and Flowers Show will be attended by policy makers and government officials, academia in the agricultural sector, the business community, florists and horticulturists, botanists, homeowners, estate developers, garden and flower lovers, among others.

Exhibitors expected at the show include pot makers, sculptors, garden furniture and ornament producers and suppliers, landscape designers, architects and hospitality managers, homeowners, garden enthusiasts and hobbyists. Also participating are gardening tool producers and suppliers, subsistence gardening operators, and organic backyard gardeners.

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The show is an initiative of Strategic Communications Africa Limited (Stratcomm Africa) and NBC Ghana Trust in collaboration with Keith Kirsten, a world-renowned South African Garden and Flower expert.

The Ghana Garden and Flower Show Conference and workshop will discuss such topics as “Developing a national sustainable gardening policy”, “Sustainable gardening for income generation (including export)” and “Sustainable gardening for health and beautification”.

Show participants will also experience hands-on teaching by Keith Kirsten and accomplished Garden & Flower experts in Ghana in the cultivation of flowers and gardens.

Mr Kwame Ayew of NBC Ghana Trust said the show would  help to unearth the untapped potential that abounds in Ghana’s flora and fauna resources for aesthetic and commercial purposes.

He stressed the need for Ghanaians to take advantage of the country’s natural resources to enhance their livelihoods.

Madam Karen Hendrickson, co-author of Ghana's Beautiful Gardens, said Ghana could position itself internationally as a strong exporter of flowers.

The CEO of Strategic Communications Africa, Ms Esther Cobbah, says “Stratcomm Africa is delighted to be championing sustainable gardening in Ghana and collaborating with other stakeholders to organise this event. Stratcomm Africa warmly invites all to come, discover and experience the abundance of nature”.

“Beautiful gardens contribute to the creation of a peaceful and serene environment and Ghana’s attractiveness will be further enhanced and reinforced if we pay more attention to nurturing our flora and fauna. We have no doubt that sustainable gardening can help reinforce Ghana’s position as a compelling investment destination,” she stated.

The show will be held annually with the movement being sustained throughout the year with various activities.