Queen Elizabeth II Royal Botanic Park » Uncategorized http://www.botanic-park.ky Welcome to the Royal Botanic Park of the Cayman Islands Mon, 20 Mar 2017 05:38:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Annual Orchid Show http://www.botanic-park.ky/annual-orchid-show-2/ http://www.botanic-park.ky/annual-orchid-show-2/#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 01:02:55 +0000 http://www.botanic-park.ky/?p=1935 2 - Orchid Show 2017 - RED (1)

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Family Fun Day http://www.botanic-park.ky/family-fun-day/ http://www.botanic-park.ky/family-fun-day/#comments Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:11:38 +0000 http://www.botanic-park.ky/?p=1918 garden-club-family-fun-day-flyer

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Orchid Shade House opens http://www.botanic-park.ky/orchid-shade-house-opens/ http://www.botanic-park.ky/orchid-shade-house-opens/#comments Thu, 08 May 2014 23:59:52 +0000 http://hunterstudio10.byethost14.com/?p=1224 Compass

24 May, 2007

The Cayman Islands Orchid Society opened its newly constructed Orchid Shade House at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park in Frank Sound recently.

Intended as a repository for indigenous orchids rescued from the wild and as a nursery for endangered orchid species propagated from seeds, the shade house forms an important component of the Darwin Initiative, a conservation programme partnered by the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and the Department of Environment, Cayman Islands.


John Lawrus of the QE2 Botanic Park, David Neuschaffer of Coutts (Cayman), Dr. Mat Cottam of the Department of Environment and Sue Gibb of the Cayman Islands Orchid Society at the recent opening of the Orchid Shade House at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park. Photo: Submitted

Coutts (Cayman) Ltd donated funds for the construction of the Shade House and the Botanic Park provided space for its location at their nursery.

At an opening ceremony well attended by members and friends of the Orchid Society and Department of Environment and Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park staffers, Cayman Islands Orchid Society President Sue Gibb said that the idea of building a shade house was born out of a strong need, especially after hurricane Ivan and the rapid expansion of development on Grand Cayman, for a place to store and protect rescued and endangered local orchids.

‘These orchids, rescued from indigenous bush land cleared for development, might otherwise have been lost to us. Rescued orchids and seedling plants from our Seed Propagation Programme will be cared for at our new shade house until they can be re-established in protected areas for the benefit of all,’ she said.

After unveiling a plaque recognising his company’s contribution to the Darwin Initiative, Coutts (Cayman) Managing Director David Neuschaffer said “Coutts are proud of their continued support of the Cayman Islands Orchid Society. We recognise the importance of preserving the National Flower of the Cayman Islands and commend the good work done by the Society.’

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Mother’s Day At The Park http://www.botanic-park.ky/mothers-day-at-the-park/ http://www.botanic-park.ky/mothers-day-at-the-park/#comments Thu, 13 Mar 2014 00:28:25 +0000 http://localhost/botanical/?p=750 May 11th 2013

468147_417779621654736_680707208_oWhat a great day at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park. The Children’s activities and plant sale were all enjoyed by the visitors today. Thank you to the Garden Club of Grand Cayman, all of the Volunteers and the staff at the Park!

Please visit the Garden CLub of Grand Cayman

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Mango Extravaganza & Fruit Tree Fundraising Sale http://www.botanic-park.ky/mango-extravaganza-fruit-tree-fundraising-sale/ http://www.botanic-park.ky/mango-extravaganza-fruit-tree-fundraising-sale/#comments Thu, 13 Mar 2014 00:22:59 +0000 http://localhost/botanical/?p=744 We have over 350 3-galon size Mango Trees for sale in many different varieties, along with a variety of grafted Naseberry, Sugar Apple, Loquat and a few more!

Date: Saturday, August 31st
Time: Beginning at 8:00 am till 3:00 pm
Location: Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park,
located off of Frank Sound Road
Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park
Come out and support us


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Korean Air Features The Park http://www.botanic-park.ky/korean-air-features-the-park/ http://www.botanic-park.ky/korean-air-features-the-park/#comments Wed, 12 Mar 2014 23:42:26 +0000 http://localhost/botanical/?p=725 Korean Air did an excellent article on the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park reaching new audiences… check us out starting on page 100.

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Eco Chic Cayman’s Recent Feature On The Park http://www.botanic-park.ky/eco-chic-caymans-recent-feature-on-the-park/ http://www.botanic-park.ky/eco-chic-caymans-recent-feature-on-the-park/#comments Wed, 12 Mar 2014 23:31:12 +0000 http://localhost/botanical/?p=711 Living environmentally responsible is an article that showcases the Cayman Islands’ historic heritage at the Qeen Elizabeth II Botanic Park. Below is an excerpt from Eco Chic Cayman’s recent feature on the Park. You can view the original article here.



thatch-roof-1Our beautiful island that is set in the deep blue Caribbean Sea, is graced with a handful of majestic trees, such as the Cayman Logwood, Mahogany and Silver Thatch Palm.  The Silver Thatch Palm is Cayman’s sacred national tree.  A unique tree which is indigenous to Cayman.  I find that there is a greater abundance of Silver Thatch on the eastern side of the island.  It is a spectacular view to see the Silver Thatch palms swaying in the refreshing sea breeze, untouched, scattered along the remote and undeveloped areas in East End and North Side.

When I hear the words Silver Thatch the first thing that comes to mind is Caymanian Heritage.  I think of the wonderful items handcrafted by Caymanians such as Silver Thatch, baskets, hats, fans and rope.   Back in the olden days Silver Thatch had two primary uses, such as: making thatch rooftops and rope.   A thatch roof would last up to 5-6 years.  There is an old folklore claiming that the thatch palms would be harvested during the night of a full moon (Cayman National Trust).   Rope making was greatly beneficial to Cayman as it was once used as a good for export providing an income for many families.

thatch1Presently, Silver Thatch is still being used to make traditional Silver Thatch baskets, hats and fans.  Generally, these items are a unique find for tourists to take home as their own little piece of Cayman.  It is good to know that our heritage holds a place in modern times.  As the generations before us found both creative and practical ways to utilize sustainable trees, and live off the land so to speak, I hope that there will be a greater emphasis on today’s generation to promote and support sustainability.  I think slowly Cayman as a whole is welcoming the idea of practicing sustainability and eco friendly living.  For instance, the farmers market is widely popular, and encourages the support of our local farmers.  You find the best fruit and veggies on island at the farmers market!  Then there is Cayman Logwood Products which repurposes only fallen Logwood trees into handcrafted one of a kind art pieces for home decor.  Cayman Logwood was once harvested for its dyes and used as an export.   Overall it is wonderful to see how Cayman is embracing sustainability.

From one tree hugger to another with love, xo

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Key To Cayman Adds Feature http://www.botanic-park.ky/key-to-cayman-adds-feature/ http://www.botanic-park.ky/key-to-cayman-adds-feature/#comments Wed, 12 Mar 2014 23:24:24 +0000 http://localhost/botanical/?p=706 Please visit the Key To Cayman’s Royal Botanic Park page.

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The Botanic Park On Fox News http://www.botanic-park.ky/great-news-travels-fast/ http://www.botanic-park.ky/great-news-travels-fast/#comments Wed, 12 Mar 2014 23:10:17 +0000 http://localhost/botanical/?p=698 Fox News highlights The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park as a popular destination on the Cayman Islands. View the video below.

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Silver Medal for its Entry in the 2008 RHS Chelsea Flower Show http://www.botanic-park.ky/silver-medal-for-its-entry-in-the-2008-rhs-chelsea-flower-show/ http://www.botanic-park.ky/silver-medal-for-its-entry-in-the-2008-rhs-chelsea-flower-show/#comments Sun, 09 Mar 2014 00:55:03 +0000 http://localhost/botanical/?p=549 Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park wins a Silver Medal for its Entry in the 2008 RHS Chelsea Flower Show in Chelsea, London, 20-24 May 2008

The Heritage Garden Grand Cayman 2008 Entry
at the Chelsea Flower Show


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The Sand Garden is the traditional style of garden in the Cayman Islands. The way a society shapes and arranges dwellings and domestic spaces is a reflection of the way-of-life, and of the values held in common by that society. The cultural combination of African practices of using and maintaining the shaded sandy spaces around their dwellings and the British traditions of using flowering plants to decorate their gardens has resulted in a remarkably distinctive sand flower yard in the Cayman Islands. As the Cayman Islands have become more affluent, this style of garden has fallen out of favour; however, an increasing number of Caymanians are rediscovering the sand garden as part of their cultural heritage and as a more sustainable and environmentally friendly way of gardening.The backdrop to the garden is a façade of a traditional Caymanian cottage. The traditional cottage is of modest size with a porch on the front, and it is painted in attractive pastel colours with fret work decorating the front. The Caymanian cottage is an integral part of the sand garden. The sand garden is traditionally bounded by both dry stone walls made from limestone and picket fences. The land for crops would be cleared and any stones that were removed were used to make the boundary wall. The wall separates the sand garden from the road or path that passes in front and the fences separate the garden from neighboring properties or the natural woodland beyond the space cleared for the cottage and sand garden. An arch with a climbing flowering plant rises over the entry gate.  Both the rural and town Cayman sand gardens are very similar and contain the same design elements.

The terrain in the Cayman Islands is very rocky with alkaline soil occurring in pockets. Wherever soil does occur it is usually thin and exceedingly well drained (except in the swamps). The plants grown in the sand garden are ones that can withstand the long dry season with very little supplemental watering. The ornamental plants must not require too much care as the crop plants would take priority. Plants with fragrant flowers, especially by the porch or bedroom window were popular. The location of the cottage and garden would determine the types of plants grown with a protected inland garden containing a wider variety of plants than one located closer to the sea. The garden depicted in the exhibit is one far enough from the sea that it is protected by the sand dune and a thicket of sea grape (Coccoloba uvifera), not actually depicted in the exhibit, and coconut palms so that a wider variety of plants can be grown. The central feature of the garden is the white sand that is used as a mulch to cover the ground. The sand garden would be swept clean once a week, if not more, and a fresh layer of white sand applied at each Christmas for a “white Christmas”. The stone wall is a traditional limestone dry stone wall used to delineate the front of the property. The pathway to the house is made in the traditional manner using bits of dead coral that has washed up on the beach. This coral acts like a “doorbell” as the homeowner can hear when someone approaches the house from the scrunching sound made by the visitor’s feet on the coral. The pathways were always lined with conch shells. Even today, the traditional Cayman cat boat can be found laying under a tree when not in use.  The Cayman Islanders were traditionally a seafaring people and the cat boat was an important possession. A cat boat is used in the exhibit as a tribute to Cayman’s seafaring heritage and the boat is filled with the flowers and foliage of the modern Cayman garden.The plants chosen for the exhibit are those that have been grown in the Cayman Islands traditionally for many generations and which can still be found in gardens today and newer plants that are now found in the modern Cayman garden. Ornamental plants were found near the house along with a few economic plants while most crops were grown further away in what is called grounds”. The Coconut Tree (Cocos nucifera) was very important due to the many products it provided. The native plants incorporated into the exhibit are ones that have deep cultural significance to the Cayman Islanders while a few of the traditional tropical crop and medicinal plants relate to the important relationship Caymanians had to the land. The ornamentals used have either always been favorites in the Cayman Islands or are newer varieties that are now found in the Cayman gardens of today.  The foliage and flowers exhibited in the cat boat display a variety of non-traditional plants that can be found in the modern Cayman garden.

As seen online at BBC

Proud Winner of the Silver Flora Medal 20-24 May 2008

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