Despite a rainy Friday, Saturday, January 16 proved to be a perfect day for the Abaco Branch of the Horticultural Society of The Bahamas’ first meeting of 2016. The group relished the cheery weather as they met at Pete’s Pub in Little Harbour.
The day’s varied guests had gathered to learn the delicate craft of attaching native air-plants to driftwood.
Preceding the meeting proper, Jack Hardy started off with an auction of trees and plants donated by the members. Despite the casual atmosphere of the meeting, locals and visitors alike were enthralled and yearned to learn more about native plants and home growing techniques.
Abaco, and The Bahamas as a whole, has a long history of small-scale agriculture. In preceding centuries it was common for Bahamian families to grow their own staple crops for subsistence, and our use of “bush medicine” is still popular to this day.
The Society’s agenda this year is to build on last year’s success and educate would-be horticulturists how to properly plant, grow, and care for their plants.
After the meeting many stayed to discuss their progress and take lunch and camaraderie in the warm sun. The Society can certainly feel satisfied that the attendees left not only with their own stunning air-plants, but practical knowledge that will provide better understanding of what it takes to be a Bahamian horticulturist.