Dear Flower Lover
Guess what we realised, it’s Black History Month in October.
And yes, we know its September, in fact, it’s the autumn equinox today- a time for celebration, nevertheless, we got so so so excited about our discovery that we wanted to share what we have already uncovered with those who might enjoy the work of another flower lover-NOW!
Marigold Harding- First Jamaican to present floral designs at Chelsea Flower Show
We discovered that Marigold Harding is the first Jamaican ever to be named as an international judge in floral arts competitions. Then we decided to find out more and wow, we found an incredible woman.
Marigold Harding, a justice of the peace, a multifaceted career woman and community worker whose activities span many fields of endeavour.
She is a medical technologist who received her training at the University of the West Indies; an interior decorator/designer, horticulturist, florist and show judge at the international level; a paralegal and office administrator, a mentor to university students and she has been a JP since 1982.
Her awards and ribbons garnered are several Silver Gilt trophies earned from London’s prestigious Chelsea Flower Show. She has distinguished herself as a judge at top flower shows all over the world and still gets asked to do these duties every year. As a medical technologist, she worked at hospitals in Jamaica and abroad and served by her husband’s side when he was Jamaica’s chargé d’affaires in Mexico.
Marigold is a master flower show judge, the first Jamaican to attain that status. There are now 10 master flower show judges in Jamaica. Harding is also a member of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Royal Horti-cultural Society, Jamaica Horti-cultural Society, and has won many awards locally and inter-nationally.
She has represented Jamaica several times at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show in London, Florallies of Ghent in Belgium and in the U.S.A. Most recently, she was invited to judge at the Horticultural Exposition in Shenyang, China.
So as we pondered that fact that she is the first Jamaican ever to be named as an international judge in floral arts competitions. We smiled at the following quote:
“The invitation to Jamaica to participate in the 2006 festival was a reflection of the (significant) interest in Jamaica and what we do. We’ve been very successful in other arenas, such as sports and education.so using this medium will provide yet another aspect of Jamaica – its flora and fauna – that people have not traditionally seen,” Mrs. Harding .
And as we pondered on the fact that Jamaicans work together in unity and Jamaica’s participation was made possible by sponsorship from Air Jamaica Ltd. and Pan Jamaican investment Trust Ltd., with respect to transportation as well as logistics. We smiled even more broadly and just saw more evidence of a beautiful community finding a number of ways to unite in their activities home and abroad.
Well done Mrs Harding- The entire team at The London Flower Lover wish you continued success!
The London Flower Lover
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