Whether you love tending to flowers, receiving them, or simply taking selfies with them, you’ll be happy to know the annual Ghana Garden & Flower Show is back! In its fifth year, the event is slated for August 31 until September 4 at the Efua Sutherland Children’s Park in Accra and is centered on the “Flower Ghana, Grow Ghana” movement by Strategic Communications (STRATCOMM) Africa and partners.
The Ghana Garden & Flower Show is already becoming a fixture. The 2016 edition featured 80 exhibitors and a record attendance of 15,000 people – a significant jump from the 1,400 attendees in the first year. This year’s show promises to be equally as captivating with an exhibition of flowers, garden implements accessories and so on; adult and kid workshops; a jazz night; as well as a fashion in the park show featuring illustrator and designer Papa Oppong as headliner. You can also expect a children’s playground and food court; a conference on floriculture and horticulture; and a party in the park.
An intimate media launch was held at the Labadi Beach Hotel on June 16 in the presence of Minister for Environment, Science and Technology Honorable Frimpong Boateng, Dutch ambassador His Excellency Ron Strikker, and Esther Cobbah, CEO of Stratcomm Africa – the organizers of the Garden and Flower show. Describing the 5-year event as “a movement”, Cobbah explained how floriculture and horticulture can help develop Ghana by promoting environmental conservation and improved livelihoods through floriculture and horticulture.
She emphasized that gardens and flowers help contribute to people, prosperity, peace, partnership and the plant; the 5Ps of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The Honorable Minister Frimpong Boateng echoed her sentiments: “More and more people are realizing that green projects are good for business.” He encouraged the promotion of horticulture and floriculture as viable job opportunities which help curb environmental degradation.