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BEAUTIFICATION OF THE AIRPORT GARDENS
Monday 21st December 2009

Picture showing The Garden Girls with the Prime Minister from Left to right : Eloise Green, Arlene Winter, Delsie Christian, Honorable Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer, Barbara Japal & Martha Watkins Gilkes

The Beautification efforts of  the  airport gardens held on  Saturday  December  19th and  termed as  “a Christmas present to Antigua and  Barbuda”   has been deemed a Resounding success.     ABITPC  ( Antigua Barbuda independent Tourism Promotion Corp)  and the  Antigua  Barbuda Horticulture  Society  Joined forces to   come out  with some  nearly  60  strong  to  “attack” the  overgrown bougainvillea and  gardens of the  surrounds of the gardens at  V.C. Bird  Airport.     The early morning  efforts  started at   7  a.m.  With a blessing by  Canon Richardson  and  the  group  went into  high  gear  pruning and chopping back the over grown  vegetation.  The group consisted of some   25  ladies ,  15  Stanford gardeners and  an additional 14  gardeners whose employers offered  to help in the  cause.

The  Honorable Prime Minister  Baldwyn Spencer  made an on site visit at   9  a.m.  And   toured the  grounds and   met the press.   He congratulated the volunteer efforts of the  two groups.    Public Relations officer  of  ABITPC congratulated the  volunteers for their   efforts and  also the Horticultural Society for  Joining  ABITPC in the  beautification efforts.     Gilkes commented that while this was  a one time effort,   due to the great success,  there will be discussions on  “the way  forward” and  how  these  civic minded  organizations can work  together  to  continue the restoration of the  airport  gardens


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