The Garden Club of Trinidad | The Unsuspecting Garden

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I love these garden club meetings, where we venture off to visit the garden of a club member. 

We visit the gardens of homeowners and or their guests. The experience is exciting, to say the least. It is also educational and inspiring. 

Usually, I am full of anticipation, leading up to each weekend meeting. We usually wake up with just enough time to get ready, grab breakfast w to go coffee, and bottled water. I love taking my boots but otherwise casually dressed we head out on a road trip, directions in hand to our meeting.

Each meeting of the Garden Club is hosted by a particular homeowner and features a local garden and we typically follow the same format, each time.

We arrive at an informal meet and greet, we get seated for a formal presentation talk or the other.

We compete and play games, quizzes (guess the plant from a group of photos provided), a raffle and judge the show bench for the day. The meetings are held monthly.

The show bench is a specific table/ area set up where members bring the specified plant family for show/ display.

 Our president give the opening remarks and kicking off our meeting.

Our president give the opening remarks and kicking off our meeting.

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 Our host this month... Gerard.

Our host this month... Gerard.

 Snack time... always filled with yummy eats.

Snack time... always filled with yummy eats.

We usually have by a show of hands which plant is the best of the set, the members choice and some other crafty titles are voted on and each winner is gifted a healthy, thriving potted plant.

Similarly, the winners of the raffle are also gifted a beautiful, potted plant. There are usually screams and ahhhhs, as the prizes are always coveted.

We break for refreshments and end informally just chatting and mingling until folks start saying their byes. 

I leave excited for the month to come. It'ss great having these meetings to look forward to.

There is so much in this Gerard's Garden that opened my eyes and stands out.

First off, I am drawn to how private the garden is. 

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First off, I am captivated by the grand entrance, and plant life welcoming you upon entering.  The double vaulted ceiling and foyer area is filled with light, muted colours and potted plants

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Secondly, how private the garden is. Pretty much unnoticeable from the front of the home, you are able to be in the yard/ garden with a high level of privacy that astonishes me.

The brave assortment of plants. The varieties, their colours and mix of flowering and non-flowering plants... communicates a boldness I was previously unsure about. The dense use of layers, varying heights also very noticeable. The use of pots and plants placed directly in the soil also stood out.

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I call it the unsuspecting garden, because of the way the garden is nestled at the back of the main structure and home, private away from the main entrance and main road access to the residence. I loved the feeling of privacy yet that feeling of still being completely outdoors in nature. I can see myself here. Right here.

With love from Freeport, until our next meeting and more garden love.
Chan