Antigua and Barbuda Horticulture Society

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ABHS is a not for profit organization established in 1956 which has along history in Antigua Barbuda and the Eastern Caribbean, but had been dormant, we re-established the Society in 2009 in association with the Gard Center who provided us with a temporary home.
Our Aim is to build the society to become a center for learning, teaching and information about the Agricultural and Horticultural world that benefits the islands residents and visitors alike.

Master Plan

Raising Funds: to execute our long term goals and strategy: Our current funding are proceeds of our annual Flower Show, Tea Party, Memberships, Program fees, and Donations from individuals, businesses, and foundations and from Friends of the Society. A small grant, from GEF (SGP).
These revenue streams need to be strongly enhanced in order for the Society to continue its goals.

Our Goals

We are building a vibrant visitor center with displays on the history and philosophy of the gardens of Antigua Barbuda and the Caribbean.

The Master Plan aims to interpret the location of our two acres of land, featuring

A greenhouse for propagation, teaching and demonstrations
Extensive dry gardens
Water Garden
Sustainable flower gardens/ Local medicinal Garden 


Extensive and complete 194 species of the Agave ( Our National Flower)
300‘ species of Aloe Vera ‘Asphodelaceae’
A Research Library
Extensive botanical books
Meeting Venue
Small gift shop

Key programs and services agenda

Create a public persona by forming a liaison with other like-minded Government and Non Governmental Organizations.
Offer a monthly teaching seminar on gardening for sustainability
A bi -monthly Newspaper column

Educational programs

Quarterly lecture series open to members and non-members.
Annual symposium plant based-Education
Partnership for youth garden programs via schools
Create small educational publications.
Annual Calendar
Current Promotions
Web Site with a ‘Love where you garden blog’
Facebook Page
Adopt and create other public gardens and a portion of a highway to beautify our surroundings and keep it well tended and clean.
Annual membership $50 Sponsorship from $500+
Friends of the Agave Gardens from $150
Corporate Partners From $ 1000 +


Mission Statement:

Share what you know, Share what you grow.
ABHS is new and dynamic organisation, we introduce gardening to a wide variety of our society to educate, teach, conserve and to achieve excellence in plant knowledge, garden design and an appreciation of plants in the environment.
We get special discounts at selected Garden centers
Plant Exchanges at our meetings
Private garden visitations
Planned overseas trips
Liaise with other Botanical Gardens in the Caribbean and register with the RHS in an effort to attend and compete at the annual Chelsea Flower in the U.K.

We are open to anyone who is passionate about gardening, horticulture, who wants to learn, and share his or her knowledge.

Our General meetings are November through May and we have a quarterly executive Board meeting.

President- Mrs. Barbara Japal
Research- Mr. Patrick Ryan
Secretary- Mrs. Generis Hodge
Treasurer- Mrs. Jackie Feracho-Williams
Asst Treasurer- Mrs. Yvonne Martin
Events- Mr. Gary Fletcher

Accomplishments to date see

1st Meeting at GARD

Treasurers report under separate cover

January 2009 Reactivation of Memberships
February 2009 Field Trip to Barbados Flower and Garden Show
March 2009 Merge of the old and new societies
March 2009 Created a Web Site and e mail
April 2009 Acquisition of our Land on Friars Hill Road
May2009 Articles of Incorporation Non Profit Company
August 2009 School presentation and installation of a vegetable garden
September 2009 Field Trip to the Goodenough’s Garden at Rotten Hill
October 2009 Fund Raiser-Fitches Creek Home and Garden show
November 2009 Clean up-the airport gardens Joint effort with ABITPC
December 2009 Fund Raiser Tea Party-Evans Home
January 2010 Field Trip to President gardensField Trip to Barbados Flower and Garden show
February 2010 Clean up of the median at the airportClean up of the garden’s at Gardc
February 2010 Install a new garden at GardCWhile teaching technique of how to install a garden to 20 students
March 2010 Erecting sign on our land
April 2010 Fund Raiser 1st Annual Flower and Garden show
May 2010 Field Trip to Evelyn’s Garden
August 2010 Governor General became our Patron
October 2010 Clearing of the Land scheduled
November 2010 Participation in the restoration of the Government House gardens – which began but was, put on hold.
December 2010 Fundraiser Tea Party at Government HouseFund raiser at the home of Member Martha Gilkes
December 2010 We adapted the median near the airport in front of the ECAB, bank we plant and maintain it