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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
Web Site with a ‘Love where you garden blog’
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 +
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|
|January 2011||Meet Mr. Martin Slocock, of the RHSWho invited society to the UK to visit the Chelsea, Flower and Garden Show|
|February 2011||Presentation to our members and invited guests on how to prepare to compete in a show and Garden visit to Rotten Hill, Mr. Andrew and Dina Goodenough|
|April 2011||2nd Flower and Garden ShowWe prepared and installed and demonstrated a dry garden at GardC|
|May 2011||We attended the Chelsea Flower and Garden show in the UK, invited by Mr. Martin Slocock to meet the principals in a view to attend and compete|
|June 2011||Field Trip to Francella Barnes garden winner of the home and garden show|
|October 2011||Field Trips Garden Visit|
|November 2011||Seminar on plant diseases at GardC.|
|December 2011||2nd,Fundraiser Tea party at Government House|
|December 2011||Invited to speak at the Home and Garden Show Presentation|
|Jan 2012||Barbados Flower and Garden Show|
|February 2012||Seminars taught a Backyard gardening course at GardC|
|March 2012||3rd, Flower and garden ShowInstalled and demonstrated how to grow and maintain a flower and vegetable garden|
|April 2012||We arranged and hosted a series of Flower arranging Seminars|
|August 2012||Mr. Patrick Ryan of Bryson’s presentation to join the society|
|November 2012||Radio discussions and seminars on Lethal Yellow.|
|December 2012||3rd Fund Raiser Tea Party at Government HouseFund raiser at the home of Member Martha Gilkes|
|January and February March 2013||GardC: We partnered in an Agricultural, Horticultural seminar and taught 60 students on how to start a garden, we included visits to local garden centers and assisted to find internships for the students.We culminated with market day where we sold the produce.|
|January 2013||General meeting garden visit and seminar at Siboney’s garden compliments of our member of Mr. Tony Johnson|
|February 2013||Hosted four visits from the USA Historical and Garden Society, we offered instructional seminars|
|March 2013||1st Flower and Garden Show, held on the land|
|March 2013||Created a natural and medicinal herb garden, tagged and curated|
|April 2013||Preparation to create a new gardenat the land|
|April 2013||Visit to the gardens of Mrs Yvonne Martin , instruction and garden design|
|May, 2013||Invited to visit Chelsea Flower Show and Physic Garden UK|
|June 2013||Plant Sale on the land|
|July 2013||Field Trips to Jumby Bay and Janie Easton’s Garden|
|August 2013||Taught a garden design course for the Home and Garden festival.|
|August 2013||Fencing of the land|
|September 2013||Created the ‘Friends of the Society Begin to plant Agaves.|
|September 2013||Judging of the Homes and Gardens Festival|
|December 2013||Submitted application for a GEF, Global Enviromental Funds Grant to fund the development of the Agave Gardens .|
|January||Extra Ordinary Meeting, at Lindsay Hill- debrief on failed Tea Party due to weather and Government House,|
|January||Meeting with Landscape designer Ms. Sam FullerTopographical Survey arranged|
|February||Building Committee formed|
|February||Building Committee first meeting held at home of Generis and Errol Hodge|
|March||Check for US$25T received from GEF|
|April||2nd Flower and Garden Show at the Agave Gardens|
|May||Preparation of the grounds and Topographical survey completed|
|August||Ground Braking ceremony for our new building|
|September||Start of the building project|
|October||Start on the LandscapePlanting the gardens|
|December||Tea Party 2014|
|January||Completion of Phase 1|
|February||Meet with GEF funding representative Ms. Ruth Spencer.Review MOA and reconfirm submissions, pending Phase 2|
|March||Flower and Garden Show|