The Gleaner | Tuesday May 22, 2012 | 1:43 pm
Her Majesty the Queen greets Mrs Lucille Levene of the Jamaica Horticultural Society - UK VOICE/Photograph.
Caribbean Florist group the Jamaica Horticultural Society was awarded Gold for Plant of the Year at the Royal Horticultural Chelsea Show yesterday.
The team, who were greeted by the Her Majesty the Queen at the special event, confessed they had hopes of taking gold at the annual event this year, after winning eleven Silver Gilts Awards over the past 16 years.
Team leader Lucille Levene said: “Each year we came to Chelsea we try our best in spite of the challenges, but we love Jamaica and all the beautiful flowers it has to offer."
"As part of Jamaica’s 50th Independence we really worked hard to make the trip to London, mostly because we need to show even our flowers have 'bolt'," she added.
Award-winning JHS is made up of volunteers from the Caribbean island.
The floristry exhibition aims to encourage amateur gardeners of all levels to try to accomplish similar displays in their own gardens and will be open to the public from May 22 to 26.