(CMR) The Children's Garden at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park was a big hit for children who attended the Family Fun Day hosted by the Garden Club of Grand Cayman (GCGC) and the Botanic Park on Sunday, January 24.
The event garnered many visitors, offering their support for the Children Garden project currently under development.
Through this fundraising event, the Club has contributed to two features of the planned Children’s Garden.
“All the money that we have raised over the past few years is for the Children’s Garden. We are all looking forward to the development of the Maze and Sensory Garden, both sponsored by our Club,” said GCGC Botanic Park representative, Jill Wood.
Wood said the event was well-received despite it being a hot day.
“I believe it was a resounding success! Everyone absolutely loved it. The Children’s Garden will be an amazing addition to the Park,” she added.
The day's highlights were the newly opened features, which sparked children and adults' interest.
“The Observation Tower, Cayman Islands Orchid Society Wild Banana Orchid sculpture created by Joseph Betty, the Greenlight Re-Grow Zone, KRyS Global Discovery Pond, Cayman National Splashpad and giant Bird’s Nests created by Tansy Maki were all overwhelmingly enjoyed,” the Botanic Park General Manager, John Lawrus said.
“Just seeing the children’s faces as they discovered what a bird must feel like in their own nest was a hit on its own. The views overlooking the Pond, children cooling off in the Splashpad, and watching people explore the views over the treetops provided a positive experience for all,” he added.
The GCGC has raised more than $30,000 through its annual Family Fun Day events, with approximately $9,000 raised at Sunday’s event.
But Lawrus said there was still a lot to be done as the Park is still in need of approximately CI$400,000 to finish the majority of the Children’s Garden.
“There are pathways to establish and shade trees and sails, along with many more details to be installed, and we need help from the community to finish this important part of the Park,” he explained.
The plans also include developing a Great Lawn, Butterfly Garden, and Recycling Garden.
Lawrus expressed appreciation to all those who have contributed to the Garden over the years.
“We, along with our sponsors, are so pleased to bring such an amazing garden to life,” he said.
Director of the Tourism Attraction Board (TAB) Patrick Thompson said the organization was excited to see the Children’s Garden's progress.
Thompson said, “Through quality partnerships like these as well as continued financial support from other private sector partners, we will achieve our goal of completing one of the best fun and playful learning environments which encourages our children to interact with nature.”
For more information about the Children’s Garden project and how individuals or companies can donate, John Lawrus may be contacted on 947-9462 or email [email protected] .