Flowers in Paradise - the World Flower Show 2017, Barbados

The main reason that we had been invited to Barbados was to attend the 12th World Flower Show, titled Flowers in Paradise and presented by the World Association of Floral Artists. Prior to visiting the show we didn't know such a thing existed and whilst you'll know by now that when we visit greenhouses we do our best to avoid bright colours and jubilant flowers, we definitely had to jump in at the deep end here. 

Whilst our encounter with the members of WAFA was a short one, we quickly learned of their passion to create arrangements and installations out of whatever flora or foliage they can find. 

Flowers in Paradise - World Flower Show 2017 Barbados
Flowers in Paradise - World Flower Show 2017 Barbados

The show consisted of a number of competitions; some briefed prior to the event that just required the arrangements to be constructed on arrival and others that were 'live' and delivered during the event itself. We thought it was quite interesting in what was called an 'imposed' category as all entrants were given the same materials to work with - the results were so varied!  

There were also demonstrations, workshops and a gala dinner (the latter of which we attended and made some friends that had come from Leeds and Harrogate to show their skills) as well as opportunities to meet other members from all over the world. 

Flowers in Paradise - World Flower Show 2017 Barbados
Flowers in Paradise - World Flower Show 2017 Barbados
Flowers in Paradise - World Flower Show 2017 Barbados

We think it's fair to say that although this isn't exactly 'us' we can certainly appreciate another group of people that get together to focus on the beauty of natural elements. We liked that they left no stone unturned; it wasn't just fresh and lively florals that were used in the displays but curled leaf scraps and seed pods also found their way into the pieces. We kind of wanted to get our hands stuck in and see what we could do ourselves - maybe next time... Incidentally the next World Flower Show will be held in Jaipur in 2020 and we'd be open to a trip to India if anyone's reading this... ;-D

To see what else we got up to on the island see our posts here.

Our trip to Barbados was supported by Visit Barbados - as always on this website, views expressed are our own. 

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