St. Croix Hibiscus Society annual show on Sunday


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ST. CROIX - Hibiscus growers across the territory will be blooming with pride this weekend as the St. Croix Hibiscus Society presents its 26th Annual Hibiscus Bloom Show and Plant Sale.

The show, from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the University of the Virgin Islands Great Hall, will feature some of the best blooms from the Hibiscus Society and its growers on St. Croix, St. Thomas and Tortola.

Susan Wall, a spokeswoman for the Hibiscus Society, said there is much to enjoy about hibiscuses and they come in many other colors than the traditional single red that is seen on landscapes, including oranges, pinks and yellows.

Judging of blooms takes place Sunday morning, and the winning blooms go on display in the afternoon for the public to view and admire.

In addition to hundreds of judged blooms in many categories - including the coveted Best of Show Single, Best of Show Double, Best of Show Miniature, and Best of Show Seedling - a plant sale of exotic hibiscuses will take place during the afternoon and will include 80 to 90 plants in dozens of varieties, sizes and colors.

Workshops about caring for hibiscuses will be take place between 3 and 4 p.m. and include speakers David Hamada, director of the St. Croix Village Botanical Gardens, talking on basic horticulture; Errol Chichester, deputy commissioner of Agriculture, speaking specifically about hibiscus care; and Joe Williamson, UVI Extension specialist in pest management talking about hibiscus pest control.

In addition to the hibiscus flowers and plants on display, a number of bonsai, fern, and hibiscus decorative displays will be presented, as well as a hibiscus art sale and a hibiscus raffle.

Wall said the St. Croix Chapter of the American Hibiscus Society started more than 25 years ago with a goal to promote the cultivation of hibiscus on the island and to educate the public about the plant.

The group meets at 2:30 p.m. the third Saturday of each month in Room 133 on the UVI campus, next to the Great Hall.

Members of the public are welcome to register their blooms for judging.

Residents bringing in blooms are reminded to clip them carefully the morning of the show, avoid touching the petals, lay them gently on their sides in a box or basket and bring them to the show location between 8 and 9 a.m.

- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email fstokes@dailynews.vi.

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