The Garden Club of Bermuda awards scholarships each year to Bermudians pursuing studies in horticulture, floriculture, landscaping, environmental studies and other related subjects.

The awards date back to 1957 and are presented each August for the academic year starting in September.

There is no age limit for applicants. Past recipients include Ed Manuel, Walwyn Hughes, Tom Wadson, Kevin Monkman, Malcolm Griffiths, Lisa Green, Terry Lynn Thompson, Jeremy Madeiros, Carlos Amaral, Claire Jessey, Stuart Hayward and Lisa Dawn Johnson.

Last year, the recipients were Rachael Antonition, Michelle Conklin, Kyle Furbert and Clair Grenfell.

Ms Antonition was studying for a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in landscape architecture at Kingston University in the UK. Ms Conklin was entering her final year at Guelph University in Canada, studying for a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in environmental science.

Mr Furbert was to study environmental science at the University of East Anglia in the UK.

Ms Grenfell was entering her final year at Queen’s University in Canada, studying for a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Environmental Science.

Fundraising

The 2012/13 scholarship recipients are: Rachael Antonition, Arthur Begeman, Denzel Simons, Kyle Furbert and Ryan Branco.

The Garden Club of Bermuda was established in 1921 to stimulate interest in horticulture, floral design and other related subjects. Its mission was also to aid the conservation of natural resources on the island. 

The club holds meetings on the second Friday of every month, usually in the Horticultural Hall of the Botanical Gardens. It also has workshops in floral art, gardening, and competitive bench exhibits. Members can also use the club library.

Many are engaged in fundraising projects for the Scholarship Programme, via the House and Gardens Programme, Garden Tours and other projects. 

This year, the club is holding its major fundraiser at Orange Grove, Devonshire, on November 17, from 10am-4pm.

Entitled ‘Christmas in November’, the historic Bermuda home will be on display and will be beautifully decorated by the Garden Club’s award-winning florists.

Orange Grove is reputed to be haunted by three ghosts and has been visited by ghost hunter Kurt Knapp of Discovery Channel’s American Hauntings. Host John Cox will be on hand with his own books, Bermuda’s Favourite Haunts.

Visitors will also be able to tour the acres of gardens and woodland surrounding Orange Grove. They include a croquet lawn, giant kapok tree and enchanting garden walks. 

Crafts, home baking and plants will be on sale, as well as pony rides and other activities. All proceeds from the event go to the Garden Club’s Scholarship Programme.

For more information visit The Garden Club of Bermuda’s website at: www.gardenclubbermuda.org.

Scholarship Recipients 2012