Minister of Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation Mahama Ayariga has declared himself the ‘chief patron’ of the fledging gardening movement in Ghana as he launched the Ghana Garden and Flower Show yesterday.
The 3rd annual show, themed ‘The World is Your Garden,’ will run from September 10-14th at the Children’s Park in Accra, and will feature exhibitors, florists, subsistence gardeners, pot makers, and real estate developers, along with workshops, clinics, a fashion extravaganza, and an awards ceremony.
It was organized by Stratcomm Africa in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation to push gardening into the Ghanaian public sphere.
Minister Ayariga related gardening to issues of spatial development, land use, and proper planning of cities, towns and communities.
‘It is knowledge that all of us have. We all can do it, but we haven’t put a place for it in our infrastructure, we haven’t created the necessary commitment, personally and collectively as a society, to build those gardens in our homes, and to build our communities as beautiful gardens that everybody would love to live in,’ says the Minister.
‘I believe that if we took these things seriously, many of the things that happened on June 3rd this year might not have happened. One of the reasons we have the problems with the floods is what I would call the concretization of Accra.’
He had no doubt that landscapes and garden plots would better impede the flow of rainwater and save urban areas from frequent flooding.
CEO of Stratcomm Africa, Esther Cobbah stressed that the Ghana Garden and Flower Show is not only to advocate gardening as a way to beautify Ghana, but also as an economic industry.
‘Countries like Holland have generated tremendous value from the flower business, and African countries like Kenya are earning billions of dollars from exporting flowers and plants,’ she indicated.
By Kevin Trevellyan
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