Jamaica is off to a gold medal start in London with the biggest win at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for best 'Tropical Flowers, Fruits & Foliage' marking the first-ever Chelsea gold medal for Jamaica.
Jamaica, represented by a team of committed volunteers who have travelled to London each year for the past 16 years to participate at the Royal Horticultural Society, Chelsea Flower Show (an international event, coined the Olympics of flowers and everything horticulture), created a stunning display equal to the warmth and beauty of the country, themed 'Celebrate - Land of Beauty' and which featured gold bamboo, yellow and red prized orchids and a trail of fresh fruits known to Jamaica. Fruits that include ackee, pineapples, alongside famed juicy Jamaican mangoes, and coffee beans from the world-famous Blue Mountains of Jamaica.
"We have started the trail of gold medals for Jamaica in London," shouts Lucille (Blossom) Levene, coordinator of the team who, joined by her follow teammates Sean Pierre, Kevin Ritty, Heather Murray, Georgia Byles, Anne Ramsey and Lorna Easthope are in London jumping with joy.
"This year is Jamaica's golden jubilee of Independence and we could not be more happier, than to win our very first RHS Chelsea gold medal in our year of celebration in spite of all the challenges to get our prized flowers and fruit here from Jamaica. We all are so overwhelmed we got gold," says Levene.
Anne Ramsey, also in the JHS Chelsea team, went on to explain some of the challenges the team faced this year in getting support and sponsorship for the team to participate this year at the Chelsea Flower Show and how they evoked prayer for this gold medal. "We would like to thanks Victoria Mutual Building Society in Jamaica, British Airways Cargo, British Airways (Jamaica), the Jamaican High Commission in London, Lanwades in the UK and Pak Cosmetics, also in the UK, for their support and help to sponsor this year's team," adds Ramsey.