On February 25, 2020, the Apothecary Garden hosted a colourful ceremony where the Embassy of Grenada presented Grenada’s national flower seeds, which were a part of the display that won the largest flower contest RHS Chelsea Flower Show
The Apothecary Garden, founded in 1706, by decree of Peter the Great is the oldest botanical garden in Russia. With a history of 314 years, the Apothecary Garden is the most exotic corner of wildlife in the center of Moscow, on Mir Prospect. Today it is one of the most pleasant places in the city to relax, where at the same time you can find palm trees, Japanese carps, cats of royal blood, sunbathing turtles and blooming sakura.
Grenada’s national flower, the Bougainvillea (Nyctaginaceae) is a genus of woody climbers. Bougainvilleas are widely-grown and are popular tropical vines whose main attractions are very colourful bracts or leaves. These bracts are mistaken by many as the flowers of the plant because of their prominence. The flowers are actually the trumpet-like, small, white and inconspicuous items surrounded by the bracts. Each cluster of three flowers has three to six bracts surrounding them.
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Grenada to the Russian Federation, His Excellency Mr. Oleg Firer presented the seeds of Grenada’s national flower to the city of Moscow through the Apothecary Garden. This flower was a part of the display that won the largest floral contest, RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2019. Grenada has already won 15 gold medals at this contest. Last year’s theme was called, “Carnival of Exotic Tropical Flowers”. This Bougainvillea will be a magnificent addition to the collection of the Apothecary Garden, which contains the most striking examples of the world’s flora.
Actor Steven Seagal, Ms. Anna Danilova, the municipal parliamentarian of the Meshchansky district and Ms. Lynessa Griffith, cultural attaché of the Embassy of Grenada also attended the flower presentation ceremony. The director of the Apothecary Garden, municipal deputy Mr. Aleksey Reteyum, hosted the ceremony.
This colourful event opened the new season on a sunny Moscow day.