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Governor General Dame Sandra Mason’s love for plants was highlighted yestersday at Agrofest.

Dame Sandra visited a number of floral booths during her tour of the agricultural exhibit.

She spent over two hours looking at some of the animals, including exotic birds and fish.

However, most of her time was spent admiring and even purchasing ornamental plants. She spent about 15 minutes at The Flower Pot booth discussing with other officials the type of flora she wanted in her garden at Government House. She specifically requested sage, not just the regular variety but a hybrid type that had different shades of orange.

Several arrangements

At the Barbados Cactus and Succulent Society booth, she browsed several ornamental arrangements which comprised mammillaria, sansevieria, haworthia and adenium plants.

She was also showered with a dish garden gift by the vice-president of that association, Diane Atkins-Bruce. The Governor General and Atkins-Bruce shared a laugh when Dame Sandra said she got the cacti and succulents before she asked to purchase them.

Dame Sandra also got some useful tips regarding environmental health from Mathew Goodridge of G’s Exotic Fish. He told her that gourami fish could be used to get rid of mosquito larvae.

The Governor General also petted a rabbit at the petting zoo and learnt more about the species of birds while visiting the Barbados Cage and Aviary booth. a segment of the Dairy shows and awarded prizes to some contestant’s animals. (SB)

Governor General Dame Sandra Mason and Senator Monique Taitt (right) admiring the plants on offer at Agrofest yesterday.

Behind is CEO of the BAS, James Paul.

Aliyah Harris touching Sam the sheep while owner Richard Banfield looks on.

Dario Coppin of Seedburst Nurseries (left) showing off his plants to 100-year-old Dame Avis Carrington. (Pictures by Sandy Pitt.)

Governor General Dame Sandra Mason cuddling this rabbit while touring Agrofest Expo at Queen’s Park.

Daquan Cordner showing off this bull, which goes by the name Surprise.

Analiah Forde, in red, and Rackeila Hyde 4th form students at Lester Vaughan School, join Dame Maizie Barker Welch in admiring some large pumpkins.

Association booth.

She also viewed and Beef cow shows of the contestant’s


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