Kitchen Garden Club is a Facebook group that was created on March 31 by Jacky Barry. The group was formed to motivate members to grow their own garden, hence reaping the benefits by being sustainable, receiving the much needed exercise and a healthier lifestyle by eating real organic produce.
This non-profit Facebook group has grown tremendously with 1,600 members to date. Kitchen Garden Club tries to give back to our community in many ways by inspiring and motivating others with the moto: Grow what you eat and eat what you grow. Over the last several months, many interested persons have joined our group’s vision and began sharing the joy of gardening.
Through the sharing of gardening tips and the swapping of plants with other members, communication on social media within the group has ignited a kindred community spirit on The Friendly Island St. Maarten. Kitchen Garden Club is not your ordinary garden club either; with our unique and creative garden challenges, we keep the club fun and interactive via pictures, videos, kitchen recipes and gardening tips.
Kitchen Garden Club strives to create a welcoming gardening experience where we can learn from one another. During the COVID 19 lockdown, Kitchen Garden Club hosted its first “Swap n Go”, which gave both novice and experienced gardeners the opportunity to share plants, gardening tips and homemade delectables from their personal gardens.
The interest and demand were so overwhelming we felt the need to repeat it, but this time opening it to the general public of St. Maarten and not only to our members on social media. Kitchen Garden Club will be hosting its first “Swap Sip & Share” on Sunday, July 26, in the Gardens of Emilio’s Restaurant, Rockland Estate, from 8:00am to 12:00 noon.
The event is free. Dress code is typical garden-wear and there will be prizes for the best gardening outfit and the most creative display of swapping goods. Rainforest Adventures will also be open with special local rates for those who want to admire the event from up top.
Sweetpan Entertainment will be setting the tone with their sweet sounds. Visit our Garden Art Display corner, wooden planters, painted rocks and creative garden signs and more. There will also be an “eat what you grow” sampling corner from our members home-grown gardens.
President Jacqueline Barry (+1 721 554 8334) and organisers Nila Hogeboezem (+1 721 587 1326) and Mercedes “Elektra” van der Waals-Wyatt (+1 721 523 7418) would like to thank you in advance for considering our free gardening event. Do consider joining us as we need your support to make this event a grand success and hopefully an annual event, and if you have any questions or need more information, do not hesitate to contact us.