History

The club was established 1965, by a group of keen local and expatriate gardeners whose aims included fostering interest in gardening, improving existing gardening methods, and providing a focal point for the exchange of information on topics of horticultural interest.  Contrary to many clubs and associations, social activities were and still are kept to a minimum in order for the primary aims of the association to be the main priority.

His Highness Shaikh Isa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Amir of Bahrain graciously accepted the invitation to become the club’s Patron in 1967.  His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa followed his father’s step and accepted the club’s patronage in 1999.

Meetings of members were held in a small conference room at the Gulf Hotel, where members enjoyed tea and talks in elegant surroundings. While the organization was expanding, the administration was becoming increasingly difficult to handle without establishing a headquarters for the club. At this point, the Bahrain Government generously allocated the club premises in Juffair for the use of the Bahrain Garden Club.  The original building was small with an area outside that was developed by the members and turned into a pleasant garden.  In 2011 – 2012, the building was enlarged to include a spacious lecture hall a veranda and store rooms.  The garden was also improved to be used as a working area to practice points learned in theory during lectures.  Practical demonstrations are occasionally held in the garden during the season when time and space permits. The garden’s main function is to provide a peaceful, colorful corner, in which members may relax especially with the addition of the veranda that serves as a garden tea room and overlooks the garden.

The first of the annual open flower and vegetable shows was held at the theater of what was then H.M.S. Juffair.  Compared to present day standards, the show was a very modest affair.   As the participation grew, the show venue was moved to Gulf Hotel to accommodate more exhibitors and in recent years it is being held at a specious venue “The Bahrain International Exhibition Centre”

The best reflection of our success continues to be the immense interest and support given to the Annual Flower and Vegetable show as a corner stone of the Bahrain International Garden show since its inception in 2004.  This show is one of the largest in the Gulf, gives schools, gardeners and flower arrangers a chance to show their craft and skill, and provides a platform for commercial establishments to promote themselves.

Such demonstrations provide an important incentive for those who might wish to go on and study horticulture at higher level, and more importantly, it shows what can be achieved, admittedly with determination and effect, in a somewhat difficult growing zone in the world.

When one looks at the progress, the garden club is justly proud of having played a modest but important role, in the Island’s horticultural development.  There is every reason to be optimistic.  As far as the private sector is concerned, gardening has become more exciting though not necessarily easier, with the wide availability of modern soil additives, fertilizers and pest control agents.  Garden centers and nurseries now supply the home enthusiasts with a huge variety of seeds, plants, and shrubs, many of which were difficult if not impossible to grow here a few years ago, so the outlook is exciting.





 

 

THE BGC is Affiliated to The Royal Horticultural Society - UK since 1966