A full-colour “Coffee Table” book on the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park is now on sale. The publication was generated through the Tourism Attractions Board (TAB) staff but was made possible by contributions from three local business and by the pro bono work of several local photographers. The 96 page publication is notable for the 150 striking colour photographs of the natural beauty found in the Park, but it also presents extensive information about the wide array of plants, dangerous plants; etc. in a volume that is beautiful, entertaining and educational. It will be available in soft-cover and hard-cover editions, with the latter featuring a full-colour dust jacket.
Dave Martins of the TAB, who was responsible for editing and production, said, “The intention was to create a book that would be both a memento of the Park and one that would also capture some of the culture and flavor of Cayman, so it’s not only beautiful to look at and educational, but it’s fun to read”.
Botanic Park General Manager Andrew Guthrie, who co-authored the book with Mr. Martins said the publication, is a very welcome addition to the Park’s work. “Since the Park opened we’ve been constantly getting requests for a book about the plants and animals that are on display there; now we have it,” said Mr. Guthrie.
Minister for Tourism, the Honourable McKeeva Bush said the project was commendable. “There is tendency to as Government to do this, to do that. This book shows what can be achieved by individual initiative and commitment,” he said.
Approximately 80 pages of the book deal with Floral Gardens, the Woodland Trail, the Lake, and the Heritage Garden, but there are also interesting sidebars on other topics such as medicinal plants, useful plants, dangerous plants, etc.
The Book will be retailed through stores island-wide in hard-cover for $29.95 and soft-cover $19.95. Wholesale orders, 25 or more, can be placed directly through the Botanic Park at 947-9462 ext. 21.