I confess that I cannot look at anyone with a straight face or without the blink of an eye and say to him/her that the grounds of many of our state properties are well kept (I do not speak here of having bushes or being untidy). Have we become so politically minded that we have repudiated the finer things of life, things that enhance the aesthetics of our surroundings?
What has become of landscaping in this country? In many instances all the eyes see on these properties are wood and concrete and a few patches of grass which might be considered to be lawns. We boast that Guyana is rich in flora, but show me the evidence of this on the grounds of , for example, the Public Buildings, the Umana Yana, the 1823 Monument, the National Aquatic Centre, the Arthur Chung Conference Centre, the Enmore Martyrs’ Monument, to name a few.
How many Guyanese have ever seen our national flower aside from the printed version on the Coat of Arms?
Maybe a few of our technical institutes may want to offer a course in landscaping. Maybe for our observance of the 50th anniversary of attaining Republic status, the planners should have included a competition for the best landscaped public and private properties in Georgetown. (Just thinking aloud) Arise Guyana! We need to do better. Can we do it?
Bernel L. H. Wickham
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