Guavaberry tree finds home at Hortus Botanicus

POSTED: 04/4/12 11:49 AM

Perry Geerlings and Taeke Kuipers stand together near the gauvaberry tree planted in the greenhouse at Hortus Botanicus. 

St. Maarten – More than 18-months ago the St. Maarten Archaeological Center (Simarc) under the direction of its Director, Dr. Jay Haviser, embarked on a mission to initiate a tree exchange between St. Maarten and the Netherlands. With this tree exchange Simarc intended to symbolize a future of growth and prosperity between St. Maarten and The Netherlands. For the occasion St. Maarten’s Guavaberry Emporium issued a special ‘St. Maarten-Netherlands Tree Day Exchange 2012’ commemorative Guavaberry bottle. This commemorative bottle was presented to the Chairman of the National Tree Festival Foundation, Onno Hoes, as well as to Taeke Kuipers who is the Director of the Hortus Botanicus, the present home of our guavaberry tree,.

Last week in the presence of Perry Geerlings, the cultural attaché to the Cabinet of the Minister Plenipotentiary, the guavaberry tree was finally entrusted to the soil of the Tropical Greenhouse at the Hortus Botanicus in Amsterdam. With this brief ceremony, the Simarc tree exchange program came to a close.

Minister Plenipotentiary Mathias Voges believes the initiative should be commended and has expressed thanks on behalf of the government and the people of St. Maarten.
“This tree exchange program allowed St. Maarten to profile itself in a different dimension and to a different segment of Dutch society, and we are thankful and appreciative for the initiative and the hard work Dr. Jay Haviser, Simarc and the Guavaberry Emporium have put into this program,” Geerlings said.
“The Hortus Botanicus is very pleased with their latest addition to the more than 4.000 plants from all parts of the world they have growing in their greenhouses. The Hortus was very charmed by the symbolism of the tree exchange program of Simarc,” Geerlings also said.

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