CULTURE BASICS

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LIGNUM VITAE: The plant is extremely ornamental, producing an attractive blue flower and orange-yellow fruit, while its crown has an attractive rounded shape. The tree is one of the most useful in the world. The body, gum, bark, fruit, leaves and blossom all serve some useful purpose.  In fact, the tree has been regarded for its medicinal properties.

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Our leadership spirit; Nanny was a leader of the Maroons at the beginning of the 18th century.  The First Maroon War, as the most outstanding of them all, leading her people with courage and inspiring them to struggle to maintain that spirit of freedom, and life of independence, which was their rightful inheritance.

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JAMAICA COAT OF ARMS OUT OF MANY ONE PEOPLE!!! Explains our exotic and diverse mixture and still remain Jamaicans. Considered as a legacy from the British with slight modifications, the  Coat of Arms was granted to Jamaica 1661 under Royal Warrant. The original was designed by William Sancroft, then Archbishop of Canterbury.

JAMAICA NATIONAL BIRD: The national bird of Jamaica, the Jamaica Hummingbird also called the doctor bird or swallow tail hummingbird, is one of the most outstanding of the 320 species of hummingbirds. The name was given because the erect black crest and tails resemble the top hat and long tail coats doctors used to wear in the old days.

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Art enthusiasts will appreciate at the 11ft. Bronze sculpture created by acclaimed Jamaican artist, Laura Facey. Those with an eye for detail may notice the West African ‘Adinkras’ (Spiritual Symbols) which are interwoven throughout the park’s décor.

Nature lovers will be delighted by the amazing tropical flowers and plants, which provide various punches of color throughout the park. Red Geraniums compliment Yellow Lantana and contrast beautifully against the Pink and Peach Roses found in well-maintained flowerbeds strewn throughout the park.

Jamaican National Lignum Vitae trees and Tree of Life flowering plants also dot the environment, simultaneously beautifying, providing shade and channeling the light breeze throughout the park.

The center of the park features an expansive but not obtrusive stage with modern facilities for live entertainment. On Emancipation night, this stage comes alive with the best of Jamaica’s folk and local musical artists.

On any given day, you’ll find people playing chess or ping pong on the built in tables. There are also various aerobics classes taking place on the well-manicured lawn.

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