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Andromeda Botanical Gardens

Duration: Half Day

Andromeda Botanical Gardens

The gardens in Barbados are well worth visiting if you get the opportunity. Bursting with vibrant colours and tropical aromas, you will find some of the most beautiful flora in the Caribbean. This tour will introduce you to the spectacular Andromeda Botanical Gardens on Barbados’ scenic East Coast.

Located in the parish of St Joseph, Andromeda Botanic Gardens boast one of the most extensive collections of tropical plants in Barbados. Over six hundred different species from all over the world can be found growing amongst this sprawling, six-acre garden which is beautifully landscaped. Exotic flowers and trees are nestled amongst picturesque streams, rocky outcroppings and enchanting pools and waterfalls.

Walk along the scenic trails and breathe in the wonderful aromas as you pass many different varieties of orchids, heliconias, hibiscus, bromeliads, bougainvillea, cacti ferns, palms, aquatic plants and hundreds of other endemic and imported species, in addition to fascinating rare specimens. The paths are well sign-posted with detailed information on individual plants, so you can learn all about the different species on the way.

The lush flora and tranquillity of the gardens attract many animals, insects and birds, which your informative local guide will also point out to you. Hummingbirds, butterflies, frogs, lizards and even the occasional monkey and mongoose are just some of the creatures you can spot here, whilst the star of the garden’s plant world has to be the bearded fig tree.

Andromeda Botanic Gardens originally started as a private plant collection at the home of the late Mrs Iris Bannochie, a local horticulturist, in 1954. It was first opened to the public for a fundraising event hosted by the Barbados Horticultural Society, and has remained open ever since due to its popularity. Upon Iris Bannochie’s death, the garden was willed to the Barbados National Trust, although it is currently being leased to the Caribbean Horticultural Services.

The name Andromeda is derived from the mythical Greek goddess who was chained to a rock to be sacrificed to a sea monster. There are no sea monsters in these gardens, but you can enjoy wonderful views of the Atlantic Ocean and rugged limestone cliffs, which overlook the fishing village of Bathsheba.

After exploring the gardens, you will be able to pick up gifts and souvenirs from the gift shop and enjoy refreshments in the Hibiscus Café. This tour is a wonderful way to familiarise yourself with the natural treasures of the island during your holiday in Barbados.

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