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Historical Gardens of Madam De Micoud

Duration: Half Day

historical gardens of madam de micoud

This is a splendorous green tour perfect for nature lovers and history enthusiasts alike. Travellers will truly find it all in this one wonderful excursion to the historical Gardens of Madam Micoud, an encapsulated floral timepiece that has kept is flowery buoyancy throughout hundreds of years.

Located on 12 lush acres of a skilfully manicured landscape, The Madam Micoud Gardens, also popularly called the Mimaku Gardens, are a floral paradise flowering upon a priceless slice of St Lucia’s history. Its most dazzling features include a genuine Creole medicine bush garden, some majestic endangered St Lucian trees and a fascinating excavations site at which some precious shards of pottery dating back to the 18th century have been discovered.

The place owes its name to Madame de Micoud, the St Lucian born wife of the Baron de Micoud, the Governor of St Lucia when the island still was a French colony. It was the Baron who bought these grounds upon which this magnificent garden now stands. The garden was once at risk of being lost to the British in 1766 when they took possession of St Lucia. As the Baron knew that according to law the British could not take property away from a St Lucian born person he immediately deeded the state to his wife. And thus this land became well known and was soon called after her name when back in the days she was a very popular celebrity in the island.

During some time this estate also served as a military post under the commandment of the famous British General Sir John Moore. This post endured much violent action, witnessing also a famous battle agains the “Brigands” which left 15 dead soldiers and 20 wounded while the Mamiku home was left as burnt-out ruin.

But far from that hard and sad reality of the past, the gardens and the house have suffered many re-modelings since, standing today as one of the most beautiful natural private grounds in the island. Nowadays this estate has become a hardworking plantation producing bananas, tropical flowers and fruits, under the ownership of the Shingleton family since 1906 with the botanical gardens being a recent addition to the beauty of the place.

Enjoy a tour across this most beautiful of gardens with the company of an expert guide telling you all about the peculiarities of the place. This beautiful place abounds with the greenest lush tropical flora with a wealth of different species to delight and amaze you. Leisurely walk through those gardens that have been carved out of woodland and wind their way uphill, towards the site of the mentioned battle between the French and British in an attempt to gain control over the island.

Stroll to your heart’s content through the many manicured paths that will lead you to the herb garden, the symbolic “Gran Pa’s” house or the orchid gardens. In short, take your time to explore this breathtakingly beautiful area and enjoy a tropical refreshment before rejoining the coach that will take you back to your hotel. We promise this will be an enriching day full of little treasures amidst the most breathtaking natural surroundings!

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