Andromeda Botanic Gardens
Get Back To Nature In Barbados
Are you a nature lover in Barbados?
Then discovering the natural wonders of the island is right up your alley.
The natural beauty of Barbados is undeniable and experiencing it first-hand is a definite ‘must do’ during your stay on the island.
There’s of course the beautiful beaches, the limestone caves like Harrison’s Cave, the tropical Welchman Hall Gully, as well as the Barbados Wildlife Reserve.
If you’re interested in natural gardens, you’ll enjoy visiting one (or all!) of Barbados’ wonderful botanic gardens – one of the most beautiful is without a doubt Andromeda Botanic Gardens.
Discover Andromeda Botanic Gardens
Andromeda Botanic Gardens is a 6-acre botanical garden, located in Bathsheba in the eastern parish of St. Joseph.
As it’s a botanical garden, it means it’s dedicated to the collection, cultivation, and display of a wide range of flowering plants and tropical trees.
The garden first began as a private plant collection around the home of Iris Bannochie, a leading Barbadian horticulturalist. She founded the garden with her husband in 1954 on family-owned land and it was later opened up to the public. The Gardens has continued to remain open by paid admission to this very day.
Upon Iris’ passing in 1988, she willed the management of Andromeda Botanic Gardnes to the Barbados National Trust (www.barbadosnationaltrust.org/) in order to ensure that both local Barbadians and visitors to Barbados could continue to enjoy its beauty and learn about horticulture.
Iris was devoted to horticultural training therefore a variety of horticultural courses such as design workshops and practical horticultural programmes are now available at Andromeda Botanical Gardens.
What’s in a name? The name of the Gardens comes from the Greek mythological goddess of Andromeda who was chained to a rock as sacrifice. The garden itself is also ‘chained’ to the coral stone rock of the east coast of Barbados, so hence the name ‘Andromeda’.
What Can I Expect?
Andromeda Botanic Gardens showcases the largest and finest collection of tropical plants in the Eastern Caribbean.
The garden displays plants like Bougainvillea, Hibiscus, Heliconia, Orchids, Palms, Cacti and Succulents, Ferns, and Begonias.
You’ll also find a large talipot palm in the Gardens, one of the largest palms in the world!
Thousands of plants have been introduced from all parts of the world, including many rare species and hybrids. Most of these have come by way of exchange with other well-known botanic gardens and horticulturalists, or by personal plant-collecting trips in other tropical lands.
To add to the picturesque garden setting, there’s also a small stream which forms beautiful pools and waterfalls – a sure fire photo opportunity so don’t forget to pack your camera.
You can tour the Gardens and soak in the surrounds at your own pace, or take a guided tour to get some interesting insider insights (please check with the Gardens direct regarding availability).
Also located on the property of Andromeda Gardens is a well-stocked gift and souvenir shop, as well as a café and restroom facilities.
Tip: Andromeda Botanic gardens also hosts weddings and other functions so don’t forget to consider them for your next function or celebration.
Although the Gardens are owned by the Barbados National Trust, they are managed by Passiflora Ltd. Additionally, Garden Wall Designs is responsible for private educational courses and ongoing redevelopment of the garden, and the University of the West Indies (UWI) (the Department of Biological and Chemical Sciences) has responsibility for horticultural research activities and education at the Gardens.
Opening hours: Daily 9am – 5pm except Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Kadooment Day, Emancipation Day and Christmas Day.
Telephone: (246) 433-9384
Admission: Adults $25BBD, children $12.50BBD, and concessions are available (please enquire direct for details)
Note: Last admission into the Gardens is at 4:30pm.
Want To Know More?
For more information, check out the Andromeda Botanic Gardens website (www.andromedabarbados.com/).
Author: Brett Callaghan