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Andromeda Botanic Gardens – Barbados

Andromeda Botanic Gardens, St. Joseph, Barbados

The Andromeda Botanic Gardens is situated on the Atlantic Coast of Barbados; arguably the most scenic location in Barbados overlooking Tent Bay at Bathsheba, St. Joseph.

The beautiful Andromeda Botanic Gardens fulfils the beauty aspect of the Trust’s mandate. The gardening tradition in Barbados is a holdover from the British who were the only occupying power in Barbados.

Mrs. Iris Bannochie willed the management of Andromeda to the Barbados National Trust in order that Barbadians and visitors to Barbados could enjoy its beauty and could be educated.

In 1954, Mrs. Iris Bannochie began to create this garden on land that that had one belonged to her family for more than 200 years. In 1964, she came, with her husband John, to live in the house in the middle of the garden. Both house and garden are “chained” to rock, like the legendary Greek maiden Andromeda, hence the name.

There are collections of tropical plants; Bougainvillea, Hibiscus, Heliconia, Orchids, Palms, Cactus and Succulents and in less sunny places, ferns, Aroids, Begonias and other shade-loving ornamentals. Giant Pleistocene boulders, water-lily ponds and a small stream meandering to the sea further enhance the landscape.

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.

The late Mrs. Bannochie managed to avoid an impression of a regimented botanic garden; each plant seems to grow in a place of its own choice and at all times of the year, masses of brightly coloured flowers and foliage greet the visitor. Also located on the property of Andromeda Gardens is a well stocked gift shop and café.

Located in St. Joseph near Bathsheba, the gardens are managed by Perseus Incorporated.

Open daily 9:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m except Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Kadooment day, emancipation day and Christmas day.

Phone: (246) 433-9261 or (246) 433-9384

Bathsheba, St. Joseph,

Website: www.nationaltrustbarbados.com

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