Androm­eda Botanic Gar­dens: A “Gar­den of Eden”

Thank You Box Sign bmp1Androm­eda Botanic Gar­dens, affec­tion­ately named Androm­eda Gar­den of Eden, is located in Bathsheba, St. Joseph. It is a 6 acre trop­i­cal par­adise with a cor­nu­copia of unusual plants, trees and shrubs. Some of the mature trees located along the wind­ing path­ways of the gar­den are unlikely to be found any­where else in the Caribbean. Serenely nes­tled among the flora is an invit­ing pond, which is the per­fect place for a breather, and a chance to behold the won­ders of nature.

His­tory

The Gar­dens is named after the Greek God­dess Androm­eda, as it is sim­i­larly con­nected to a rock, in this case the coral Andromeda-Gardens1stone rock of Bar­ba­dos’ East Coast. It was first estab­lished by Iris Ban­nochie and her hus­band, Dr. Harry Bay­ley, around their St. Joseph home. The trop­i­cal and sub-​tropical plants, in the gar­den, were either col­lected by Mrs. Ban­nochie, or pre­sented to her by friends and well-​wishers. In 1988, Mrs. Ban­nochie trans­ferred own­er­ship of the Gar­dens to the Bar­ba­dos National Trust.


Fea­tures

garden011The 6 acre Gar­den fea­tures over 600 species of trop­i­cal and sub­trop­i­cal plants and trees, the largest col­lec­tion of such within the Easter Caribbean. Within the gar­den, there is a stream, which forms small ponds and water­falls through­out the gar­dens. After your tour, you can also sit and relax at the Gar­den Café or browse in The Gallery Shop, which show­cases local art, pho­tog­ra­phy and cre­ative crafts. At the Café, vis­i­tors can enjoy sand­wiches, fish­cakes and the Gar­dens’ own organ­i­cally grown herbs and spices.

Reviews

“Gar­den of Eden”…
Beau­ti­ful walk through gar­den with sev­eral paths to choose from. Many inter­est­ing types of flow­ers and trees to see. Well laid out. Go early in the day as it can [get] quite hot in the gar­den in the after­noon. Nice lit­tle snack shop with deli­cious smooth­ies. – Jeff P

Andromeda11Androm­eda Botan­i­cal Gar­dens, superb! Sharon and Rob have kept Iris Bannochie’s legacy alive! A def­i­nite ‘Must See’ for all vis­i­tors and locals.–Sandra w

“A Lit­tle Gem”…
Stop and sit and take in the sights and sounds — you might be lucky to see the hum­ming­birds in action. We enjoyed a long, leisurely stroll, fol­lowed by lunch. Def­i­nitely rec­om­mend the home made lemon and gin­ger drink. Friendly wel­come and staff enthu­si­as­tic and knowl­edge­able about his­tory [of] gar­dens. Great for a chilled after­noon!– Elaine W

Fees and Con­tact Information

The Entrance Fees for this won­der­ful gar­den are as follows:

  • Adults — $30BDS
  • Chil­dren with a pay­ing par­ent — FREE
  • Bar­ba­dos National Trust mem­bers — FREE
  • English/​Scottish NT mem­bers — Half Price

Androm­eda Botan­i­cal Gar­dens is open daily from 9am to 5pm, and is closed, only, on Christ­mas Day.
For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, con­tact the Gar­dens directly by phone 4339384 or email This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Come and expe­ri­ence this won­der­ful hor­ti­cul­tural site in Bar­ba­dos and relax in its amaz­ing ambiance with your fam­ily and friends!

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©Photo 3 taken from Rcr​tours​.com
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©Arti­cle of caribbe​an​dreams​magazine​.com
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