Andromeda 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.
The Gardens is named after the Greek Goddess Andromeda, as it is similarly connected to a rock, in this case the coral stone 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.
The 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.
“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
Andromeda 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:
Andromeda Botanical Gardens is open daily from 9am to 5pm, and is closed, only, on Christmas Day.
Come and experience this wonderful horticultural site in Barbados and relax in its amazing ambiance with your family and friends!
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