ANDROMEDA BOTANIC GARDENS
Andromeda Botanic Gardens is an amazing, Barbados National Trust garden with an unparalleled collection of plants, situated on the east coast. Created by multi-award winning Iris Bannochie, it is the only botanic garden in Barbados with historical and cultural significance. ‘One of the most special gardens in the world’.
Andromeda Gardens was established by the renowned Iris Bannochie as a private family garden. Mrs. Bannochie was the most influential gardener from the region and her accolades include three gold medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show; the RHS Veitch medal; and the Silver Crown of Merit awarded by the Barbadian government.
Previously farmland, this unique garden was created by Mrs. Bannochie with many trees, palms and other plants collected from her travels across the globe. The variety of plants in this historic garden is unparalleled and simply wonderful – a true horticultural delight. She bequeathed Andromeda Botanic Gardens to the Barbados National Trust in 1988.
Wildlife love Andromeda too! Have patience and you will see hummingbirds. There are butterflies galore, including monarchs. Stay late and you’ll see the resident monkeys looking for food, playing or even fighting. Relax by the pond, ‘one of the most tranquil spots in the world’, and watch the dragonflies. Feed the fish with your children – always a joy! Children with paying parents are free and your adult ticket gives you and your family unlimited return visits to the gardens for 3 weeks. The garden opens 9am-4:30pm but also opens other hours by special arrangement.
After feeding the fish, why not feed yourselves? The café offers simple, but well-executed food – Bajan fish-cakes, sandwiches with home-made bread and organically grown salads (when available) from their own organic garden. Or, simply treat yourselves to a cup of excellent coffee and a slice of cake. The Café opens daily for drinks, with food served Tues-Sat.
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