The Andromeda Botanical Gardens is a repository of different types of plants and flowers. It is one of Barbados’ finest tourist attractions.
Location and How to Get to This Specific Site
The garden can be found at St. Joseph parish in Bathsheba. It is a six acre garden and can be reached by taking the Bathsheba bus at Bridgetown.
What to See There
The garden has several features. Some of the plant varieties you will see are cacti, begonias, bougainvilleas and hibiscus. Also prevalent are heliconia, ferns, palms and orchids.
The diverse flowers and trees are further harmonized by the stream. As the stream dissects the area, it produces waterfalls and pools. There are over 600 plant species in the Garden.
Visitors to the site can also grab some food at the visitors’ center. The Garden is also being constantly upgraded and refurbished. There is now a library with books. Topics range from botany
There is also Internet access and a classroom. Visitors can also buy some merchandise at the gift shop. There is a cafeteria and greenhouses.
The Andromeda Botanical Gardens began in 1954 as the private plant collection of horticulturist Mrs. Iris Bannochie. After her death, Mrs. Bannochie gave Andromeda to the Barbados National Trust. This group now operates the Garden. Since its start, Andromeda was well received.
The University of the West Indies (UWI) handles the educational and research arms of Andromeda. The educational facilities can involve guides or be self guided.
Some of the research that can be performed are gardening, landscaping, taxonomy, plant physiology and botany. Andromeda can also cater to other kinds of research. Students can also engage in experiments. Plant propagation, selling and marketing of the products are also taught.
The bus fare is $1.50 BDS. The entrance fee is $17.50 BDS.
The Gardens are also well known for its two trails. One is flat and the other heads up to the hillside. When you go there, you will receive a guide explaining the site’s history. Information about the garden will be provided as well.
The tails are not that difficult to cross. You can stop and take pictures of the plants. There are also ponds along the trails, filled with fish and plants.
The Andromeda Botanical Gardens is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. If you are going on the trails, make sure to remain hydrated.