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Andromeda Botanic Gardens
Address: Bathsheba, St Joseph
Contact: 001 246 433 9384; new.barbadosnationaltrust.org
Opening times: daily 9am-4pm
Admission: BDS$30 (£12), children free; English National Trust members half price
Established in 1954 by the renowned horticulturist, Iris Bannochie (1914-1988), as a private family garden. Mrs Bannochie created the unique garden from scratch with 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 the garden to the Barbados National Trust in 1988 and only organic practices are used in the garden.
Address: Castle Grant, St Joseph
Contact: 001 246 433 3333; huntesgardensbarbados.com
Opening times: daily, 9am-4pm
Admission: US$15 (£11.50)
Owned and run by the engaging Anthony Hunte, whose English ancestors settled on the island back in the 1600s. His creation occupies a wide and deep sink hole, and you descend in to a magical botanical world of soaring cabbage palms and rare heliconias. Classical and operatic music fills the air; quirky statues – a Buddha here, a pineapple there – are dotted around the foliage; and there are chairs and benches to lap up the serene atmosphere. Finish with a drink on the verandah of Anthony’s lovely home.
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