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Andromeda Botanic Gardens, Barbados

The glorious six-acre Andromeda Botanic Gardens, at Foster Hall in the parish of St. Joseph, were established by Iris Bannochie, one of the island’s leading 20th-century botanists. She began designing the gardens in 1954 and upon her death, bequeathed them to the Barbados National Trust so that her legacy could continue to be enjoyed.

Image source: Flickr. Copyright Joe Ross.

Today, visitors can walk through this unique, horticultural haven and admire the huge variety of colourful tropical and subtropical plants, a wonderful collection of palms and some amazing trees that are not found anywhere else in the Caribbean. The vast Bearded Fig Tree with its spreading aerial roots, is a particularly amazing sight and you must keep an eye open for the incredible Green Monkeys, high up in the trees.

The main pond is a beautiful, tranquil spot to sit by and relax, surrounded by the wonderful lush vegetation and its natural scents. A great place to unwind, letting the stresses of everyday life just float away.