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Hunte’s Gardens, Barbados

Hunte’s Gardens is a beautiful botanical garden, situated in Coffee Gully in the hills of St. Joseph, on a former sugar cane plantation. It was created in the 1950s by renowned horticulturist, Anthony Hunte, who still owns and runs it today.

Image source: Flickr. Copyright Alex Dixon.

The garden fills a deep sinkhole and as you go down the steps and travel along the pathways, you are surrounded by wonderful tropical plants, including anthurium, rare heliconia and soaring cabbage palms. There are a host of intriguing paths to venture down, too, and many of them lead to idyllic and quaint secret gardens, featuring chairs and benches to sit and take in the beauty surrounding you.

Classical and operatic music plays in the background as visitors stroll around this wondrous site, before making their way through the exotic foliage up to Mr Hunte’s house, with its hidden, quirky, statues of Buddhas and pineapples.

Here, visitors will be invited to enjoy some refreshments, including Hunte’s famous rum punch or home-made lemonade, served on the veranda overlooking the gardens. Mr Hunte often joins the visitors for drinks and loves to regale them with his exciting tales.