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Andromeda Botanic Gardens Visitor Tips

Andromeda Botanic Gardens
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Andromeda Botanic Gardens in the east end of Barbados offers six acres of unique tropical plants and some shade from the hot Caribbean sun.

The cliff-top gardens managed by the Barbados National Trust have begonias, cacti, orchids, palms, ferns, heliconia, hibiscus and bougainvillea.

Besides flora and fauna, the garden has a stream with pools and waterfalls. Only organic practices such as farmyard and green manures are used at the gardens.

Public gardens are common in the Caribbean because they offer flora and fauna that are unique to the region. They also offer a break to vacationers who want something to do other than spending the entire day on the beach.

"Relax by the main pond and enjoy the spirit of this wonderful space -- one of the finest post-war gardens in the world," the garden says on its website.

The garden is 38 minutes by car or about 13 miles northeast of the Bridgetown cruise terminal. It is not a common cruise shore excursion, so most cruise visitors to Barbados will need a taxi, public bus or rental car to get there.

A few private excursion operators offer a tour. One of them quoted $115 per person and a five and a half hour tour.

Andromeda was named after the Greek goddess who was chained to a rock. In this case, the rock is the underlying coral stone.

The gardens were created by Iris Bannochie, the island's best-known horticulturalist, on the lands around her home. She bequeathed the gardens in 1988 to the Barbados National Trust.

The entry fee is $15 U.S. for adults. Children with a paying parent are free. The entry fee includes unlimited return visits for three weeks.

Andromeda is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is closed only on Christmas Day.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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February 22, 2018
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