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Flower Forest Garden Visitor Tips

Heliconia
Heliconia is one of the many flowers at the Flower Forest. Credit: Wikimedia, Creative Commons license

Flower Forest Botanical Gardens in Barbados is a 54-acre preserve overlooking Chalky Mount and the east coast of the island.

“Within the 53 acres the trees and flowers bloom all year round. Find paths of peace and tranquility in this wild and wonderful green Barbados garden,” the website says.

“The views from the garden over the hills are fantastic photo-opportunities; the forest towering and lush; the pathways lined with flowering plants; the tone quiet, peaceful and serene.”

It is in the Scotland District 750 feet above sea level about eight miles northeast of the Bridgetown cruise port. The location also is about two miles or less than 10 minutes by car from Harrison’s Cave. Tourists who rent a car or take a taxi may want to visit both attractions in a single trip.

Cruise visitors should note that Harrison’s Cave is often a cruise-sponsored excursion, but Flower Forest is not as common.

The privately owned garden, founded in 1985, is a forest of trees that also is full of flowers. Mature trees offer shade along the paths for protection against the hot sun. A wide variety of Caribbean shrubs and flowering herbs lie beneath the trees.

Flower Forest Map

The site has a handicap-accessible pavilion and bathroom. Paths are smooth but some areas may be require help for wheelchairs on gradients gradients. The two main paths do not have any steps.

Admission is $15 for adults, half price for children 4 to 12 and free for children under 4.

The garden is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily except for Christmas Day and Good Friday.

For more information, call (246) 433-8152 or email [email protected]

Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas. He is the author of four books about cruising in the Caribbean, Alaska and Mexican Riviera.
October 26, 2021

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