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Barbados  gardens wonderful places to visit

Gardens, small, large, functional and exotic can be visited during the Barbados Horticultural Society's Open Gardens season during the winter.

The society also hosts a number of special exhibitions during the year at various picturesque locations including the immensely popular Orchid World and Flower Forest .


'If I owned Paradise and Flower Forest I would rent Paradise and live in flower Forest'

Tropical gardens that are permanently open include the beautifully landscaped and maintained gardens that surround many of Barbados’ top hotels, and a wonderful profusion of wild flowers can be seen bordering the roads throughout the countryside.

Orchid World
A garden wedding in Barbados combines incredibly romantic settings with a wonderful climate, making Barbados the perfect place to get married in, as well as the ideal honeymoon destination. There are many experienced wedding planners to help you plan your Barbados wedding, not surprising when you realize that Barbados has the second highest marriage rate per capita in the world. Weddings at Farley Hill

The Barbados National Conservation Commission has been instrumental in adding a new venue for weddings, the magnificent Farley Hill National Park overlooking the picturesque East Coast.
Wedding reception at Farley Hill

Another side of Farley Hill Together with a group of partners the NCC recently showcased Farley Hill with a presentation titled Another Side of Farley Hill, which showed the park’s suitability for a variety of events.

A Barbados wedding ceremony, a wonderful way to start your life together…

Weddings at Farley Hill

 

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  Chelsea Flower Show 2005

Jean Robinson

Reproduced compliments of The Nation News

MAY 2005

THERE WAS a golden champagne celebration in London, England, when it was announced that Barbados had again won a gold award at the Royal Horticultural Society's annual Chelsea Flower Show 2005.
The team toasted Barbados' 12th top award in the 18 years it has been competing in this highly promoted showcase of flower arrangements from several countries of the world.

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Governor-General Sir Clifford Husbands (right) admiring one of the many breathtaking floral arrangements on show at the Barbados Horticultural Society’s Garden and Flower Show with the society’s president, Victor Roach.

Governor-General Sir Clifford Husbands (right) admiring one of the many breathtaking floral arrangements on show at the Barbados Horticultural Society’s Garden and Flower Show with the society’s president, Victor Roach

Governor-General Sir Clifford Husbands (right) admiring one of the many breathtaking floral arrangements on show at the Barbados Horticultural Society’s Garden and Flower Show with the society’s president, Victor Roach
Barbados Horticultural Society’s Garden and Flower Show

The two-day show is held at Balls Plantation, Christ Church.

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Over the past decades Barbados has achieved some astounding results at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show in England. Every year the Barbados Horticultural Society, led by gardeners Audrey Thomas and Jean Robinson, have represented Barbados, winning 10 Gold medals over the last 13 years!

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his is it! The exhibit at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show in London late last month that took Barbados back to the top with yet another gold medal.
This is it! The exhibit at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show in London late last month that took Barbados back to the top with yet another gold medal.
The exhibit, which took four-and-a-half days to construct by the Barbados Horticultural Society, was titled Flowers & Fibers and incorporated fibres from The Bearded Fig Tree, Khus Khus grass, and weavings of Khus Khus and pandanus.

All material was shipped from Barbados to England, compliments British Airways, a major supporter of the country’s efforts at the show since 1988.

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President of the Barbados Horticultural Society, Victor Roach, was elated at the achievement.

He said: “It put us back in the top of the winners’ row of the show which is very prestigious to Barbados. It means we are still outstanding in our performance at Chelsea and it still has the impact of adding to our tourism product.”

Visit our and colourful Chelsea Flower Show photo album, dating back to 1988! Click

The Barbados Horticultural Society in association with the Caribzones group of websites, was host to a lively lecture and slide show at the society's Balls Plantation headquarters.
Gwyn Perry renowned British horticulturalist, illustrated her interesting and informative lecture with a wide variety of slides depicting
'The glory of British gardens'.

Experience the thrill of going places that even some locals haven't seen, but don't go without an experienced 'Eco Tour Guide' to show you nature's treasures!

Below is a selection of Barbados' horticultural treasures
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Flower Forest

Discover Barbados' beautiful gardens a lovely morning hike
A comment from the visitors book sums it all up...


'If I owned Paradise and Flower Forest I would rent Paradise and live in flower Forest'

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Orchid World

Discover Barbados' beautiful gardens a lovely morning hike The dream of horticulturalist and plants-man Richard Coughlan who was trained at London's Kew Gardens and was instrumental in landscaping the Flower Forest.

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Orchid World
Andromeda Botanica Gardens in Barbados

Andromeda Botanica Gardens

Created as a private garden, on an Atlantic hillside, in the mid 1950s, this five acre haven perched on a cliff overlooking the east coast has grown to become one of the most acclaimed botanic gardens in the region

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Turner's Hall woods

Just north of Mount Hillaby you will find the last remaining area covered in the primary rainforest that once covered our island.


Upon entering the dense forest the high humidity brings about the realisation that this is a different world, with a radically different ecosystem.
Wandering through this ancient forest is a fascinating experience, surrounded by lianas, silk cotton, jack-in-the box and magnificent mahogany trees. The tall locust trees grow as high as thirty metres. Vines string and weave their way around the canopy.
Take in the natural beauty and wildlife before joining the 21st century again!

Welchman Hall gully

In the centre of the island is Welchman Hall Gully. Named after a Welchman, General Williams, it is approximately one kilometre north of Harrisons Cave. Stroll through the roughly mile long deep and densely wooded gully where monkeys scamper and chatter in the tree canopy and at every step there is another fascinating tree or shrub to marvel at. This was actually part of the Harrison's Cave network but the roof collapsed, resulting in a natural gully. Since 1860 it has been nurtured and tended by its owners who began planting exotic plants, shrubs and trees.


Although a few non-indigenous plants have been planted over the years the gully is not dissimilar to that which covered the island in the 17th century. In 1962, following many years of neglect the Barbados National Trust took it over and this site in fact became Barbados' first organised natural attraction.




Hackleton's cliff & Scotland District

This steep 300 metre limestone escarpment marks the edge of the Scotland district to the west in St. Joseph and to the east in St. John, the rugged limestone cap was eroded by the sea many centuries ago.
Well worth a treck for the fabulous views across the craggy, eroded hills of the Scotland District, named, by the original home-sick Scots after their much loved land of Robbie Burns.
This is a quiet, peaceful spot to enjoy the views from Pico Teneriffe in the north to Ragged Point in the east. It is a delight to watch the swirling swifts paraglide the warm air currents.

Barbados is blessed with many natural phenomena including tropical gullies, click to learn more

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