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BARBADOS - horticultural holidays


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Barbados  gardens wonderful places to visit

Gardens, small and large, functional or exotic can be seen as part of the Barbados Horticultural Society's Open Gardens season during the winter.

Orchid World

 

The society also hosts a number of exhibitions during the year including the immensely popular Orchid World..


There are also many tropical gardens that are permanently open to the public and the fabulous gardens of some of our top hotels are well worth a visit too.

Garden Party - Sunday 25, January-2004


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 RoachGovernor-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

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Barbados Horticultural Society’s Garden and Flower ShowThe two-day show is held at Balls Plantation, Christ Church.

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Click to visit the Barbados Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show 1993
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!

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

Flower Forest
Barbados horticultureDiscover 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
Orchid WorldDiscover 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.

Click to visit this lovely garden



Andromeda Botanica Gardens

Andromeda Botanica Gardens in BarbadosCreated 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!
 

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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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