Described by a Royal Horticultural Society judge as 'one of the most unique and outstanding gardens in the world', Andromeda is the original garden of Barbados. It provides visitors with an authentic garden experience and is a wonderful haven for biodiversity. Created as a private botanic garden by Iris Bannochie (three Gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show, Silver Crown of Merit issued by the Barbadian government and much more) from the 1950s. At that time, Barbados was simply a land exploited for sugar, and a country without a long history of garden creation. Andromeda is rare and unique. Comprised of about 20 connected gardens, the variety of plants and experiences is incredible. There are over 500 different plant species, including over 100 species of trees. It feels very natural, yet is completely woman-made. Wildlife add so much to the enjoyment! Andromeda Botanic Gardens, 'the best garden in Barbados by far', is organic.
What a legacy! However, Andromeda remains misunderstood, underappreciated and under-visited. Iris' closest contemporary would be the great Beth Chatto from the UK, whose garden is valued and protected. One can argue that Iris Bannochie's achievement is far greater, especially when viewed in its full context. We hope Andromeda will, one day, be valued and admired and Iris Bannochie, the queen of Barbadian horticulture and creator of this masterpiece, will not be forgotten.
Andromeda Botanic Gardens is owned by the Barbados National Trust and managed by Passiflora Ltd. Mission statement. Passiflora Ltd.’s aim is to provide quality education and training in garden design, horticulture and aspects of ethnobotany. As the company responsible for Andromeda Botanic Gardens, it aims to manage this historic site in accordance with the wishes of Iris Bannochie; its legal obligations to the Barbados National Trust; and to comply with the mandates of authentic botanical institutions. It also aims to ensure Andromeda Botanic Gardens is a fully inclusive community space.
Iris Bannochie created a garden with dual roles - a pleasure garden and a botanic garden.
Andromeda Botanic Gardens will continue to delight visitors with its undeniable beauty and will fulfil its role as a botanic garden, defined as follows:
"Botanic gardens are institutions holding documented collections of living plants for the purposes of scientific research, conservation, display and education." International Agenda for Botanic Gardens in Conservation
Andromeda is open! Free for locals!
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Just turn up - booking not required.
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Andromeda Botanic Gardens - "The best garden in Barbados, by far!"
Andromeda Botanic Gardens, Barbados
Iris Bannochie - Described by many as 'amazing' and an 'inspirational mentor'.
Bathsheba, St Joseph 433 9384 firstname.lastname@example.org
Open Daily For All: 9.30am (earlier if requested)-4.30pm (last entrance, stay for as long as you wish) and all bank holidays. Just turn up - booking not required. Closed Christmas Day Only.
8 Acres of Tropical Gardens with a Unique Collection of Plants
ENTRANCE FEES INCLUDE UNLIMITED RETURN VISITS FOR ONE MONTH
CHILDREN with paying parent FREE BARBADOS NATIONAL TRUST members FREE
RHS (UK) members FREE
LOCALS WITH BAJAN ID CARDS FREE
English/Scottish NT members/
Students and Caricom BD$20