Andromeda Botanic Gardens was established by multi-award winning Iris Bannochie (1914-1988), a Barbadian self-taught scientist, around her home in St Joseph. Her first husband,the equally gifted Dr Harry Bayley played a crucial role. Created as a private botanical space, Andromeda contains an unparalleled collection of different plants from many other tropical and sub-tropical locations, either collected by Iris Bannochie herself, as she travelled the world on plant-collecting expeditions, or given to her as gifts. Iris planted trees! These and the other 400 species of plants are possibly the greatest gift to our country's biodiversity in a 1950s monocultural landscape that was full of sugar cane.
Iris bequeathed Andromeda Botanic Gardens to the Barbados National Trust in 1988 so that her legacy could live on and be enjoyed by visitors from within Barbados and around the globe.
Featured on BBC TV and Radio, Botanical Treasure winner, Lecture for KMIS at Kew Gardens and various magazine and newspaper articles, Andromeda Botanic Gardens is truly world class.
What a legacy! However, Andromeda remains misunderstood, underappreciated and under-visited. Her closest contemporary would be the great Beth Chatto from the UK, whose garden is valued and protected. 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.
6 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
English/Scottish NT members/Caricom Half Price
Other special rates available - please enquire
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 all aspects of garden and landscape design, horticulture and to encourage the use of sustainable practices. As the company responsible for Andromeda Botanic Gardens, it aims to manage this historic site in accordance with the wishes of Iris Bannochie and its legal obligations to the Barbados National Trust.
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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Reservations preferred and walk-ins welcome!
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Andromeda Botanic Gardens, Barbados
Bathsheba, St Joseph 433 9384 email@example.com
Open Tues-Sun 10am-4pm and all bank holidays, including bank holiday Mondays. Mondays (excluding bank holidays) - Pre-paid Bubble Tours OnlyOpen exit - stay as long as you wish. Closed Christmas Day