Andromeda Botanic Gardens, Barbados

​​June 2017





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seems to be starting so it's leaf removal time! The natural mulch has done its job and will go onto our heaps. Plants will be fertilized with green and sheep manure. Many plants will be cut back over the next two months to prepare for the extraordinary growth that will occur over the next six months.
Palm Garden. We have nearly finished clearing the lower part and what a difference already! The space is wonderful! There are some unique palms in this area but they need a bit of tidying up.​
Ponds. We've started changing around some plants. The smaller fish pond will be home to white flowering water lilies and we will transfer these from two of our other ponds.
Woodwork.
Wood protection is needed so we have started applying a water-based preservative. This should take about 1-2 weeks to complete.
Volunteers/Interns.  Thank you to Rosemary - we did some great work earlier this month. As always we need more volunteers. It is rewarding and we even give you plants! Aurelien Martin, our French landscape architecture student, has returned to France. His impact here was huge! We'll have guide sheets in French soon and a map of the garden. Obviously he did so much more. Thank you!!​
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​​The image above shows a part of one of the world's great gardens. Abbotsbury Subtropical Garden is located in Dorset. Andromeda is a proud partner of this garden and  Abbotsbury Season Ticket Holders gain free entry into Andromeda throughout the year.
Tremenheere Sculpture Garden is a unique space and a real joy to explore. Yes! Andromeda is a partner of this great garden.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan​​ - a wonderful estate to marvel. A real treasure and yes! We are a partner!


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Andromeda Botanic Gardens is owned by the Barbados National Trust and managed by Passiflora Ltd. 
Happening now! The jackfruit tree is laden; the ornamental bananas have an elegant inflorescence; mussaendas are blooming; Tithonia diversifolia, the source of our green manure; Lagerstroemia speciosa and L. indica - one  tree the other a shrub; lovely pink flowering Caesalpinia pulcherrima - the orange and red flowering one is known as the pride of Barbados; Tecoma stans - a favourite of hummingbirds as is the lovely Calliandra.
                'The flora of the world put together by a genius to make a magnificent garden' quoted by visitor Mike (2nd December)
Triadic colours of the golden dewdrop, Duranta erecta. Green leaves, purple flowers and orange berries. Perfect!
These white water lilies are growing quite aggresively and need a pond all for themselves. Moving them to the smaller pond will also provide shelter for the tilapia.
Our Arum Garden is looking lush and green. We will be adding  some splashes of red by planting some anthuriums.