Andromeda Botanic Gardens, Barbados

​​December 2017





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RHS Wisley. ​It was lovely to get a visit from Emma at RHS Wisley. Emma is in charge of many areas at Wisley including the tropical area so she was keen to see these plants growing in a more natural environment. She loved it here but we knew she would!!!
Courses and Workshops​. January 2017 for the next courses - starting the New year with two one day Workshops - 6th Jan Planting Design, 13th Jan Garden Design. Both very informative and extremely intensive.
​​​​​​​Cutting back continues and we are still behind! Fortunately we have been abe to cut back the plants that we hope to grow back. The others will be tackled over the next few months.
Boundary work. ​The young Caesalpinia pulcherrimas continue to grow - hoping for a great display by March.
Succulent Garden. ​ We will be adding some lovely touches to this area and we are excited!!! We'll be weeding, repositioning, enlarging an island bed and adding some new plants. At the moment the scale and proportion are not quite right!
Palm Garden. We found a double-trunked or double headed palm (image right) last month and we hope to make it a bit more visible to visitors soon. 

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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; garden and landscape construction in Barbados and throughout the Caribbean; 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 its legal obligations to the Barbados National Trust.
Happening now! The Arum Garden is one of our favourite areas so we have another photograph of it this month. We have introduced some non-arum plants in order to provide a bit more contrast, inluding bromeliads. The orchid tree is still flowering much to the delight of the hummingbirds. Our two bromeliad gardens are looking good but we still need another 100 plants! Perfect leaves of this philodendron. Foliage has been the star at Andromeda recently with all the recent rain.
 'This must be the best garden that I have visited in the Caribbean.' Helen, October 2017.