The Andromeda Botanical Gardens were created in 1954 by a local horticulturalist, Iris Bannochie, who was an avid plant collector and travelled the world gathering specimens to plant in her garden high above the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

There are two trails to follow in the garden: Iris’s trail and John’s trail. Each trail has an accompanying double-sided information sheet with plenty of stops to admire the plants and flowers. The trails do merge at their ends near the Hibiscus Cafe.

There are two special places in this garden. The first is the bougainvillea garden on John’s trail, which has a spectacular setting. The landscaped gardens seemingly stretch down to the Atlantic itself.

The second place is the lily pond, which visitors walk by on both trails. It is so peaceful here and I watched the fish chasing each other under the water-lilies. A weeping willow, the only one on Barbados, hangs overhead making this a shady place for both fish and visitor.

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