Andromeda Botanic Gardens
Bathsheba, Foster Hall, St. Joseph Barbados 13°2074'59'N, -59°5182'77W
The Oldest and the Largest Garden in Barbados
8 acres of cultivated gardens with over 500 plant species – the oldest Barbadian garden and the largest garden in Barbados, both in terms of acreage and number of plant species. Amazing trees, beautiful individual but connected gardens, outstanding biodiversity including monarch butterflies – all in this organic, historic, botanical landscape. Visiting Andromeda is a truly authentic Barbados experience.
The creator of Andromeda Botanic Gardens, 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:
International Agenda for Botanic Gardens in Conservation.
Andromeda Botanic Gardens is located on the Atlantic coast of Barbados near to Tent bay at Bathsheba.
The gardens sit on the boundary of the parishes of St. John and St. Joseph about 300 yards from the Atlantic Ocean.
The East Coast of Barbados is breathtakingly beautiful and is the perfect setting for Botanic Gardens like those at Andromeda.
Sustainability – This is a positive movement and Andromeda Botanic Gardens has adopted a variety of eco-friendly practices. Only organic pest controls are used and green fertilizer is grown in the Gardens.
Come and visit this unique garden. Walk through the winding pathways as you journey through this horticultural delight. Be amazed at the variety of unique trees, some of which are not found anywhere else in the Caribbean. Have a look at the wonderful palm collection; marvel at some of the succulent plants; be mesmerized by wonderful perfumes; and watch the hummingbirds as they feed on the Heliconias. Relax by the main pond and enjoy the spirit of this wonderful space. Welcome to Andromeda Botanic Gardens, Barbados!
Iris Bannochie - 'Amazing' and an 'Inspirational Mentor'
Andromeda Gardens was established by Iris Bannochie (1914-1988) and her husband at the time Dr Harry Bayley around her holiday home in St Joseph. These Gardens are a collection of different plants from many other tropical and sub-tropical locations, either collected by Iris Bannochie herself, or given to her as gifts. Mrs Bannochie was the foremost horticulturalist in Barbados and was awarded the prestigious Veitch Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society, England. She bequeathed Andromeda 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. Iris Bannochie was devoted to horticultural training and a wide range of horticultural courses including design workshops and practical horticulture programmes are all available at Andromeda Botanic Gardens. Take part in one of the Workshops – principles of design are universal!
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 (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.