TROPICAL GARDENS IN ST. VINCENT
For gardening and natural history enthusiasts St Vincent has so much to offer. Take a trip to the wonderful Mesopotamia Valley, a beautiful landscape of farmlands and gardens. Stroll through lush 20 acres of the oldest Botanical Gardens in the western hemisphere. And experience the diversity of our habitats at the Vermont Nature Trail.
Located on the northern outskirts of Kingstown are the Botanical Gardens. Peaceful, lush, green and colourful, the gardens are home to a wealth of tropical plants, flowers, trees and birds.
Occupying 20 acres, the Gardens were created in 1765 by General Robert Melville, governor of the British Caribbean islands, as a plant breeding centre and 'to provide medicinal plants for the military and improve the life and economy of the colony'. Three acres were set aside for the established of a Government House. The Botanical Gardens is the oldest of its kind in the western hemisphere, and celebrated its 240th anniversary in 2005. On February 6th 2012 preparations for the restoration of the site were unveiled as part of the celebration of its 250th anniversary in 2015.
They are famous for being the destination of Captain Bligh’s second visit to the Caribbean in 1798 (his first ended in the infamous mutiny on the Bounty) when he introduced breadfruit to the island. A descendant of one of his original breadfruit trees thrives in today’s gardens.
Entrance is free, but a friendly guide will take you on an informative tour for a small fee. The Gardens is opened from 6am to 6pm daily.
St. Vincent’s Vermont Nature Trail
This is also the habitat for the Whistling Warbler, Black Hawk, Cocoa Thrush, the Crested Hummingbird, Redcapped Green Tanager, Green Heron and several other interesting species.
Trekking the Vermont Nature Trail is a fun and educational hiking experience as well as a wonderful destination for bird watching.
Located just 9 miles from Kingstown, driving time is approximately half an hour.
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