Botanical Gardens

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Botanical Gardens
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The Botanical Gardens are one of the most important and popular sites in St Vincent. They are the oldest botanical gardens in the Western Hemisphere (established in 1765) and are also an important conservation site (particularly for the St Vincent parrot). The Botanical Gardens are in Kingstown, a short journey from the town centre.
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Morgan W
Noblesville, IN560 contributions
Beautiful and green, a lovely stop on our tour. It was especially sweet seeing all the school kids touring the place.
Written 21 April 2022
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Mikopath
Birmingham, UK61 contributions
Couples
Excellent historic botanical gardens with lots to see. It’s very cheap to get in and on top of that we hired a local guide for a couple of pounds more which was a great move. Cornelius was very well-informed and after his tour we spent a further hour or so just strolling. Allow a couple of hours to do it justice.
Written 7 March 2022
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Big_Jeff_Leo
St Helens, UK19 957 contributions
They are the oldest botanical gardens in the Western Hemisphere (established in 1765). Well forth a visit and only $5 to enter, you get an array of plant and trees plus some Parrots and birds in the Avery. If you want the full experience then I suggest a guide who will point out many of the highlights including some everyday household things that you might not recognize in their pure natural form.
Written 22 February 2022
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Ford
CA15 contributions
Small and easy to walk around. There is a nominal fee. The gardens are well maintained and a nice variety of tropical plants and trees.
Written 22 February 2022
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William S
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My wife and I spent a couple of hours in the Kingstown Botanical gardens, the oldest in the western hemisphere. There are trees and shrubs from all over the world, many of them in bloom. We had a guide ($8) who pointed out the historically and agriculturally interesting plants. He was able to explain a great deal about the blooming and fruiting of the trees. I was interested to see a nutmeg tree and a huge variety of palm trees. Also of interest was an exhibit of the St. Vincent parrot, a large, colorful and raucous bird. As we sat in a gazebo enjoying the cool breeze, the fragrant snow on the mountain absolutely filled the garden. There were many brightly colored shrubs and a poinsettia bush 8 feet tall. The garden is on a slope, steep in places with paths that weren't all smooth, that made it difficult at times to push my wife's wheelchair, but it was just about manageable.
Written 18 January 2022
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Katherine
Dawson City, Canada2 contributions
Family
The botanical gardens in SVD were awesome! We went with our six year old and our guide John was fantastic! He pointed out interesting plants, creatures and we definitely learned a lot! We now know why these are called the spice islands!!
Written 28 December 2021
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BlueFoot_Travel
British Virgin Islands127 contributions
Family
Spend a wonderful few hours wandering around these beautiful gardens. upon arrival you have the option to get a guide, which we did. It was well worth it. As we learnt a lot about the local plants and had fun too. Don’t miss it.
Written 31 May 2020
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bigglesStrathaven
Glasgow, UK722 contributions
WE WENT ON A GENTLE STROLL THROUGH THE GARDENS with a local guide who took the time to stop and eexplain the various trees and plants within the gardens and something not to miss is going to see the parrots in a small aviary.
Written 12 April 2020
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William L
London37 contributions
We were stayiing in Bequia and having read a little about the Botanical Gardens in nearby Kingstown thought we would make the trip. After a short ferry ride and a little difficulty we found the bus station and with the help of the locals found our bus. 1 EC$ each was the cost which is almost nothing. I would not recommend walking there as it is uphill, very steep and very hot.

The gardens are a delight. It is well worth hiring a guide and it's not expensive. We had the wonderful Errol. Without Errol we would have missed so much. Beautiful trees and shrubs from all over the world and even some endangered but beautiful parrots. Errol even suggested our lunch venue, Veejays in Kingstown, which together with the bus ride with Bob Marley blasting out at full volume was a truly Caribbean experience.
Written 14 March 2020
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HarleyDeeChatham
Chatham, UK21 contributions
US$2 gets you in. If you want a guide, that's US$6. If you are really into your tropical plants, then go for the latter. If you just want to amble around the open space, at your own pace and don't mind reading the odd label or even not knowing what the plants are, then US$2 is very reasonable.

There are summer houses, to take a shade break in, as you wander round and the gardens as a whole are well laid out. In one corner are the parrot cages, where they are running a breeding programme for the endangered St Vincent Parrot.

If you are lucky (like us) you will come across the gardeners knocking down coconuts with bamboo poles. What happens to them then? They split them open, drink the milk, eat the cream and share with any passing tourists! I promise, you will never buy a supermarket coconut again, once you've scooped the soft creamy flesh out of one straight off the tree.

Besides the various exotic trees, there are flowering plants too and trees producing huge and strange colourful flowers, such as the Cannonball Tree.

If you don't mind walking, then the gardens are about 30 minutes (1.5 miles) from the cruise terminal. You also get to see other things on the walk, such as the old police station/prison. If you can't or don't fancy the walk, there are no shortage of taxi drivers waiting at the port.

If you are staying local for your visit to St Vincent, then the botanical gardens are definitely worth a visit.
Written 13 March 2020
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