Botanical Gardens
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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  • Susan A
    London, United Kingdom12 contributions
    Lovely experience.
    Such a beautiful, tranquil place. Ian, our guide was great - he really brought it all to life. Would definitely recommend having a guide - you could miss so much. We found it all so interesting. And the Vincy parrots responded!! It was $5 EC for entry - less than £2!!! Definitely visit if you are in St Vincent.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 March 2023
  • Amanda W
    1,111 contributions
    Excellent
    Wonderful gardens. Most botanic gardens I have found boring but this was great, more like an exotic park. I would recommend having a guide to get the best out of what you are seeing. On a slight hill but not too steep. Very peaceful. Don't miss the parrots, though it is sad they are all in cages. Toilets.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 25 July 2023
  • drew d
    Beacon, New York509 contributions
    Beautiful grounds, wonderful pictures
    We did a quick drive thru as part of an excursion from the cruise ship. Lots of plants and trees to take interesting pictures of including the tree that crushed a school bus during Hurricane Maria 1994? - no one was hurt! Could have spent hours here, so beautiful!
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 August 2023
  • JH-Haslemere
    Surrey, United Kingdom28 contributions
    Well worth a visit
    We visited here in May which isn't the time of year when the gardens are at their most colourful but we still had a very enjoyable couple of hours being shown round by Cornelius who was very knowledgeable and patient. Whilst a guide is not mandatory you will get an awful lot more out of our visit by having one as you will learn about the history of the gardens from their original inception and appreciate how it has developed over the years and the fact that many of the trees/plants are not indigenous but have been brought here over the years from many countries. We particularly enjoyed that Cornelius took the time to explain the uses of some of the plants/trees whether it be for medicinal purposes or for more practical purposes, the tree who's leaves could be used as sandpaper and the tree who's wood was very hard and used for making tool handles were just some of the many things we would never have learnt about had we walked round on our own. If you've got a couple of hours to spare this place is well worth a visit.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 November 2023
  • machinmad
    Yaxley, United Kingdom2,490 contributions
    Educational and fun ...
    This colonial garden is about 40mins walk from the cruise port; take stout shoes as the pavements are very rough or non existent. It’s up hill in the heat too. Admission is only $2 but make sure you pay the extra $6 to get a guide. We were fortunate to get a guy who knew everything about everything in the garden. He explained each tree and shrub, showing which had spicy scents and what they were used for. It really was an enjoyable education and a fascinating hour. I think these guys are self-employed, so tip them generously. There are restrooms, a small gift shop and cold drinks for a couple of dollars.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 January 2024
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machinmad
Yaxley, UK2,490 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
This colonial garden is about 40mins walk from the cruise port; take stout shoes as the pavements are very rough or non existent. It’s up hill in the heat too.

Admission is only $2 but make sure you pay the extra $6 to get a guide. We were fortunate to get a guy who knew everything about everything in the garden. He explained each tree and shrub, showing which had spicy scents and what they were used for. It really was an enjoyable education and a fascinating hour. I think these guys are self-employed, so tip them generously.

There are restrooms, a small gift shop and cold drinks for a couple of dollars.
Written 26 January 2024
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lithlith
Michigan884 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
We walked here from the cruise ship in about 20-25 minutes using Google Maps that we has pre-downloaded, which was good because things were not well signed in St. Vincent. The entry fee to the gardens is just a couple of dollars ($2 USD each) each and then you are required to have a guide inside the gardens which you pay at the end (required $5 USD each, we gave our guide $20 for the two of us). We had an hour long tour with Jeffery, who was great. He showed us all around and pointed all nearly every plant and tree long the way. He was constantly picking up leaves, nuts, etc, and pulling examples out of his backpack to show us and have us smell. It was a solid tour.
Written 13 January 2024
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JH-Haslemere
Surrey, UK28 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
We visited here in May which isn't the time of year when the gardens are at their most colourful but we still had a very enjoyable couple of hours being shown round by Cornelius who was very knowledgeable and patient.

Whilst a guide is not mandatory you will get an awful lot more out of our visit by having one as you will learn about the history of the gardens from their original inception and appreciate how it has developed over the years and the fact that many of the trees/plants are not indigenous but have been brought here over the years from many countries.

We particularly enjoyed that Cornelius took the time to explain the uses of some of the plants/trees whether it be for medicinal purposes or for more practical purposes, the tree who's leaves could be used as sandpaper and the tree who's wood was very hard and used for making tool handles were just some of the many things we would never have learnt about had we walked round on our own.

If you've got a couple of hours to spare this place is well worth a visit.
Written 18 November 2023
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drew d
Beacon, NY509 contributions
Sept 2022 • Solo
We did a quick drive thru as part of an excursion from the cruise ship. Lots of plants and trees to take interesting pictures of including the tree that crushed a school bus during Hurricane Maria 1994? - no one was hurt! Could have spent hours here, so beautiful!
Written 3 August 2023
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Amanda W
Oxford, England1,111 contributions
Mar 2023
Wonderful gardens. Most botanic gardens I have found boring but this was great, more like an exotic park. I would recommend having a guide to get the best out of what you are seeing. On a slight hill but not too steep. Very peaceful. Don't miss the parrots, though it is sad they are all in cages. Toilets.
Written 25 July 2023
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CAL
6 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
On arrival we decided to do a guided tour with Ian and he was great! Ian was friendly and knew so much about the gardens it was very impressive. The plants/trees were amazing and very interesting. We also had the chance to see some gorgeous parrots. We had a great time. Thank you to Ian and the team.
Written 23 June 2023
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Charles M
2 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
Definitely get the guide! Sanford was awesome and really enhances the garden with his knowledge. He would crush leaves for the fragrance and would have us guess what it was. Totally a must do on the island
Written 12 June 2023
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JenAndNeilLawrence
Asheville5 contributions
Apr 2023
Only EC5 to enter--great deal if you love plants. Take a guide for EC10 per hour. We were told December is really nice for the "hibiscus avenue" to be in bloom.
Written 1 May 2023
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Susan A
London, UK12 contributions
Mar 2023 • Friends
Such a beautiful, tranquil place. Ian, our guide was great - he really brought it all to life. Would definitely recommend having a guide - you could miss so much. We found it all so interesting. And the Vincy parrots responded!!
It was $5 EC for entry - less than £2!!!
Definitely visit if you are in St Vincent.
Written 6 March 2023
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Sam
13 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
A little walk from the cruise port - may be best to take a taxi if it’s hot! Would definitely recommend using a guide which is an extra $4 per person - our guide was excellent, very informative and gave us a great tour which takes about an hour.
Written 13 February 2023
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