Bath Botanical Gardens, Saint Thomas

Established in 1779, the rural community of Bath in Saint Thomas is home to Jamaica's oldest and the Caribbean's second oldest botanical garden. Jamaica has four public botanical gardens which are sadly all clustered in one end of the island. However, I'm from that side of the island yet I still haven't explored all four! Last … Continue reading Bath Botanical Gardens, Saint Thomas

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Castleton Botanical Gardens, Saint Mary

The Castleton Botanical Gardens sit in a river valley on both sides of the Junction main road which links the Saint Andrew and Saint Mary parishes. It is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the western hemisphere, established in 1862 by English planter Colonel Castle on what was once a sugar plantation. The Bath … Continue reading Castleton Botanical Gardens, Saint Mary

Harmonious Enjoyment Garden, Saint Andrew

The Harmonious Enjoyment Garden, referred to simply as the 'Chinese Garden', is a gift to Jamaica from the Chinese government, situated inside the Royal Botanical Gardens (Hope Gardens) in Saint Andrew. There was no better time than Thursday January 26th to visit because the unexpected tranquility restored my spirits, one clinical rotation down and three … Continue reading Harmonious Enjoyment Garden, Saint Andrew