About the garden
The Barbados National Trust leased to Passiflora Ltd
Andromeda Gardens was established by the renowned Iris Bannochie as a private family garden. Ms Bannochie was the most influential gardener from the region and her accolades include three RHS Gold medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show; RHS Veitch medal; and the Silver Crown of Merit awarded by the Barbadian government.
Previously farmland, from 1954 Ms Bannochie created a garden with many trees, palms and other plants collected from her travels from many other tropical and sub-tropical locations. The variety of plants in this historic garden is unparalleled and simply wonderful – a true horticultural delight. She bequeathed Andromeda Botanic 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.
Wildlife love Andromeda too – if you have patience, you will see hummingbirds and butterflies galore, including monarchs. Stay late and you’ll see our resident monkeys looking for food, playing or even fighting. Relax by the pond, one of the most tranquil spots in the garden, and watch the dragonflies or even feed the fish with the children.
The creativity of the garden extends to the Andromeda Gallery Lounge which provides an opportunity for local artists and craftspeople to display and sell their work. Mahogany sculptures, hand-made soaps and perfumes, bags, art and photography are all available at the Gallery Lounge.
On your visit, stop by the café which offers simple, nicely presented food including Bajan fishcakes, sandwiches with home-made bread and organically grown salads (when available) from our own organic garden or just treat yourselves to a cup of coffee and a slice of cake.