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. Mrs Bannochie was the most influential gardener from the West Indies and her accolades include three RHS Gold medals at RHS Chelsea Flower Show; RHS Veitch medal; and the Silver Crown of Merit awarded by the Barbadian government.
Previously farmland, from 1954 Mrs Bannochie created a garden with many trees, palms and other plants collected from her travels. There are at least 80 different species of trees, more than 70 different species of palms and plenty more shrubs and herbaceous plants. Contrasts of texture, form, colour and light abound and the journey through the garden is wonderfully poetic.
Iris Bannochie 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.
Andromeda is an organic garden loved by wildlife. Visitors able to linger for a while will see hummingbirds and butterflies galore, including monarchs. As a botanic garden, Andromeda is a member of Botanic Gardens Conservation International; the University of the West Indies is responsible for research; and Andromeda is a registered provider of tertiary level education. Andromeda offers a variety of courses and also hosts local and international internships. The demand for these are proving to be increasing popular. Described by an RHS judge as ‘one of the most unique and outstanding gardens in the world', Andromeda has also partnered with some of the great gardens of England.