About the garden
The Barbados National Trust
Andromeda Botanic Gardens was established by the renowned Iris Bannochie as a private family garden. Ms Bannochie was the most influential gardener from the West Indies 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. Ms Bannochie exhibited as Andromeda Gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 1982. At the time, it was the largest palm display the Show had ever seen.
Previously farmland, from 1954 Ms Bannochie created an outstanding garden, travelling around the world to add to her collection. There are at least 500 different plant species. 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. And what a legacy! Wonderful private gardens exist throughout the world as fine examples of our culture and Andromeda Botanic Gardens, a work of creative genius, is a fine example of Barbados’ heritage.
Andromeda is an organic garden and wildlife love this garden! At certain times of the year, you may 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.
Described by an RHS judge as "one of the most unique and outstanding gardens in the world", Andromeda has partnered with some of the great gardens of England. Andromeda Botanic Gardens – a great history and a fabulous future.