Hunte's Gardens Hwy 3A, Coffee Gully, Castle Grant, St. Joseph, (246) 433-3333. Daily 9am-5pm.
|exterior sign for Hunte's Gardens in Barbados|
Claiming to be “the most enchanting place on earth,” these spectacular gardens were crafted by horticulturalist Anthony Hunte. Opened to the public in 2007, the lush garden of tropical plants covers 2 acres. They are set mostly in a sink hole (a collapsed cave) on part of a historic plantation set among the ruins of the circa 1643 Castle Grant sugar factory. And they are, indeed, enchanting. Paths lead deep into a gully of terraced greenery where palms, papyrus, orchids, and crotons flourish. But you won’t find roses because they can’t grow in this climate.
|gully garden at Hunte's Gardens in Barbados|
Mr. Hunte is an enthusiastic and convivial host and leads most tours. He isn’t fond of the island’s green monkeys because, “They eat everything. They take one bite and throw it away.” Scattered benches permit resting, and rum punch and afternoon tea are served in the former stables that is now Hunte’s home. Don’t miss the restroom with a delightful cut-out that serves as an open-air window to the garden, or the informal gift shop on the verandah. And do come prepared with insect repellent--I ran into many “no see-ums.”
|owner Anthony Hunte at Hunte's Gardens in Barbados|
|owner Anthony Hunte displays a praying orchid at Hunte's Gardens in Barbados|
|water garden at Hunte's Gardens in Barbados|
|water garden with Buddha at Hunte's Gardens in Barbados|
|after-tour relaxation with Anthony Hunte and cat Marble at Hunte's Gardens in Barbados|
|open-air view from loo at Hunte's Gardens in Barbados|
A great tie-in is a visit to Harrison’s Cave, which is reached via a pleasant drive through Barbados back roads.
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