The St Vincent Botanic Gardens are located in Kingstown, the capital city of St Vincent and the Grenadines. it is one of St Vincent main tourist attraction and venue for weddings, photographing, family celebrations, dating, studying and other special events. The St Vincent Botanic Gardens were established in 1765 by General Robert Melville, then Governor of the Windward Islands. At that time they were administered by the British War Office. The foundation was as a garden for “the cultivation and improvement of many plants now growing wild and the importation of others from similar climates” which “would be of great use to the public and vastly improve the resources of the island.
Occupying 20 acres, The St Vincent Botanic Gardens are home to a wealth of tropical plants, flowers, trees and birds. The Nicholas Wildlife Aviary Complex, located within the Gardens, maintains a captive breeding program to conserve the vulnerable St Vincent Parrot, “Amazona guildingii”, the National Bird of St Vincent and the Grenadines. Among the wide variety of tropical trees and shrubs is a third generation breadfruit tree, a sucker from the original plant brought by Captain William Bligh in 1793. In 1787-88 Captain Bligh made his ill-fated voyage on the Bounty to Tahiti to collect breadfruit and other useful plants for the West Indies.
The St Vincent Botanic Gardens are a historic landmark of major national, regional and global significance, and remain under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Agriculture of St Vincent and the Grenadines, and the legacy of its 250 year history can be appreciated in the diversity of the mature trees and plants that can be enjoyed every day by visitors and locals who continue to use this gardens, hence fostering a sense of public ownership and increased appreciation of the Gardens’ historic and cultural significance.
The Botanic Gardens are one of St Vincent top attraction, visitors and locals alike can visit the gardens on a daily basis and enjoy the beauty and relaxation it has to offer. The Botanic Garden is open every day from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm and charges a fee of $5 EC dollars per adult, and $2.50 EC dollars for children under the age of 12. A guided tour throughout the gardens is also available for a fee of $10 EC dollars offered by some very knowledgeable tour guides. There are also tour operators on the island that offer a guided tour of The St Vincent Botanic Gardens as part of a package deal which involves picking up from your hotel or from the cruise ship terminal and visiting other sites like Fort Charlotte and the Kingstown Anglican Church, but if you fancy visiting on your own, this is also very easy to do as the Botanic Gardens is approximately 1.5 Km which is about a 15 to 20 minutes walk or 3 to 5 minutes drive via public transport from the town center. In order to preserve the gardens there are a few simple rules to follow, there is no alcohol or smoking in the gardens, and no glass bottles are allowed, visitors to the Botanical Gardens are encouraged to take away their garbage and dispose of it responsibly, only authorized vehicles are allowed in the Gardens, so if you driving you will need to park outside the main entrance where you are encouraged to stop at the Visitors Center for a short orientation.The Botanical Gardens are a place of peace and natural beauty, so if you are looking for a nice quiet place to relax on your next visit to St Vincent, visit The St Vincent Botanic Gardens, you will not be disappointed.