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Find Your Green Thumb

St Vincent and the Grenadines
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Find Your Green Thumb

Find Your Green Thumb

Located on the northern outskirts of Kingstown are St. Vincent’s Botanical Gardens, the oldest of its kind in the western hemisphere. Peaceful, lush, green, and colorful, the gardens are home to a wealth of tropical plants, flowers, trees, and birds. Occupying 20 acres, the gardens were created in 1765 by General Robert Melville, governor of the British Caribbean islands, as a plant breeding center and “to provide medicinal plants for the military and improve the life and economy of the colony.”

In its early years, the gardens played an essential role in developing plants (including black pepper, breadfruit, and nutmeg) for propagation not just on St. Vincent, but all the British possessions in the Caribbean. You can explore on your own, though if you are not an amateur botanist you may want to sign up for a guided tour that will provide insights into the plants in their collection.