Photographer's Note

"The natural wonders of St. Vincent can be seen in microcosm at the Botanical Gardens. These gardens are the oldest in the Western Hemisphere. It was built in 1763 and established in 1765 as a commercial breeding ground for plants brought from other parts of the world. In fact, these gardens were Captain Bligh's original destination when the mutiny on the HMS Bounty delayed his first scheduled arrive; he eventually completed a second voyage.

Located in the northern part and just a good walk from the centre of town, the Garden covers 20 acres and is overlooked by the Governor General's House. The garden host a large variety of tropical plants from all over the world, amongst these can b e found a descendant of the original Breadfruit tree which Captain Bligh brought to the island. There is also a tree, the SPACEA ELEGANS, better known as the Soufriere Tree, a species unique to St. Vincent and not found in the wild since 1912. Knowledgeable guides will be able to explain, identify and describe local uses for each plant and can give you a well-informed tour of the grounds."

An old slide that was just recently scanned.

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Additional Photos by Paul Legros (Paul57) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 188 W: 4 N: 233] (2223)
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