Hello, I’m Lisa Remby. I have shared photos of my Zone 6b Massachusetts garden on GPOD before (A New Garden in Massachusetts). Recently, my husband and I visited two gardens in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, a small, tropical, Zone 13 island in the Caribbean. The first, St. Vincent Botanical Gardens, is the oldest in the Western Hemisphere, founded in 1765 primarily to provide medicinal plants for the British military. Captain Bligh famously brought the first breadfruit plant to these botanical gardens, and now breadfruit is a staple of the St. Vincent diet. The second, Montreal Gardens, is the private garden of a passionate gardener. The bus ride around the cliffs and over the hills of St. Vincent to this rainforest garden was frightening at times, but I just knew it would be worth the drive. Indeed, it was a leisurely walk through a lush, tropical forest with more flowers and large-leafed plants than I could name or count!
The main allée of the botanical garden—very parklike in its orientation. There are mountains in the distance, but they were obscured by clouds at that moment. (Clouds typically blow by, and sun is shining in the next moment.)
Jacaranda trees (Jacaranda mimosifolia, Zone 10) dot the property at the St. Vincent Botanical Gardens.
As you would expect at any botanical garden, there are quite a few tree species, including palms, pines, and deciduous trees such as the cannonball tree (Couroupita guianensis, Zone 11), which was blooming during our visit. The pollinated flowers produce the fruits that give the cannonball tree its common name. The fruits also grow on the vines along the trunk, not from branches.
False birds of paradise (Heliconia, Zone 10), aka lobster claws, were present along the path—and there were other varieties in orange and pink! Just look at the beautiful variegated greenery on the forest floor.
There were several large angel’s trumpets (Brugmansia, Zone 9) or trumpet flower trees at Montreal Gardens. Such a treat!
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